Hair pulling in sports

Jaguars defensive end Jason Babin had grabbed hold of Andre Ellington's hair and emerged from the pile with his arm outstretched and black strands dangling from his fist. He raised the hair like a trophy, then flung it to the turf. Hair is considered part of the NFL uniform, so Babin was not penalized.
Eric Adelson

This isn't an isolated incident, hair pulling is something that happens more often than you think in sports.


Wide receiver Torrey Smith #82 of the Baltimore Ravens is pulled down by his hair by cornerback Adam Jones #24 of the Cincinnati Bengals during the second quarter at M&T Bank Stadium on November 20, 2011 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
Wide receiver Torrey Smith #82 of the Baltimore Ravens is pulled down by his hair by cornerback Adam Jones #24 of the Cincinnati Bengals during the second quarter at M&T Bank Stadium on November 20, 2011 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
Wide receiver Torrey Smith #82 of the Baltimore Ravens is pulled down by his hair by cornerback Adam Jones #24 of the Cincinnati Bengals during the second quarter at M&T Bank Stadium on November 20, 2011 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
Dior Mathis #3 of the Oregon Ducks pulls the hair while defending against Kyle Dockins #87 of the Virginia Cavaliers during the game at Scott Stadium on September 7, 2013 in Charlottesville, Virginia. Oregon won 59-10. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
Dior Mathis #3 of the Oregon Ducks pulls the hair while defending against Kyle Dockins #87 of the Virginia Cavaliers during the game at Scott Stadium on September 7, 2013 in Charlottesville, Virginia. Oregon won 59-10. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
Dior Mathis #3 of the Oregon Ducks pulls the hair while defending against Kyle Dockins #87 of the Virginia Cavaliers during the game at Scott Stadium on September 7, 2013 in Charlottesville, Virginia. Oregon won 59-10. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
Carrie Walters #14 of the Las Vegas Sin tackles Amirah Leonard #18 of the Los Angeles Temptation during their Lingerie Football League game at the Orleans Arena November 11, 2011 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Las Vegas won 28-20. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
Carrie Walters #14 of the Las Vegas Sin tackles Amirah Leonard #18 of the Los Angeles Temptation during their Lingerie Football League game at the Orleans Arena November 11, 2011 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Las Vegas won 28-20. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
Carrie Walters #14 of the Las Vegas Sin tackles Amirah Leonard #18 of the Los Angeles Temptation during their Lingerie Football League game at the Orleans Arena November 11, 2011 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Las Vegas won 28-20. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
George Smith of the Brumbies has his hair pulled by Johann Muller of the Sharks during round three Super 12 match between the ACT Brumbies and the Sharks at Canberra Stadium on March 6, 2004 in Canberra, Australia. (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)
George Smith of the Brumbies has his hair pulled by Johann Muller of the Sharks during round three Super 12 match between the ACT Brumbies and the Sharks at Canberra Stadium on March 6, 2004 in Canberra, Australia. (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)
George Smith of the Brumbies has his hair pulled by Johann Muller of the Sharks during round three Super 12 match between the ACT Brumbies and the Sharks at Canberra Stadium on March 6, 2004 in Canberra, Australia. (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)
Pat Sanderson, the England captain pulls the hair of George Smith during the Rugby International between the Australian Wallabies and England at The Telstra Stadium, on June 11, 2006, Sydney Australia. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)
Pat Sanderson, the England captain pulls the hair of George Smith during the Rugby International between the Australian Wallabies and England at The Telstra Stadium, on June 11, 2006, Sydney Australia. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)
Pat Sanderson, the England captain pulls the hair of George Smith during the Rugby International between the Australian Wallabies and England at The Telstra Stadium, on June 11, 2006, Sydney Australia. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)
Kavell Conner #33 of the Clemson Tigers tackles Anthony Allen #18 of the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets by grabbing ahold of his hair at Bobby Dodd Stadium on September 10, 2009 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Kavell Conner;Anthony Allen
Kavell Conner #33 of the Clemson Tigers tackles Anthony Allen #18 of the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets by grabbing ahold of his hair at Bobby Dodd Stadium on September 10, 2009 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Kavell Conner;Anthony Allen
Kavell Conner #33 of the Clemson Tigers tackles Anthony Allen #18 of the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets by grabbing ahold of his hair at Bobby Dodd Stadium on September 10, 2009 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Kavell Conner;Anthony Allen
Rebecca Trethowan of Australia has her hair pulled by Gemma Hallett of Wales during the Women's Rugby World Cup 2010 Pool A Match between Wales and Australia at Surrey Sports Park on August 20, 2010 in Guildford, England. (Photo by Phil Cole/Getty Images)
Rebecca Trethowan of Australia has her hair pulled by Gemma Hallett of Wales during the Women's Rugby World Cup 2010 Pool A Match between Wales and Australia at Surrey Sports Park on August 20, 2010 in Guildford, England. (Photo by Phil Cole/Getty Images)
Rebecca Trethowan of Australia has her hair pulled by Gemma Hallett of Wales during the Women's Rugby World Cup 2010 Pool A Match between Wales and Australia at Surrey Sports Park on August 20, 2010 in Guildford, England. (Photo by Phil Cole/Getty Images)
Jonas Olsson of West Brom pulls the hair of Andy Carroll of Liverpool during the Barclays Premier League match between West Bromwich Albion and Liverpool at The Hawthorns on April 2, 2011 in West Bromwich, England. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)
Jonas Olsson of West Brom pulls the hair of Andy Carroll of Liverpool during the Barclays Premier League match between West Bromwich Albion and Liverpool at The Hawthorns on April 2, 2011 in West Bromwich, England. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)
Jonas Olsson of West Brom pulls the hair of Andy Carroll of Liverpool during the Barclays Premier League match between West Bromwich Albion and Liverpool at The Hawthorns on April 2, 2011 in West Bromwich, England. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)
Raiders running back Justin Fargas grabs Steelers safety Troy Polamalu's hair during game at McAfee Coliseum, Oakland, California, October 29, 2006. The Raiders won 20 to 13. (Photo by Robert B. Stanton/NFLPhotoLibrary)
Raiders running back Justin Fargas grabs Steelers safety Troy Polamalu's hair during game at McAfee Coliseum, Oakland, California, October 29, 2006. The Raiders won 20 to 13. (Photo by Robert B. Stanton/NFLPhotoLibrary)
Raiders running back Justin Fargas grabs Steelers safety Troy Polamalu's hair during game at McAfee Coliseum, Oakland, California, October 29, 2006. The Raiders won 20 to 13. (Photo by Robert B. Stanton/NFLPhotoLibrary)

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