After last year’s game against the New Orleans Saints and safety Roman Harper, Tennessee Titans wide receiver Nate Washington says that he wasn’t at all surprised when Harper’s name surfaced as being a part of the Saints bounty scandal. He wasn’t sure if there were any bounties out on them during their game, but he did say that Harper played the game in a dirty way.
“I don’t know if I could tell that was something he was trying to do in order to be rewarded for it on a financial end. I’m not gonna say that,” Washington told TitanInsider.com. “But some of the things I was watching from film, and some of the things he did from our game, it was just downright dirty.
“It’s already a brutal game, it’s already a gladiator sport. To go out there and give it your all and to have someone there pulling the stuff he was pulling, it makes us look bad as a league as a whole. It’s already something where you can go out there and get paralyzed, and to have someone out there playing like that, it makes it even worse.”
Washington described some of the questionable things that went on during their game against the Saints.
“He was just walking over guys, kneeing them, dirty things like pushing guys in the back while they’re not paying attention,” Washington said.
“Those are the types of things I was seeing on film, and then after what happened with Damian, face masks (penalties) are gonna happen, but I saw the picture on the Internet of the exact situation was what happened. Damian’s whole body was parallel to the ground. That’s how hard he grabbed Damian’s facemask, and on top of that you walk over a guy and knee him with your leg, that’s another sign of disrespect. You don’t do that.
“It’s already bad that you grabbed the guy’s facemask. We’ll take the penalty and gone on from that, but you walk over a guy and knee him with your leg, that’s a whole other level. You don’t play dirty like that.”