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Monday, November 16, 2009
Whom to believe, Hasselbeck or Dockett?

By Mike Sando

Cardinals defensive tackle Darnell Dockett expressed disappointment in Tommie Harris when the Bears' defensive tackle punched Arizona's Deuce Lutui in Week 9.

Dockett also offered an aside, noting that the key to dirty play is avoiding detection. 'Tis better to throw punches during a pileup, where officials might not see them.

Seahawks quarterback Matt Hasselbeck took offense Sunday when Dockett allegedly drove his elbow into Hasselbeck's throat following a sack with 11:28 remaining in the second quarter. Hasselbeck confronted Dockett with the accusation on the field. Dockett told Hasselbeck he did not do anything dirty.

I've gone back and watched the replay. Dockett did appear to push his elbow into Hasselbeck's throat while Hasselbeck was lying on the ground after the play. Replays show Hasselbeck grabbing for his throat as if in pain.

I'm not sure what to believe any longer after Lutui clearly faked injury following the blow from Harris. Of course, the way the victim reacts does not determine whether a crime was committed. We'll see if the league fines Dockett.