Jets Cornerback Donald Strickland Calls Mark LeVoir’s Hit a ‘Cheap Shot’


November 24, 2009

Donald Strickland should’ve just hoped that everyone would forget about the fact that he got laid out by the Patriots’ backup left tackle in the Jets’ 31-14 loss on Sunday.

Instead, the New York cornerback is choosing to bring this illustrious moment back into the limelight by insisting it was a cheap shot:

Strickland sustained a concussion after taking that hit from New England’s Mark LeVoir, who switched from right tackle to left tackle after Sebastian Vollmer went down with a head injury. According to, Strickland said the helmet-to-helmet hit was poor form.

“I think it was a real cheap shot,” he told the Web site. “He really didn’t have to go at my head like that, especially with the NFL’s precaution about helmet-to-helmet contact.”

Strickland did not return to the field after taking the hit.

“It happened,” he continued. “It was a block and he took advantage of it. But I guarantee you the next time we play them it’s going to be a different story. I’m making a point of emphasis to retaliate. That’s the way I feel.”

Ladies and gentlemen, the 5-foot-10, 185-pound Strickland squares off against the 6-foot-7, 310-pound LeVoir. Can’t wait to see how this one ends.

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