Chargers safety Derwin James decided to add some pro wrestling moves to his repertoire this offseason and he showed them as he tackled Travis Kelce.
If you saw it during the live broadcast, you were likely left with one of those, “Is that allowed?” At least that’s what I found myself screaming at the television along with, “No way you can do that.” Well apparently you can, because there wasn’t a single flag in sight when Los Angeles Chargers safety Derwin James decided to literally pick up and body slam Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce.
Yes, you read that right.
Late in the third quarter, the Chiefs had gathered the momentum and a lengthy drive had the Chargers on the ropes. Patrick Mahomes had found Kelce for a nice big gain, and the All-Pro tight end was making multiple moves to get into the end zone when he met James. And that’s when James decided to go WWE on him with a move straight out of a wrestling ring.
In case you missed it, here’s a look.
What’s frustrating is that Kelce looked ready for the end zone and the Chiefs ended up settling for a field goal on that same drive. It’s like James knocked the wind out of everyone.
I have never read the entirety of the NFL rule book but it seems crazy that a player can do that to another one. It’s one thing when a player tries to literally leap over others and is brought down hard with that sort of motion, but it’s another to just physically pick someone up and then slam them down. Everyone was thinking the same thing.
Just glad to see Kelce is okay. Maybe it was fake just like the real, er, wrestling.