Deion Sanders’ son Shilo gets ejected in Colorado’s game against UCLA… with former NFL players upset with the targeting call
- Officials ruled that Shilo made contact with the crown of his helmet during a tackle
- Former NFL players and other fans were quick to disagree with their decision
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University of Colorado safety Shilo Sanders, the son of head coach Deion Sanders, was ejected early Saturday night in a game against UCLA.
Shilo defended a pass on 2nd-and-7 that was caught by running back Carsen Ryan in the open field.
Sanders then came across the field and made contact with Ryan, causing him to be tackled to the ground.
After the tackle, Shilo leaned toward a sideline as a referee threw a flag. After a review, the referees deemed that Shilo had committed a targeted foul and he was sent off from the match.
In American football, targeting occurs when a defensive player tackles with the crown of the helmet, makes contact with the opponent’s head above the neck, or makes a helmet-to-helmet collision.
Shilo Sanders was suspended from Colorado’s game against UCLA on Saturday night
Officials judged that Shilo led by the crown of his helmet on this goal in the second quarter
NFL players and fans disagreed with the call that saw Deion Sanders’ son Shilo dismissed
In video replays, it’s not entirely clear if Sanders hits Ryan in the face mask with his helmet — or if Shilo sunk his shoulder into the running back.
The reaction on Twitter was swift as fans and former NFL players alike disagreed with the referees’ decision.
Retired Chargers and Jets cornerback Antonio Cromartie wrote, “college football is soft as hell!! Good hit. How else should he handle it?’
Former Bears corner Jerry Azumah said, “So what the hell is the right way to hit him at that point?”
‘It’s amazing how we still can’t tell the difference between blatantly malicious headhunting and walking shoulder first to deliver a hard blow!’
“That call from Shilo Sanders was ridiculous,” SportsCenter host Stan Verrett wrote. “I don’t like the bending afterward, but the call was still ridiculous.”