Meet The Guy Who Took That Vicious Stiff-Arm From A Washington DC Cop


By now, you probably saw the video of a Washington DC police officer stiff-arming a guy during a snow football game that took place during Winter Storm Jonas.

But in case you haven't, or just want to relive the moment, here's what happened when the spirit of competition was taken just a little too far.

Once the above video started making the rounds, it instantly became a news story. The Washington Post reported a group of DC cops took a break from blizzard duties to join in a game of football in the Columbia Heights neighborhood. The Post broke down the play, calling the unlucky stiff-arm victim a "particularly flat-footed defender."

That "flat-footed defender" is James Justice Haynes, and he spoke to Elite Daily via email about getting rocked by one of DC's finest.

First, Haynes shared how he ended up playing football, despite Winter Storm Jonas bearing down on the DC area.

He said,

According to Haynes, DC cops were called to the scene because a nearby resident made a noise complaint. Naturally, he thought the game would be broken up.

He told Elite Daily,

Haynes recalled a crowd gathering to watch the cops and civilians engage in some good old-fashioned snow football, but he said the rules of the game, as far as tackling was concerned, weren't explicitly made clear.

He explained,

It all seemed innocent enough, but Haynes' world was literally about to be turned upside down. Following an incomplete pass to start the game, the 23-year-old recalls the stiff-arm seen 'round the world.

Haynes shared,

Even though he thought the game was two-hand touch, Haynes didn't make any excuses for the play, saying,

And if you thought this cop was just being an assh*le by taking out some unsuspecting kid, Haynes was also quick to dispel that notion.

He told Elite Daily,

That's really what happened in Washington DC on Saturday night. On the bright side, there should be plenty of ice for Haynes to treat his bruises.

Citations: D.C. cop joins snow football game, unleashes hellacious stiff-arm (The Washington Post)