Florida State will be without outside linebacker Emmett Rice for the remainder of their game against Clemson. The sophomore was ejected after a targeting call against him was upheld in the 3rd quarter and the team trailing 17-0.
After a Clemson punt, the Seminoles’ D.J. Matthews took the return. During the play, Rice nailed Clemson’s Ryan Carter with a clear helmet to helmet hit. After the call of targeting, officials reviewed the play and upheld it, meaning Rice would miss the remainder of the game.
Just dirty! pic.twitter.com/sS2G52EfKH
— ClemsonEditz (@ClemsonEditz_) November 11, 2017
— FanSportsClips (@FanSportsClips) November 11, 2017
Many fans from both Florida State and Clemson would take issue with the fact that Rice celebrated the hit as he ran off the football field, and rightfully so.
Emmett Rice is a disgrace to FSU and should be kicked off the team.
— John Baker (@JohnBakerFSU) November 11, 2017
Every coach should be concerned about what kind of men they're raising first and winning second. Stunts like Emmett Rice's from the blatant targeting, to the laughs, to the sleeper joke, should have consequences beyond the one game & they should be imposed by the coach.
— JAMIE (@500daysofjamie) November 11, 2017
Classless move by Emmett Rice to celebrate over the player he knocked out, and then make a sleeping gesture as he gets ejected…all while down 17-0 in the 3rd #FSUvsCLEM
— Sahil Lakhani (@sahlak3) November 11, 2017
Emmett rice should burn in hell #tigsontops
— Andrew McKinney (@AWM_3398) November 11, 2017
As it turns out, Carter had to leave the game shortly after the hit.
With his team trailing 17-0 and keeping in mind that he could have potentially done serious damage to Carter, Rice needed to show much more restraint than he did. In a situation like this, nobody wins, and this is completely inexcusable behavior by him.