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Published: Monday, Nov. 4 2013 6:10 p.m. MST

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Take the play-offs out of the equation... do you honestly believe the words you are writing..., that this calculated move was a reaction to pain? If that was a true statement then modify the rules of the game at all levels and allow kicking, punching, shoving, head-butting, etc. since pain is part of the game (as evidenced by Athletic Trainers, Ice Baths, etc.)..., NOT!

The "Medical professional" you speak of is a family friend who has a direct relationship to Dr. Nelson--both of which are in the Orthopedic field--has suspect motives to defend this family at all cost, and knows better than to let a player with even a (suspected) slight tear play a game that could complete the tear.

So, you tell us, is the QB really injured and shouldn't be playing, or as the FOX 13 film clearly shows, had a momentary lapse of judgement and is now facing the truth and the consequences of his actions.

If anything it appears the UHSAA is saving this kid from himself, his coaches (incl. Asst. Coach brother Riley who's been non-stop tweeting all day), his father and a renowned doctor. Good on them.

Ephraim, UT

My question that I cannot see where it has been stated is what did Nelson do to receive his first penalty, as it takes two to get ejected?

Bountiful, UT

So to get this straight...the doctor and coach (family friend) say that he grabbed his knee as a natural reaction to pain and then his leg flinched as a natural reaction when he went to step forward. Look at the film - he is facing the player on the ground and kicks as he is standing up and stepping back on his right leg. So why does he only grab his knee after he is walking away. It looks like the only thing he does by touching his knee is straighten out his knee pad. His body language sure doesn't look like he is in any pain and all the film of the game after doesn't show him in any pain. He should be given the flags thrown as souvenirs and use them to wipe his tears.

Holladay, UT

So, if his injured knee caused the pain which caused the involuntary kick, then he should be held out as he is a kicking risk. Olympus player " Gee Coach, I would have tackled him, but you know what they said about his involuntary kicking problem, so I just moved out of the way so I wouldn't get a toe to the jaw". Really?

Provo, UT

After seeing the footage that highlights the kick I think that it would be reasonable to consider that an offense where officials can eject someone, especially after warning them about a similar infraction. Even if it was unintentional, dismissing it would open a huge loophole in the rules. The main problem I see is that the rules aren't applied the same to all teams in all games. What was overlooked in one game causes ejection in another. In the Timp game the same day Timpanogos would have had at least one player that would have been ejected in the first quarter if the same standards were followed. The refs are human, and don't see everything. Though I would be against it for other calls, I wish there was a way for a team to have refs review film for unsportsmanlike conduct and personal fouls in situations where it may lead to player injury or fighting. Two years of tough luck for Logan, though I don't think it will change the outcome of the playoffs since he will be in for the East game, they were able to hold off Bountiful, and they have the week to prepare.

Bountiful, UT

I was at the game and although I did not have a good vantage point of the foul. I have seen a number of angles showing "the kick". It is impossible to have an undisputed interpretation, from the replays, of the player's intent or the maliciousness of the infraction; however, the player had already established himself as player to watch on a previous play.

This wasn't the young man's first infraction. If you look at the first Logan touchdown, you will see Riley clearly pushes number 87's head into the ground as he stands after the touchdown run. I believe this along with the trash talking that accompanied the incidents drew enough attention to the player that the officials felt compelled to throw their flags. Perhaps there is a teaching opportunity here for all the players on both sides as well as the other athletes in the tournament.

Bias will not dwindle in the debate and the call and sanctions will remain unchanged.

Good-luck to all the teams remaining in the tournament! It has been an enjoyable season!

Logan, UT

Been trying to find the video from the endzone view that was taken by FOX13. Anyone know where to find the video?

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