Browns S Damarious Randall ejected for brutal helmet-to-helmet hit on Diontae Johnson
Browns S Damarious Randall ejected for brutal helmet-to-helmet hit on Diontae JohnsonThe play happened midway through the third quarter when Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph threw a downfield sideline pass to a streaking Johnson from deep in Steelers territory as Cleveland led, 14-0.
In the fallout of thea week ago Thursday, for a helmet-to-helmet hit on Diontae Johnson became somewhat of an afterthought.
Some fans took extreme action online, however, to voice their displeasure with the Browns safety.that he received death threats and other derogatory comments online.
On the play, Randall delivered a late helmet-to-helmet hit, and Johnson suffered a concussion and was bleeding from his ear.
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"I get so many death threats, so many people calling me names, people saying, ‘Oh, I hope you get hurt, I’m going to kill you, this and that,'". "And it’s OK for fans to do it to us but then when we say something back, it’s a problem, we get in trouble. I just never understood that."
Randall said the hit was unintentional and that he apologized to Johnson on Instagram.
"I was just saying some prayers about it and that actually bothered me a little bit that he was laying there like that, because it just shows how dangerous this game is and how dangerous this game can be," he told cleveland.com. "Really, I just never intend to hurt anyone.’"
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The Arizona State product also noted the double standard athletes face on social media, referencing former teammate Jermaine Whitehead, who wasafter he threatened violence on social media. (Whitehead .)
"It's just funny to me how they blurt out and just say crazy, off the wall stuff, but just like the situation with one of my former teammates," Randall told cleveland.com. "He lost his job behind something like that, but it's OK for them to openly say stuff like that. I find that so crazy to me.’"
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