Aaron Donald In Deep Water After Swinging Helmet In Preseason Brawl

Aaron Donald In Deep Water After Swinging Helmet In Preseason Brawl
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✍️ Written by
Frank Weber
🗓 Updated
May 19th 2023

The Los Angeles Rams and the Cincinnati Bengals held a joint practice today that ended early after a full-out brawl between the two teams took place on the field. The two sides were involved in a few minor scuffles before the big one broke out, and boy–was it big.

It was SO big that Aaron Donald was seen swinging not one, but TWO Bengals helmets at opposing players. Ending up with one opposing player's helmet is never easy–how Donald was able to get his mitts on TWO is beyond me.

It’s unclear what sparked the brawl, but early indications show that Donald was pushed to the ground after a play, and that did not sit well with the 3-time Defensive Player of the Year. Video released of the brawl shows Donald swinging two Bengals helmets into the scrum, and these aren’t little baby swings–these are FULL swings. The swings of a man that benches 500 pounds and probably eats bowls of nails for breakfast–without any milk. 

This puts the fabric of disciplinary football in an odd state. The last player to swing a helmet at an opposing player in a game was Myles Garrett, and he got suspended for almost an entire season. Now we have Donald swinging TWO helmets at opposing players, so are we sticking to the “one-helmet=one-year” precedent? Or, since this was a preseason joint practice and not a real game, do we even punish him at all?

The NFL hasn’t released any statements yet, but if they do decide to punish Aaron Donald, it will definitely have an impact on not only the Rams' performance, but their betting odds as well. Right now, according to DraftKings Sportsbook, the Rams are +1200 to win the Super Bowl–which is the fifth-best in the league. If Donald has to miss some time, it’s fair to say that these odds may drop a bit. 

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Frank Weber
Frank Weber
Sports Journalist & Betting Analyst

Frank Weber is a sports & gaming writer with a Bachelor's Degree in Journalism and years of experience in the gambling world. He loves baseball, football, basketball, soccer, and the UFC - he even collects sports cards and memorabilia! In his free time, you could find Frank either out at a concert with friends, or at home sweating out all his (soon to be won) bets!

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