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As the officials tried to sort out this post-fumble pile in the Houston Texans vs. Cincinnati Bengals game, fullback Lawrence Vickers big-faced Pacman Jones. Observe (Pacman is No. 24, Vickers is No. 47):

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There was no penalty on Vickers, despite the two-handed shove to Pacman's face that seemed to have come out of nowhere. Vickers said he had pretty good provocation, though. From the Houston Chronicle:

The cornerback formerly known as "Pac-Man" took a step towards Vickers, who said he shouted at Jones, "What?!"

According to Vickers, Jones responded by spitting in his face.

"I don't know that man," Vickers said. "He DEFINITELY don't know me. He definitely don't." [...]

"I prayed for that man," Vickers said. "I had to let the Lord handle him. The Lord don't put bad things on people, but I left it up to Him. I prayed real hard — I almost lost myself out there."

Spitting isn't visible in the video; in fact, Pacman had a very cordial, butt-slapping conversation with Duane Brown ahead of the face-shove. Pacman then attempted to pull a Texans player off of the pile, and that's when Vickers went after him.

I don't know what to believe. On one hand, Pacman Jones was just sort of milling around and being good-natured, with no reason to believe he was in a face-spitting mood. And if a fellow wanted to accuse Pacman of spitting in his face to make an excuse for his own actions, he knows most people would believe such a thing.

On the other hand, though, there is a reason to believe that Pacman might do such a thing. He's been on good behavior for a while now, but still, at least some of that reputation will never wash off.

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