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Henderson feels vindicated

Post by News Tribune Staff on Oct. 27, 2006 at 3:59 pm with 22 Comments »
October 27, 2006 3:59 pm

Seahawks quarterback Matt HasselbeckVikings linebacker E.J. HendersonVikings LB E.J. Henderson told reporters in Minnesota today what he said earlier in the week: There was nothing dirty about the hit that knocked Seahawks QB Matt Hasselbeck out with a sprained knee. Said Henderson: “It felt good not to be fined. Nobody wants to lose money.” As for Hasselbeck’s charge that the hit was dirty: “I don’t care what Hasselbeck said. I already said before that it wasn’t a dirty hit, so I really care less what he said. If he thought it was dirty or not. I already told it wasn’t on purpose. I said I hope he wasn’t injured.” And does he care if he talks to Hasselbeck about it: “No, I don’t care, it’s over. He’s out for a couple weeks, see you when you get back.” As to whether or not the hit was dirty, my earlier take on this is here.

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  1. GladiatorHawk says:

    Very typical comment by someone (Henderson) who knows he’s guilty. So arrogant is he.

  2. PapaHawk says:

    Karma has a weird way of coming full circle. We’ll see how E.J. fairs the rest of the year. If he stays healthy, and without issue, then we’ll know he didn’t mean any harm at all. Bottom line- Hass knows it, he should have been more aware and jumped out of the way, he had time.

  3. joecrowther says:

    BS… Someone tell Tom Brady to watch his back.

  4. jasonfred says:

    As if the pot needed any more stirring.

  5. MagooGirl says:

    I don’t really care to play the Vikes in the playoffs, but the evil side of me really hopes that he reaps what he’s sown…….

  6. PhilKenSebben says:

    Does any of this have to do with all the complaints about QB over protection that everyone was talking about when that bad roughing the passer call was made in Tampa a couple of weeks ago? Were the refs and NFL Propaganda Minister Pereira being lenient due to the “What do you have to take the Quarterback down with a pillow?

  7. JimWilke says:

    “See you when you get back.” Big talk. Henderson had better hope that the Vikings don’t play Seattle for a very long time.

  8. PapaHawk says:

    If I injur a QB in a play like that…I respond differently. Kimo did. The Vikes are a grumpy, dirty, team. E.J. is just part of it.

  9. twisted_steel2 says:

    I get the same feeling Papa, that’s a dirty team all the way from the front office to the players on the field.

  10. I’m interested to find out how Hutch feels/felt about the incident. I’m sure we’ll never know, but if he felt it was on purpose, I think Henderson heard about it.

  11. Haynesworth and Henderson went to the Conrad Dobler school of football etiquette.

  12. WiscCory says:

    I believe Hass should’ve kept his comment to himself. We can make our own judgements without his take. Now he’s going to get a reputation as a whiner.

    Take care of it on the field the next time you see him, or let it die.

  13. SnakeDoctor says:

    WiscCory – That came very close to ending Hasselbeck’s season. He has every right to voice his concern. Especially when the ball was long gone. I like him having a take. Doesn’t get much better than that!!!

  14. singersp says:

    I have never seen so many Seahawks fans this deep into denial since last years Superbowl loss.

    The video of the play clearly shows #38 Mack Strong blocking E.J. Henderson, knocking him backwards & into Hasselbeck. Hasselbeck didn’t see it because he’s looking down field watching his pass to see if it was completed or not.

    Video doesn’t lie. Anyone that watches the replay of the injury & still claims it to be a "cheap shot" or intentional is either in denial, blind, a fool or two of the three. That pretty much sums up most of the comments posted here.

  15. bartholder22 says:

    Sing- this would have died if it weren’t for the comments made by the persons involved– Mack and Matt, both professional football players w/ extensive experience, thought Henderson should have stopped on the play– he didn’t, it was not illegal just completely unecessary, like body slamming Hackett later in the game–

    Video doesn’t lie??? Mack didn’t even extend his arms towards Matt when pushing EJ- he was pushing down on him so his momementum should have carried him down not towards Hass–

    Dirty hit, EJ will get his that is a guarantee next time he suits up against the Hawks

  16. WiscCory says:

    Singer – the point you didn’t address is the high 5’s on the Viking sideline. I think you’ve gone to an extreme with your thought, and a generalization about the fans that isn’t true.

    Snake – Strong had a definite role in EJ rolling into Hass. It’s not indesputable that EJ did it on purpose, though, and that’s why I wish Hass would’ve been less public on the matter. The “EJ only knows” part is what I would’ve prefered Hass limited his public thoughts to.

  17. jzulaski says:


    Video DOESN’T lie but, your interpretation of it seems flawed.

    I watched and rewatched it like 10 times. I slow-motioned it through the incident back and forth. Here is the sequence of events:

    1. Mack blocks Henderson down to the ground,
    2. the ball is released.
    3. Henderson turns his head to watch the ball
    4. Henderson was down but then scuttles his lower body to his left right into Hasselbeck after the play was over.
    5. Hasselbeck goes down in pain.
    6. Henderson celebrates on the sidelines.

    It’s plain as the nose on your face. Henderson’s motion to the ground was completely stopped but through an additional effort on his part, he slid his body into Hasselbeck while looking back at the ball. Even after Henderson hits Hasselbeck, he never looks back at Matt.

    But, in NO way did Mack block him back into Matt. Henderson did THAT under his own power.

    How you missed that is very surprising to me. But don’t take my word for it, you should go back and look at it again. That game is now listed under ComCast’s local games under the ON Demand area (if you have Comcast).


    Joe Zulaski

  18. JimWilke says:

    I suspect Matt has watched the video a few times and, better than that, he was there. I’ll take his word for what happened.

  19. cititravis says:

    I just want to know whe that mug shot was taken of EJ…talk about looking guilty the pic does not lie.LOL

  20. jzulaski says:

    I just went back and watched NFL Replay’s version of the Seahawk/Vikings game and specifically the hit on Hasselbeck.

    Now I can understand how Singer could feel that Mack Strong blocked Henderson into Matt. The angle of the view of the play that NFL Replay has looks like that’s what happened.

    But, I recorded the game that day and there were many other angles of that play – some clearly showing that Mack Strong’s block was down to the ground and clear of Matt. Then you can see Henderson scuttle sideways.

    So, I can understand why Singer would feel the way he does. If you don’t see the play at the right angle, you would think that Mack Strong blocked Henderson into the Quarterback.


    Joe Zulaski

  21. singersp says:

    Sorry, but I taped the game as well. Watch it again & this time take off your Seahawk shades. EJ is going for a clean hit on Hasselbeck, Strong blocks him down to the ground & he slides into Hasselbeck from the force of the block.

    “A body in motion, tends to remain in motion”.

    You will notice & pay careful attention, (got those glasses off) both of Hendersons knees & hands are on the turf & NEVER leave the turf. In order for him to “scuttle” as you claim, he would have to move them in order to do so. Again he NEVER does.

    The NFL commission viewed the play from all the angles as well & made their ruling correctly.

    Now it’s sad that your QB was injured on the play, I hate to see any player get injured, but this is the NFL & injuries happen.

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