Sports software services learned that on Sunday, Pittsburgh’s Antonio Brown wanted Cleveland’s Spencer Lanning to know that he was not trying to injure the punter with his now world-famous jump kick.
In Pittsburgh’s 30-27 win, Brown kicked Lanning’s mouth when he was trying to jump over the player.
“I definitely had a conversation with him and I think he had a sense of humor about it and he understood what was intended on the play,” said Brown. “I think [Lanning] understood there was no intent to injure anyone.”
The player said that he still has to hear what the league has to say about this, but will almost certainly be hit with a fine for the play, which resulted in a 15-yard penalty due to unnecessary roughness.
Last December, Pittsburgh linebacker Terence Garvin was slapped with a $25,000 fine after a brutal play where he ended up breaking the jaw of Cincinnati punter Kevin Huber in a punt return by Brown that that ended in a TD.
Brown was going to return another punt for a TD when the player came across Lanning.
He didn’t try to move around Lanning – Brown tried to jump right over the player, and he said that this whole thing happened because he found himself in an difficult position when he was trying to make a play.
Brown’s kick was then shown all over the internet – there were all kinds of jokes about what the player did, and many fans found especially amusing those that were related to the famous “Karate Kid” films.
Will Johnson just smiled when he was asked if Brown was given any nicknames since the now world-famous kick took place.
“I haven’t heard anything yet,” he said, “but I’m sure we will.”
Many fans can’t help but think about Bruce Lee and his Kung-Fu when they see replays of the kick. They’re not sure what Brown’s true intentions were, but IDSca sports software services hope that something like this won’t happen again – no matter how amusing it may have been – considering how dangerous it can be for a player to be on the receiving end of the kick.