Mike Vandermause of the Green Bay Press-Gazette reports Vikings defensive end Robison was slapped with an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty for kicking Packers guard T.J. Lang in the groin in the second quarter of the Packers 33-27 win over the Vikings.
“It was in the sweet spot,” Lang said with a pained smile in the locker room after the game. “In my opinion, it was a pretty cowardly move. I didn’t do anything dirty to the guy. I don’t know what he was upset about. He decided to kick me right in the groin. You never want to see that in a football game. I’m just proud of the way I responded. I didn’t throw any punches. It was really hard for me to keep my cool.”
Robison said he regrets the incident, but implied that Lang instigated the confrontation.
“As usual, they always catch the second guy,” said Robison.
When asked what Lang did, Robison replied: “From what I hear, it didn’t show on the TV copy. But if you watch the game, you can clearly see he kind of picked me up in mid-air, put me on the back, and then presumed to come toward me. So automatically I went into defense mode.”
After the game, Lang characterized Robison’s play as “cowardly”, but accepted Robison’s apology via Twitter.
“All joking aside I think @Brian_Robison is a heck of a player, just caught up in the emotion of the game, apology accepted“, Lang tweeted earlier this morning.