Antonio Smith: Swinging For The Faces
You’ve heard of helmet to helmet hits? How about a helmet to the face!
Houston Texans defensive end Antonio Smith – a.k.a. the “Ninja Assassin” – is likely facing a suspension after ripping off the helmet of a Miami Dolphins’ offensive lineman and attempting to use it as a weapon during a preseason game.
Video of the incident was first published by Fox Sports’ Jay Glazer.
The clip clearly shows Smith – a ten-year veteran out of Oklahoma State University – ripping off the helmet of offensive lineman Richie Incognito and swinging the helmet at Incognito’s head. No penalty was called on the play – and Smith wasn’t ejected – presumably because none of the referees officiating the game saw what happened.
Smith and Incognito have history. Last year, Smith was fined $21,000 (later reduced to $11,000) for kicking Incognito during a regular season game. Smith claims Incognito was twisting his ankle at the time.
The NFL regular season begins on Thursday September 5 when the defending Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens travel to Denver to take on Peyton Manning and the Broncos.