Posted November 18, 2013

Jason Babin rips dreads from Andre Ellington’s head during Jags-Cards game

AFC South, Arizona Cardinals, Jacksonville Jaguars, NFC West
Jason Babin shows off after grabbing the dreadlocks from Andre Ellington's head.

Jason Babin shows off after grabbing the dreadlocks from Andre Ellington’s head. (Photo via @Vincemarotta)

Jacksonville Jaguars defensive end Jason Babin played barber on Sunday, ripping the dreadlocks from Andre Ellington’s head in the third quarter of the Jaguars-Cardinals game.

This isn’t the first time a player has been brought down by his hair. In 2003, the NFL implemented a rule declaring that it’s legal to to grab a player’s hair anywhere on the field as it’s considered to be part of the uniform. In 2011, DeAngelo Williams complained about being tackled by the dreads, while Torrey Smith was famously dragged down by the dreads in a game against the Bengals.

Some good news for Ellington? His hair was apparently waiting for him in a plastic bag after the game.

46 comments
Darren1
Darren1

They might have been extensions -- see Chris Rock's "Good Hair" if you're not familiar with the concept. Me, I'm a honky married to an African American woman and while she doesn't wear them, my niece does.

Tigrrrl
Tigrrrl

You want to talk about ridiculous hair? Polamalu is the poster child for that. If Babin grabbed Ellington's hair, it's because the sorry loser couldn't catch anything else. 

rodp236
rodp236

Since they can't hit because of new rules, this is great. Gives the game a whole new avenue for competition.............................LOVE IT!

RaymondSmith
RaymondSmith

There's a reason we were told in HS your hair was not allowed past the back of the helmet -  Ricky Williams should be shot for starting this....

TimothyBrown
TimothyBrown

That is the only way Babin can draw attention since he is a wortless bum player otherwise

PatrickBatemanVP
PatrickBatemanVP

Andre Ellington's husband isn't going to be happy with Jason Babin.

ChipBarbre
ChipBarbre

That's not hair.  The little princess had his HAIR EXTENSIONS pulled off. If little girls want to play in the NFL, then losing their precious hair extensions comes w/ the territory.

train805
train805

I'm not sure it gets any more ghetto then having hair extension dreads. At least larry Fitzgerald is man enough to grow his own over time, and for a good reason. Hair extensions! Ghetto, moron.

NeoSmith
NeoSmith

Ummm... yeah... maybe you should cut that hair.  Or else put a hair cap on so they don't show.  Because if I'm paid to tackle, I'm going to grab whatever I need to grab to make that tackle.

leehwgoc
leehwgoc

lol!  The price of fashion, fellas.

kj4027
kj4027

Good, those dreads, which are really hair extensions, are starting to look ridiculous. Suddenly all these guys have hair growing half way down their backs? They must have some pretty quick growing hair :)  I am surprised the league hasn't said anything... but if they did, Goodell would be considered a racist so that's why they are probably letting it go.

JamesJoyce
JamesJoyce

What is it about trashy people and their trashy extensions.

MrArlington
MrArlington

The best part was when he tossed the hair on the ground at the end.

royalbucks
royalbucks

They should cut their hair. Not only because it makes them easier to tackle but because it's ugly.


JahliSuwaghaman
JahliSuwaghaman

Eventually some of these idiots might realize that their hairstyle actually DOES make them easier to tackle.  If I were the coach, I'd tell them they had to cut their hair for competitive reasons. 

Cool
Cool

Me thinks that maybe a certain running back had extensions.

ToddBennett
ToddBennett

Excuse me I need to use my clippers..

mike202
mike202

@kj4027 Why not get extensions and let them hang down your back?  When grabbed they come off like a salamander tail and the receiver/back gets another 5 yards.

EasyGoer
EasyGoer

@kj4027 Right and he should be considered that way. Every white person who doesn't like this or that about black people feels something should be done to put them in line with some b.s. "standard" created by a white person. It's a black hairstyle. You, Goodell and everyone else don't have to like it.

TheHybrid
TheHybrid

@JamesJoyce  Of course, you know Andre Ellington well enough to render a judgment like that, right? And all the other "trashy people" like Larry Fitzgerald? Yeah...you should have just stuck your other foot in your mouth when you opened it.

leehwgoc
leehwgoc

@royalbucks 

It also makes them look faster when they're running.

I swear that's the real reason many of them do it.  Whatever gives them just a bit more flash on tape and in highlight just makes them that much more likely to get that better contract or extension.

EasyGoer
EasyGoer

You're not a coach, just like all of the biased people on this site. Tackling by the hair is illegal. Bet you and the others have no problems with the length of Clay Matthews' hair though.

rodp236
rodp236

@TheHybrid @JamesJoyce Chill, chill, its not a life and death article. Don't skip your meds...................................

scBlais
scBlais

@EasyGoer Develop your reading comprehension and then go read the rules.

Mike26
Mike26

@EasyGoer Easy, the depths of your ignorance is immeasurable.

JimmyDorito
JimmyDorito

@EasyGoer  You should read the article. It clearly that states that tacking by the hair is legal. Clay Matthews plays defense. Nobody is going to tackle him.

Rob14
Rob14

@EasyGoer Completely legal play to tackle an opponent by their hair, you are wrong on that.  Clay Matthews looks like a fool with his hair, and he plays defense, so he can only be tackled when returning a turnover which might happen four of five times a season for him.

EasyGoer
EasyGoer

@leehwgoc @EasyGoer None of us are perfect. I read the thing and made a mistake. You've mouthed off a few times yourself.


leehwgoc
leehwgoc

@EasyGoer

And many of us just don't like it when people mouth off in the comments section after only reading the headline, or at best quickly scanning the article.

It's good that you man up and concede the point, but don't pretend you read the article carefully.  

EasyGoer
EasyGoer

I read the article but RIF. I admit my mistake. I just don't like the biased tinge of some of the comments you read on these sites every day. Thanks for correcting me.