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Fines: Harrison $75K; Meriweather, Robinson $50K

Posted on: October 19, 2010 4:40 pm
Edited on: October 19, 2010 5:13 pm
Posted by Will Brinson

Brandon Meriweather, Dunta Robinson and James Harrison are a lot lighter in the wallet after today -- the NFL announced that Meriweather and Robinson will be fined $50,000 and Harrison will be fined $75,000, for their "devastating" hits from Sunday. 

Chris Mortensen first reported Harrison's fine, Mike Reiss of ESPN Boston initially dropped the news of Meriweather's fine and Fox Sports' Jay Glazer first reported that Robinson was fined $50,000 fine as well for his hit on Eagles wide receiver DeSean Jackson.

None of the players will be suspended, according to current reports, but make no mistake -- those are monster fines (remember that Rodney Harrison said he saved up $50K for a season) and the league is making a clear statement that it intends to back up its newly found desire to enforce a rule already in place.

Robinson's hit was called "illegal" by NFL VP Ray Anderson earlier, but it's still surprising that he'll receive the same amount as Meriweather, simply based on the intent behind the hit. 

Harrison reportedly received more than Robinson and Meriweather because of "repeat offender" status. What's interesting about these fines is that the NFL doesn't appear to be discerning between a player's "intent" or not -- Meriweather essentially headbutted Todd Heap, while Robinson's hit on Jackson was, as Anderson put it, a "bang-bang play." Anderson calling the hit "illegal" indicates the league's belief that what a player was trying to do doesn't matter.

The reaction to these fines, from NFL players, should be interesting -- Chris Harris already told our own Dave Richard that the league's reaction was "knee-jerk," Antrell Rolle called it "absolutely ridiculous", and Aaron Curry tweeted that the fines were "absolutely crazy."

In a statement, NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said that "increased discipline for violating player-safety rules [will] include suspensions" but that there were no suspensions this week because "fair warning needed to be given to players and clubs before increased discipline starts to include game suspensions."

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Since: Nov 12, 2006
Posted on: October 20, 2010 10:54 am

Fines: Harrison $75K; Meriweather, Robinson $50K

 Secondly, him saying that there is a big difference between hurt and injured is ridiculous as well.

Disagree.  There IS a big difference between being hurt and being injured.  You can play through pain, you're stupid to play through injury.  Any pro athlete that can't play through pain needs to find a different line of work because he won't be in the lineup very often.

Hell, being hurt is part of the fun of the game.  I still laugh at a hit a safety put on me 25 years ago.  Felt like he tore me in half, but I wasn't injured and ended up back in the game after I realized my torso was still in one piece.  And that was just a military base tackle football team playing the inmates at San Quentin, nothing close to this level. 

Since: Jan 10, 2007
Posted on: October 20, 2010 10:52 am

Fines: Harrison $75K; Meriweather, Robinson $50K

of course Harrison's gonna threaten retirement.. his whole game is head hunting.  And ya, he does back off from the torpedo style, lead with the helmet hits when reciever see's the hit coming.  When recievers see it coming he always goes low for normal wrap-up the legs tackles..  youtube his big hits, they're all when recievers are defenseless.

Since: Jul 27, 2010
Posted on: October 20, 2010 10:33 am

Fines: Harrison $75K; Meriweather, Robinson $50K

The main thing that got me to believe Harrison deserves this fine was the statement he gave after the game. He said something like, he has no problem hurting guys, but he would never try to injure someone. I thought that was a ridiculous thing to say and a symbol of how little these guys still understand about head injuries. First of all, hurting a guy should not be your intent on the play, it should be to break up the play. If the guy gets hurt in the process alright, but that should not be your first goal. Thats just a complete disrespect for anyone else on the field. Secondly, him saying that there is a big difference between hurt and injured is ridiculous as well. Thats like saying your trying to tweak a guys ankle while your tackling him, but not so much that it actually sidelines him. He has no control over the amount of injury he is applying. Does he really believe that he can smack a guy at just the right amount that he drops the balls and gets the wind knocked out of him, but definitely not enough for a concussion?
Harrison seems to have no grasp even on the point of what they are trying to do. He wants to hurt them, he doesn't care if he does, and he thinks that's alright. He needs to realize that a head injury is a head injury. Some might be more severe, but none are ok. If his goal is to hurt people on every play, he eventually will seriously. 
He's the type of person where, when he breaks a guys neck or soemthing, he would say, "well I was just trying to give him a concussion so that;s not my fault. Theres a bad idea in the NFL right now that its their job to go out and hurt people. No, it's your job to go out and make plays, people get hurt in the process anyway, but it should never be your intent.

Since: Dec 27, 2006
Posted on: October 20, 2010 10:27 am

Fines: Harrison $75K; Meriweather, Robinson $50K

Buy one for 50K, get 2 for 75K...

Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: October 20, 2010 10:25 am

Leather Helmets !!

Bring back the leather helmets with NO facemask. The injuries have been increased since you have given these guys weapons for the head. The problem is you have so much beef behind one of these torpedoes someone is going to get killed. Without the hard shell and the face protection you will see old time football should tackles,, no more leading with the face/head.
Yes this sounds stupid but if you think about, it does make sense in a way.

Since: Nov 15, 2006
Posted on: October 20, 2010 10:25 am

Fines: Harrison $75K; Meriweather, Robinson $50K

Two blatent helmet to helmet hits that need fines. The one on Robinson was accidental and shouldn't recieve a fine. The one that Todd Heap took from Meriweather was one of the cheapest shots I've ever seen. He tried doing it earlier in the game and whiffed. He is a real piece of sh**.

Since: Oct 9, 2006
Posted on: October 20, 2010 10:20 am

Fines: Harrison $75K; Meriweather, Robinson $50K

.... do you watch football, or do you spend you day on the computer chatting like a woman?

Since: Nov 15, 2006
Posted on: October 20, 2010 10:17 am

Fines: Harrison $75K; Meriweather, Robinson $50K

Harrison's remarks were, that he didn't think he could play football the way they want him to. What? By the rules? Fair? Clean? I say good riddance....he should just quit. One less dirty. cheap shot thug that pro sports doesn't need.

Since: Sep 15, 2006
Posted on: October 20, 2010 10:11 am

Fines: Harrison $75K; Meriweather, Robinson $50K


So am I hearing you correctly?  Harrison backs off when he thinks the reciever sees him coming and is gonna hit him hard back!!  So  he is really afraid of the recievers!!  Get off the drugs you are smoking and seek help.

Since: Oct 20, 2010
Posted on: October 20, 2010 9:43 am

Dunta's Hit was NOT illeagal!

First - Dunta's hit was totally legal!! He did not lead with the helmet; he hit dead on in the guy's sternum; leading with the pads! He did not hit the Head or neck area as the defensless reciever rule requires! Therefore no flag should have been thrown! Dunta certainly should not have been fined!
Second - You cant change your trajectory once you have committed to a tackle - PERIOD!
Third - The rule is just gonna cause more injuries than before! Now you have a defensive player thats gonna try to hit lower to avoid a suspension, which obviously causes him to lower his head thus creating a more likely head or neck injury!

There needs to be a clear distiction between an obvious foul ( Merriman's hit) and a text book hit (Dunta's hit) CLEARLY 2 different tackles! One that should be fined and one that should not have been, much less a penalty!

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