Brian Baldinger played 11 years in the NFL.YouTube
The NFL Network has suspended analyst Brian Baldinger, a former offensive lineman, for six months for comments he made on a radio interview, according to Pro Football Talk’s Michael David Smith.
Prior to Sunday night’s game between the Philadelphia Eagles and Dallas Cowboys, Baldinger suggested the Eagles should intentionally hurt Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott during an interview with 97.5 The Fanatic.
“This is the guy that that we’ve got to hurt,” Baldinger said of Elliott. “This is the guy that we’ve got to take out of the game. There’s got to be 10 guys that want to hurt him every single play. In fact, we may even put a little bounty on Ezekiel Elliott.”
Baldinger added, “You want to cut off the head to kill the body, that’s the guy you’ve got to get to.”
Baldinger’s comments come four years after the NFL cracked down on the New Orleans Saints for running a bounty program.
As Smith notes, the suspension (which is without pay) is on the harsh end for what media companies typically give employees who have made off-color comments, thus indicating the league was embarrassed to have an on-air personality advocating violence.