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Giants LB Jon Beason calls 49ers’ Alex Boone a coward

Many professional athletes try to avoid controversy by sidestepping loaded questions or coating their answers with tidy generalities. Jon Beason isn’t one of them.

The Giants linebacker sounded off in the locker room Friday afternoon, blasting 49ers offensive lineman Alex Boone for what he deemed a dirty play in last Sunday’s game.

Beason accused Boone of illegally pushing him in the back before he collided headfirst with running back Carlos Hyde and suffered the first recorded concussion of his career. Beason missed the remainder of the game and only returned to practice Friday — albeit in a limited capacity.


He doesn’t expect the injury to prevent him from playing Monday night against the Eagles.

“I can honestly say that if I hadn’t gotten pushed in the back, I wouldn’t have been concussed,” Beason said passionately. “It’s unfortunate when another player — Alex Boone to be exact — can reach out, grab you from behind and then deliberately push you in the back.

“It’s hard enough to stay healthy in this league. I think it was a coward move. Doesn’t show any sportsmanship, no regard for another player, their career. It could have been a lot worse. So it is what it is. I never saw Hyde, because I was too busy trying to keep my balance from being pushed from behind. So I wanted to get that out there. I hope it goes back to him.”


According to The Sacramento Bee, Boone responded to Beason’s comments by saying, “I’m sorry he feels that way. I’ve never thought of myself as a dirty player, intentionally trying to hurt anybody.”

On the play, Hyde received a handoff to the left side. Boone exploded off the line of scrimmage and engaged Beason in a block, but the linebacker shrugged off the 6-8, 300-pound guard and continued in pursuit of Hyde.

But instead of letting Beason through, Boone opted to grab a fistful of his jersey before releasing him with a subtle push. It was enough to send Beason stumbling, and he made helmet-to-helmet contact with Hyde, who was running full speed with his shoulder down.

Beason claims he was “horse-collared” and strongly believes the play should have resulted in a penalty.

“I’m behind Jon 100%,” defensive lineman Jay Bromley said.

The Giants submitted the play to the league for review, according to Beason, but the NFL didn’t penalize Boone. Blocks in the back do not typically draw fines. The league did fine Hyde $ 23,152 for initiating contact with the crown of his helmet.

“I don’t think he was intending to hurt me. But … it’s called a clip for a reason,” Beason said of Boone. “There’s no reasons to push anybody in the back in football.”

Even if Beason can return to the field Monday, that won’t take away from the emotional impact of the injury.

“It’s your head. It’s not a tough-guy injury,” Beason said. “The doctors basically told me that the tests are (designed) to try to catch guys in lies, because back in the day, it was more so, ‘Hey, you’re dinged, you’re going back in. How many fingers am I holding up?’ So I was coherent right away … you get back there and you start the protocol, I was never going back out. It’s just precautionary and it makes a lot of sense.”

Beason hasn’t reached out to Boone and he doesn’t plan on doing so.

“I don’t have anything to say to him. It is what it is,” Beason said. “I just want him to know how I feel.”

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