A former New York Jets lineman says he was never the “go-of-the-show” on a play when he suffered a concussion in a 2015 preseason game against the Kansas City Chiefs.
Dont’care Cornell told ESPN that the Chiefs “were playing a fast-paced game” and “they were just out to get me.
They didn’t have any protection.”
The NFL suspended the Jets running back for four games, fined him $10,000 and placed him on the commissioner’s exempt list.
Cornell said he is “disappointed” with the league for suspending him for the suspension, which was imposed after a video of him hitting his head on the ground went viral.
Corneau told ESPN he believes the NFL should have waited until after the NFL Network’s investigation was completed.
He said the league didn’t do enough to protect him.
Cornerback Darius Butler told ESPN’s Adam Schefter that the NFL waited “too long” to punish Cornell.
“I don’t think they should have done it because he was a professional football player and he did what he did,” Butler said.
“The guy who hit him is a professional and he didn’t even care.
He did it because it was his job to do it.”
The New York Daily News reported on Tuesday that the league suspended Butler for three games.
The NFL did not immediately respond to ESPN’s request for comment.
Corbett told ESPN on Tuesday he did not believe the league’s suspension was warranted.
Corbetts brother, Michael Corbett, is a former NFL safety.