Cody Wallace was fined and seems sincerely remorseful for his late hit on David Bruton Jr. late in the first quarter of Sunday’s game. But for some Broncos’ players, the punishment doesn’t fit the crime.
Cornerback Aqib Talib believes Wallace got off too easy, he told USA Today.
“(Wallace’s hit) definitely put somebody’s life in danger. I don’t know how that goes, though. I don’t know what determines who gets suspended for a game and who doesn’t. But I saw it live. It was definitely a dirty play. It was unsportsmanlike. It got 15 yards, and (Wallace) got a little slap on the wrist.”
Talib also referenced a perceived hypocrisy within the league. Talib was suspended, losing a full game check, earlier in the year after poking a player in the eye.
Wallace was not suspended but flagged for the play and fined over $23,000 by the league. Mike Tomlin and Wallace admitted the penalty was warranted. The controversy is also heightened after Odell Beckham Jr. was suspended one game for his actions towards Josh Norman, though Beckham had several instances while Wallace made just a lone mistake.