Offensive lineman Bunchy Stallings was ejected from today’s game for touching an official, although the replay suggests the referee initiated the contact. After the game, Stoop said he hasn’t had time to review the tape, but knows Bunchy didn’t mean any harm.
“I really don’t think it’s wise for me to comment on that,” Stoops said. “Again, if he — I don’t know. I didn’t see anything. I have no idea. I’ll put it this way. I know Bunchy’s heart and he’s an emotional guy and I don’t think he wasn’t trying to be disrespectful. But if he put his hand and tried to grab or for whatever reason, you can’t do that. Again, if he did that, if he touched him in any way, even if he’s emotional — I don’t think he meant it in a disrespectful way, let’s put it that way. I know Bunchy, I know where his heart’s at. The rule is the rule. I didn’t see it.”
How Stallings got ejected. Made contact with an official. pic.twitter.com/caWlR2AwDr
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Thankfully, unlike his teammate Darius West, Bunchy will NOT have to sit out the first half of next week’s game at Tennessee. Phew.