On top of losing to the San Francisco 49ers in Week 12, 31-21, New Orleans Saints defensive tackle Brodrick Bunkley got himself into some hot water by kicking 49ers offensive tackle Alex Boone in the back of the head following a blocked 49ers field-goal attempt.
After the play, Bunkley was called for the personal foul and ejected from the game. The Saints were forced to start their offensive drive at their own 11-yard line as opposed to the 22, and the ensuing unsuccessful drive would wind up being the final drive of the game.
The video can be seen below:
From the looks of the video, Boone seemed to attempt to kick Bunkley as Bunkley was attempting to help him up, at least at first glance. However, it may look that way due to the angle of the video, as there's a good chance that Bunkley just hovered over Boone for a bit too long prior to the kick.
This was certainly a dirty act by Bunkley, especially in light of New Orleans' controversy this season with Bountygate. Many will likely call for Bunkley to be suspended on top of the fine he is sure to receive.
The officials made the right call in ejecting Bunkley from the game. Had that kick been any harder, who knows what could have happened. On top of that, this is not the image that the NFL wants to send out to their sponsors and viewers.
Now you will have your chance to sound off. Do you believe the NFL should suspend Bunkley for the kick?
Keep in mind the precedent for this would be Ndamukong Suh's stomp last Thanksgiving Day against the Green Bay Packers. Suh was suspended for two games due to that stomp.
If you feel Bunkley should be suspended, for how long should he serve said suspension? And if not, what punishment would be fair?
Thank you in advance for your feedback.