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Video: Jason Smith’s ridiculous flagrant foul on Blake Griffin

Mar 23, 2012, 1:34 AM EDT

Jason Smith hit Blake Griffin like he was expecting to get paid by Sean Payton and Gregg Williams. Oh, sorry, wrong New Orleans team.

This fourth quarter flagrant 2 foul rightfully got Smith ejected from the game and he can expect a multiple game suspension to come down on Friday. As it should be. There was no attempt to play the ball whatsoever. That was a hockey check. Which it turns out is still illegal in the NBA.

The Hornets beat the Clippers in part because they were the more feisty team that would not back down, would not give an inch. But Smith took it too far. Way too far. And he’s going to feel that in his pocketbook come Friday.

  1. tubal22 - Mar 23, 2012 at 1:49 AM

    And he flopped on that one too.

    It was definitely flagrant and uncalled for, and he’ll probably get a couple games suspension, but you don’t do a 240 rotation in mid air when you get bumped into by a guy your same size.

    Blake deserves every hard foul he gets. He’s a chump flopper, and other players are sick of it.

    • loyalpanthersfan - Mar 23, 2012 at 2:14 AM

      I don’t think we watched the same video, don’t let your personal dislike for Griffin cloud your judgement of what was just seen. smh at people who think like you, wishing harm on an athlete because he gets the better of u…

    • sellahh - Mar 23, 2012 at 2:29 AM

      Highfive sir. Agreed one hundred percent.

      • leearmon - Mar 23, 2012 at 2:46 AM

        Yeah lets be serious Blake is built like a tank, we’ve seen players put their hands on other player’s throats and not receive a suspension earlier this season, This was blown waaaay out of proportion. Blake pulled a card out of Lebron’s bag and acted as if he was shot or something. Not that big of a deal.

      • sellahh - Mar 23, 2012 at 3:03 AM

        Egzakltei. What’s ridiculous is calling this foul ridiculous. All Smith did was hip check Griffin, who was NOT even running full speed. I used to think soccer was a pussy sport with all those dives players take there but… they get hipchecked like this every day of the week. And don’t go all out on me trying to convince me that soccer players are smaller.
        I remember Barkley talking about bounties in the old days of NBA… I’m kinda thinking there might be one for Griffin today considering how much of a ballerina and flopper he is. And boy oh boy do I tell you, I’d chip in with some bucks for that bounty.

    • zeusteej - Mar 23, 2012 at 7:37 AM

      Big and aggressive players in the NBA get fouled on nearly every possession. Did he sell the hit? Of course he did, because if he doesn’t, he’ll never get a call. Nobody goes to the foul line more than Howard, and can you tell me the last a ref called a flagrant foul on the guy who fouled him? Thought so.

      He was going to the ground no matter what with that hit, it was certainly hard enough. Might as well go for broke.

    • 24thesho - Mar 23, 2012 at 7:50 AM

      How does one “flop” as he’s running towards the basket at full speed? How does that work? How does one decide this as he is going for a dunk (or layup)? Blake seems to be a fairly intelligent kid. Seems to me that would be a very poor business decision for Blake to make at that moment., at the least. Your comment reads as if it was written by a fool. I’m suggesting that you are a fool but from here it reads that way.

      • tubal22 - Mar 23, 2012 at 9:55 AM

        Here’s what happens when you get hip checked without flopping:

        Now go watch the Blake video again.

      • 24thesho - Mar 27, 2012 at 12:56 PM

        Anyone who is athletic, strong, about 200 lbs or over, and over 6’6″ running down the court at full speed is in danger, flop or no flop.

    • gametight78 - Mar 23, 2012 at 10:23 AM

      Are you serious?? Flopp? Watch the video he dipps his shoulder to hit him blake is on one fot ad he gets hit hes clearly off balanced. Maybe the flip he did he added a little bit to it but thats def a ejection. Its not football and the play before smiths pass was picked so he was upset. On top of that blake is posterizing people jason wanted to make sure that he wasnt added to the collection

    • thraiderskin - Mar 23, 2012 at 10:44 AM

      If that was a flop, Griffin is definitely in the right town, because it looked damn rough.

  2. perryplayer1 - Mar 23, 2012 at 1:54 AM

    Hahhaha I love this!! I’m surprised it doesn’t happy a lot more. Blake’s so overrated. Cant shoot anything outside 5 feet and can’t make free throws. Just a highlight reel.

  3. sellahh - Mar 23, 2012 at 2:45 AM

    Plus, what kind of fight between CP3 and Smith could you possibly be talking about? CP3 is an inmature midget and he wanted none, just to bark some like he loves to.

  4. cjpunk15 - Mar 23, 2012 at 3:22 AM

    Damn Blake is letting all this Kia Optima commercial acting talents to the court! Guys is one the most violent dunkers in the NBA today and he acted like WR getting hit coming over the middle against Sean Taylor (RIP)… Screw the Clippers and all that hype they got before the season! Clippers would be a great AND 1 Mixtape Tour team though…

  5. thenoles - Mar 23, 2012 at 3:37 AM

    Tired of hearing all this bullcrap above. How about you guys step in for Blake and take the hit. I don’t care how big you are, you don’t just absorb a hit like that from a large guy going full speed. Stop justifying the dude’s actions.

    Also: Does anyone question the actions of Chris Paul, DeAndre Jordan and company? I respect when guys stand up for their teammate… But if they were really doing it to help their teammate, wouldn’t they be on the ground helping him and seeing if he was OK? Not trying to act like the tough guy with Jason Smith? Just some food for thought.

  6. metalhead65 - Mar 23, 2012 at 3:40 AM

    wow who knew there were that many hornet fans out there? what a classless bunch just like your team. I know it’s frustrating that your team and town sucks but to cheer on taking out a player like that is indefensible. and sorry screaming katrinia this time will not get you any sympathy. your team is garbage and so are you for appluading dirty play like that.

  7. losangelasbasketball - Mar 23, 2012 at 4:06 AM

    imagine if blake was already in the air…. could have been bad…

  8. ravissevens - Mar 23, 2012 at 7:24 AM

    For such a big guy, Blake is a b|tch!

  9. passerby23 - Mar 23, 2012 at 8:28 AM

    Wow, it’s actually shocking reading so many insane comments. Blake flopping!?? All he did was hip check him?? This was a straight up thug move. Not even a flagrant two arms across the body, but a lowering of the shoulder football move. This is a multiple game suspension. Not only that, but Blake is the target of cheap shot after cheap shot and it’s actually pretty impressive how he is able to keep his cool the way he does.

  10. passerby23 - Mar 23, 2012 at 8:28 AM

    Maybe Smith is part of the New Orleans bounty program. There’s a check waiting in the locker room for whoever takes out Blake Griffin.

  11. starks3 - Mar 23, 2012 at 8:43 AM

    Maybe it was that Samuel Jackson Pulp Fiction intro that made him violent?

  12. rooney24 - Mar 23, 2012 at 10:13 AM

    He hit him hard, and it should be an intentional foul, and MAYBE a flagrant (I am not a rules lawyer to know how that rule is worded). But, it was certainly not that bad. There are at least a dozen things Smith could have done if his intent was actually to injure Blake. All he did was run into him hard. Is that still dangerous? Sure, but not much more than most times players try to draw a charge. And, Blake looked fine after he got done limping around to sell it to the refs.

    If Blake can’t make FTs, he should be fouled every time he heads to the hoop. Why give up 2 points, and possibly pump up the Clippers if it is a big dunk, when you can foul him and make him sweat out the FTs?

  13. zeusteej - Mar 23, 2012 at 10:28 AM

    Smith could’ve easily delivered a shot-preventing foul without putting Griffin on the ground. Don’t want to get dunked on? Play better defense.

  14. atom665 - Mar 23, 2012 at 11:59 AM

    Are you f–cking kidding?!?! He should just go play for the Galaxy with that overacting. What a bitch.

  15. savvybynature - Mar 23, 2012 at 2:57 PM

    Smart foul. Deserved to be a flagrant, but suspension? I’ve seen way worse many, many times.
    It wasn’t the kind of dangerous foul that hurts people. He hit dude in his body while he still had his feet under him. That’s it. It was a hard foul, and he didn’t make a play on the ball so it was a flagrant, but that should be it.

    • savvybynature - Mar 23, 2012 at 4:33 PM

      It wasn’t half as bad as Bynum’s cheap shot elbow against Berea imo (or any of his other cheap shot elbows).
      He hit a guy in mid air right in the ribs w a ‘bow. THAT’s how you hurt someone. Hitting a guy in the body while his feet are on the ground is not a dangerous foul.
      The league should be concerned w player safety, not appeasing overreacting players, fans and sports writers/bloggers.
      Putting a foot under a guy after he goes up for a jump shot is way more dangerous, but wouldn’t get hardly any reaction. Anyone who doesn’t understand this must not have played much ball or is just a Blake homer.
      It was a hard foul. Griffin is a great player, and therefore teams are targeting him. This is nothing new.

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