American Football: Unprotected Head Stomp Results In 30 Stitches and Lengthy Suspension
On October 1, 2006, in a game between the Tennesee Titans and Dallas Cowboys, Dallas Cowboy’s center Andre Gurode fell to the ground and had his helmet removed. As Gurode lay on the ground, Titans defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth attempted to stomp on his head, but missed. His second stomp attempt did not, the metal cleats on Haynesworth’s shoe opened a severe wound on Gurode’s forehead, narrowly missing his right eye. Initially, a 15-yard penalty was issued for unsportsmanlike conduct. Haynesworth, however, was promptly ejected from the game when he threw his helmet to the ground in disgust. Gurode received 30 stitches around his right eye.
Aftermath: On October 2, 2006, Haynesworth was suspended for five games without pay by the NFL, the longest in NFL history for an on-the-field incident. Considering Haynesworth’s base salary of $646,251, the suspension cost more than $190,000. Gurode’s vision remained blurry for the rest of October, 2006. At present, both players continue to play football.