Posted November 02, 2013

Video: Did Auburn linebacker Anthony Swain fake an injury against Arkansas?

Auburn Tigers, SEC

(Video via Guyism)

In the waning seconds of the third quarter during Auburn’s 35-17 win over Arkansas on Saturday, the Razorbacks had the ball on the Tigers’ two-yard line. That’s when Auburn linebacker Anthony Swain hit the turf with an apparent leg injury.

Video replays, however, show Swain dropping to the ground without any contact whatsoever. Were the Tigers simply trying to slow the Hogs’ momentum with a fake injury? (Arkansas fullback Kiero Small scored on a two-yard run on the first play of the fourth quarter, cutting Auburn’s lead to 28-17.) As ESPN’s Matt Millen said on the broadcast, “Guilty as charged, my friend.”

Tigers coach Gus Malzahn addressed the incident after the game:

31 comments
GTT
GTT

Barkley says the Arkansas coach is turrible.


MadMDRTR
MadMDRTR

Congratulations, AU! You're all the way up to #7! I heard that in all the excitement down on the plains, AU has named this year's football squad after the famous kung fo fighter, you know... "bruised knee." Please don't lose any more games! We need you full of hope of glory when McCarron and Co. destroy AU on the field. You'll only prolong the agony if you pull a bruised knee on Bama. Remember, fake injuries give both teams a free time out.

KenBigbee
KenBigbee

To quote Hillary Clinton, "What difference does it make?"  Prior to that incident, Auburn was called for pass interference in the end zone where clearly it was a defensive interference as the Arky player almost tore the DB's helmet off his head.

rhbama13
rhbama13

As much as I would like to bash auburn here the worst thing you can do if you are legitimately hurt against a hurry up offence is try to make it off the field because you are probably just going to get called for to many men on the field. He probably was thinking about playing through it or gimping off realized he shouldn't and dropped down. 

olansuddeth
olansuddeth

As an Auburn fan, I have to admit - it looked like a fake at the time.  He was slightly gimpy coming up from the tackle, but looked okay until he just fell down.

That being said, he didn't come back into the game at any point, which is pretty odd for a faked injury.

terry35117
terry35117

Obvious fake called by Gus "short bus" Malzomne.

stewbacca
stewbacca

Easy solution. Anyone who requires physical attention by the trainers can't come back for the remainder of the current drive.

Are you stupid
Are you stupid

If there was no reason to fake an injury with so little time on the clock then there was probably no reason for a DL switch to happen either, but there was, and coincidentally they both happened at the same time... Maybe im the only one, but when I injured my knee in football the first thing I did when I felt it was reach for my knee, not fall forward and catch myself, then grab for my knee

Cool
Cool

For those saying "there was no reason because there was only 2 seconds left."  Let me have you look at the video again and see the other thing interesting that happened as he went down.... last second substitutions.. didn't want to have to call a time out ... there was a good reason for the acting job.

Rickapolis
Rickapolis

Why does anyone care about this? It's impossible too prove. We know it happens ALL the time in college and pro so just file it away and move on. 

Wesley7
Wesley7

Odd one. Arkansas's "momentum" wasn't so threatening that it justified a fake injury to stall it, especially with seconds to a quarter break anyway. And if you are going to fake an injury, doing it so blatantly with no play even happening...I have trouble buying it was a fake. You can see him swaying and he goes left and just as he starts to sway back to the right, that's when his right knee gives. Could have tweaked it himself, or been injured previously, but didn't notice through the adrenaline or something.

WHO*IS*ESPN
WHO*IS*ESPN

You have a better chance of getting on obozo's health care than believing he didn't fake it

WHO*IS*ESPN
WHO*IS*ESPN

Considering the last week of accusations, pretty sure he was.  Also, him standing around until the ball is placed is just coincidence too?

Listening
Listening

I saw the replay and I guess it may be possible he faked the injury (only he, God, and his coaches will ever know).  Still...  not sure it was going to change the outcome of who won this game IMHO.

Trojan2824
Trojan2824

He probably didn't feel comfortable running to the sideline so just went down. It looks odd but there is literally no reason to fake an injury in that situation: offense is huddled with TWO seconds left in the quarter. He never came back into the game so there is literally no chance in hell he faked this. 

clt0002
clt0002

He was walking in a boot after the game and a wrap on his knee. He never came back in the game either. Let's take that into context. Though it looks like he may have faked, Arkansas was in a huddle with less than 10 seconds left. There wasn't a reason to fake. 

mommafootball
mommafootball

It sure does look like he was faking, and what an awful acting job but looking at the replay there would be no reason to fake an injury . Arkansas was still in a huddle. It wasnt like they were setting up and ready

GTT
GTT

And he's right.

TrumanCrockett
TrumanCrockett

@stewbacca He didn't come back for the rest of the game which is not what usually happens with the fakes. There was no reason for the fake because there was no way they could have snapped the ball since the clock was running when he fell. ESPN is so biased that they don't show him limping after the play. What did he know he was going to be told to "act hurt" before? He was going to try to play through it but realized he couldn't. Gus came out at SEC media days saying faking needed to be addressed (as an Oregon fan I am sure you see it happen a good bit against you) and he is a man of integrity. He does't his coaches to curse at the players because of how much of a Christian man he is.  

P.S. I know most of what I wrote didn't pertain to you, you were just at the top and I could answer what you said. Not trying to say all that to you or pick on you, just to everyone.

JonMeans
JonMeans

@Rickapolis Ecactly.....people are gonna rupture A blood vessel debating this.....

ezwriter69
ezwriter69

@WHO*IS*ESPN Stop the political hate on this site, I come here for sports, not knuckle dragging dittohead right wing political idiocy.

Ridge582
Ridge582

@Trojan2824 Auburn's guys in the booth have the network coverage with them and I guarantee they were listening to the TV announcers.  Knowing that the whole country was watching the analysis of an Auburn player obviously faking an injury, you don't think they told the coaches and trainers to "make it look good" on the sideline?  I wouldn't have put him back in the game after that either.

cuthbert
cuthbert

@Trojan2824 There is literally no chance in hell he didn't fake this. Give me a break. He didn't return to the game because he knew he had been busted. He was told on the sidelines "We have to see this lie through now."

commonsense14
commonsense14

@clt0002 Umm the dude was holding his knee when he went down and as he is on the ground the trainers are tending to him like it is a knee injury.  If he even actually was in a boot after the game then it was obviously a cover up job seeing as he went down holding his knee.  Not his ankle or foot.

j7apple
j7apple

@clt0002  Not coming back into the game should tell the whole story...99% of time fake injury player sits out 1 play.

standup
standup

@mommafootball If you look at the game footage, at the end of play he went out on the sideline with no contact, got up and WALKED to the center of the end zone, stood there for a few seconds, then went down. No visible sign of injury up to that point. Was an attempt to shift momentum. Not worthy of an SEC team or coach.

Cool
Cool

@TrumanCrockett @stewbacca Just because someone doesn't cuss or is a "christian" doesn't exclude them from cheating.  I know for certain you don't want me to give one by one the millions of examples I could use to prove my point.  The fact is that the guy went down at a cue from the sidelines.. the same cue that had defensive players rushing off to the sideline at the same time.  Perhaps the kid was just confused by the signal on the sideline, and thought it was the "fake an injury" signal.  But to watch the tape time and time again and decide that it wasn't faked is just being blind to reality... which could lead me to another long tirade about "Christians" but I will spare you that. 

clt0002
clt0002

 yeah, he never came back in at all. 

KenBigbee
KenBigbee

@Cool @TrumanCrockett @stewbacca Whether it was fake or not, one thing it is not is cheating.  Not covered in the rules.  Call it unethical if you will but cheating it is not.  Know something about the rules before you let slobber fly out of your mouth.  Sound like an Obama disciple.

Rickapolis
Rickapolis

@Cool @TrumanCrockett @stewbacca Yeah, when I see what 'Christians' pull on the political stage it makes me wonder what Bible it is that they are reading. Not the one I was brought up on, that's for sure.