Receiver Early Doucet and San Francisco safety Dashon Goldson got into it after a play Sunday, with Goldson getting ejected after throwing a couple of punches. There was a lot of talk about the officials only catching the retaliation and not the instigator, and since Goldson didn’t talk afterward, all we were left with was Doucet’s explanation that he had been victim of a cheap shot first. Doucet said he was running his route and suddenly found himself on the ground after a Goldson hit well away from the play.
TV replays only caught Doucet taking a push/swipe at Goldson, which escalated it. The cameras didn’t catch the original play — Doucet was downfield and QB Rich Bartel was sacked on the play, so that’s where camera were concentrated — so that was all there was to go on. Turns out, the whole thing might have started with an accident.
Another video view showed Doucet cutting across the field as he said, and Goldson in deep coverage near him. Doucet was looking into the backfield hoping for a pass — but it looks like Goldson was too. Goldson moved up instinctively on the play, and it looks like Goldson never even saw Doucet at that point. Goldson cuts Doucet off — both sets of eyes still up the field. The two collided, and Doucet went down, just like he said. Certainly, Doucet didn’t see Goldson, and it is easy to understand why Doucet felt like he had received a cheap shot.
It took off from there, and Larry Fitzgerald eventually had to hold Doucet back (pictured below) to avoid getting tossed himself.
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