Steelers cornerback Stephen Nelson probably shouldn’t have engaged in trash talk or a shoving match with Jaguars receiver DJ Chark on Sunday, but his punishment relative to Chark seemed difficult to justify.
Nelson stared down Chark and started jawing after a second-quarter play. Chark responded by rushing up close to the defender, and they exchanged light pushes. Then Chark connected with a punch to Nelson’s helmet.
Referees assessed Nelson with a 15-yard unnecessary roughness flag. Chark did not receive a penalty.
Two plays after the incident, Chark made an 18-yard catch. The drive ended with Jaguars quarterback Jake Luton throwing an interception.
Steelers fans were incensed by the no-call on Chark, while Jaguars fans were amused at the sequence:
So Nelson pushed Chark in the chest and got flagged but Chark punched Nelson in the head in front of the ref and it wasn’t flagged? #PITvsJAX
— Dan Routh (@Drouth85) November 22, 2020
Chark throws a punch and Nelson gets the penalty.
Refs are so dumb.
— #1 Tampa Bay Raptors Fan Account (@Chris_Lomas_) November 22, 2020
Steven Nelson just got punched in the face by DJ Chark and got a 15 yard penalty for it
— Christian Amici (@ChristianAmici7) November 22, 2020
DJ chark just stole off on a DB, got The OTHER team a penalty, then caught a 20 yard pass on them the next play. LMFAO I’m buying his jersey
— Floyd$Dreweather (@Mc_bigdaddy) November 22, 2020