Cleveland Browns nose tackle Danny Shelton is tired of quarterbacks receiving preferential treatment from NFL officials.
In the fourth quarter of the Browns’ Week 1 matchup against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday, Browns defensive end Emmanuel Ogbah found himself in a blocking battle with Ben Roethlisberger after the Steelers QB threw an interception. After Ogbah shoved Roethlisberger, the two-time Super Bowl champion dove at Ogbah’s leg and then held onto his ankle.
Although it certainly was a cheap shot by way of Roethlisberger, the official, who was right in front of the play, failed to blow the whistle. After the game, Shelton aired out his feelings via Twitter.
It’s hard to argue with Shelton’s sentiments. It’s no secret that referees keep a keen eye out for quarterbacks’ safety, which often results in unjust calls against opposing defenders. But in the case of Ogbah, Roethlisberger definitely should have received a penalty.
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