Video captured during joint training for the Los Angeles Rams and Cincinnati Bengals on Thursday August 25 shows the Rams star Aaron Donald throwing two helmets at Bengals players during a massive brawl between the two teams.
The video, originally deleted by another user and shared as a screen recording by @CincyHubappears to show Donald holding up and swinging the helmets of several Bengals players before being brought down to the ground.
“It got a little complicated, and so we called it,” Bengals head coach Zac Taylor said via NFL.com. “We were in the last half. We had two very good days of work. Was it worth having a few extra games? No. So we called off. We had two good days of work and we will play Saturday.”
Rams head coach Sean McVay told reporters he was unsure what caused the fight between the two teams to escalate.
“I think in some cases teams fight back,” McVay said via the Los Angeles Times. “Fortunately, from what I understand, no one was hurt and we’ll move on. We’re not going to do more than what it is. We won’t be watching finger pointing.”
Both teams are considered responsible for overseeing player conduct during practices and therefore the NFL is unlikely to issue disciplinary action, according to NFL Network Insider. Tom Pelissero.
“Clubs – not the NFL – are responsible for overseeing player conduct in practice, including joint practices,” Pelissero tweeted. “So it’s fair to say that league discipline for Aaron Donald (or anyone else) in today’s hubbub is unlikely.”
Donald is coming off his first Super Bowl victory after the Rams beat the Bengals, 23-20, in Super Bowl LVI.
The Pittsburgh native is a three-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year (2017, 2018, 2020), seven-time All-Pro First Team member (2015-21), eight-time Pro Bowl selection (2014-15 ) and was the 2014 NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year.