There was an awfully big hubbub in San Francisco about tight end Vernon Davis, who was kicked out of the game by Mike Singletary for his attitude during Sunday’s game.
Well, the play that preceded Davis being booted from the sidelines was when he was tackled by Brian Russell, after which Davis hit Russell in the facemask, for which he was given an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty.
Davis said Russell told him to try harder, which I asked Russell about. He just smiled with a Cheshire grin; he clearly said a little more than that.
Regarding the hit to the facemask by Davis, he said it was hard enough to warrant a penalty. “The good thing about it was the ref was standing right there,” Russell said. “Usually it happens and you go complain to the ref and he tells you he didn’t see it. But he was standing right next to us, and when he hit me in the facemask I looked at him and said, ‘You have to call that one, right?’ Hey, 15 yards for the good guys. What are you gonna do?”