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Andre Johnson, Cortland Finnegan fined $25K each

Posted on: November 29, 2010 5:26 pm
Edited on: November 29, 2010 5:40 pm
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Posted by Will Brinson

Cortland Finnegan and Andre Johnson made serious NFL headlines when they got involved in a fight during the Houston-Tennessee game and were summarily ejected. It was (wisely) assumed that both would be fined and there was a good chance each would see a suspension (although word leaked Monday that Johnson wouldn't miss a game) -- that's not the case though.

According to the NFL, neither Johnson nor Finnegan will be suspended for their part in the altercation on Sunday.

They will, however, be fined $25,000 each for their actions.

This news, honestly, is nothing short of shocking -- Johnson laid a few haymakers on a helmet-less Finnegan, and the Titans cornerback has a pretty bad track record, warned Houston's bench of what he was going to do, and also taunted the Texans fans as he was escorted from Reliant Stadium. 

Granted, Johnson apologized following the game (Finnegan did not) and this is the exact same punishment handed to Richard Seymour for his cheap shot on Ben Roethlisberger during Week 11, so perhaps it's simply better to wait until after a play to start delivering dirty hits on players. If you do so, even without bad intentions, before the whistle blows, you're likely to see a much bigger hit to the wallet.

As always, we encourage your thoughts in the comments -- Too high?? Too low?? -- and if you haven't seen the fight yet, check it below.



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Since: Dec 1, 2010
Posted on: December 1, 2010 11:51 am
 

Andre Johnson, Cortland Finnegan fined $25K each

This was not hockey.  In hockey, the fighters usually square off and when they go to the ice (ground) they are seperated by officials.

Finnegan is not a complete jerk (or whatever name you want to call him) although he usually acts like one on the field.  When he is not playing he is actually a very caring individual, from many accounts I have read, liberally donating his time to various charities, hospital visitations and his own foudation.  That being said, when he steps on the field he seems to undergo a personality transplant and is very much an agitator.  Many of the things he does to get under the skin of opponents are legal, such as trash talking.  I am led to believe that he also takes many cheap shots although much of that is undocumented as a cheap shot artist usually tries to hide his craft.

Maybe Finnegan provoked Johnson but even so Johnson's actions were reprehensible.  Those believing blows with the fist to the back of the head and an uppercut to the face can cause no major damage are not dealing with reality.  I believe that Johnson should have been dealt with much more severely than Finnegan in this case.  I do not believe past conduct should have a bearing on penalties meted out.  If someone is hitting me in the in the back of the head, I am not overly concerned with his past history of violence.  Likewise, just because someone has a bad reputation does not mean he is the guilty party in this case.

I believe Goodell has way too much leeway in levying penalties and new guidelines need to be established.  Fines should be based on a percentage of the players salary so that they effect each offender equally.  If Finnegan was allowed to get away with illegal activity throughout the game which led to Johnson's actions, then they should be fined or suspended also. 



Since: Mar 21, 2007
Posted on: December 1, 2010 10:57 am
 

Andre Johnson, Cortland Finnegan fined $25K each

Ah, the life of an NFL apologist.  First, I am going to defend the NFL's choosing to not suspend these two after fighting while the Texans ran plays on offense.  Next, I'm going to keep my eye on the NBA headlines, ready to troll the next time I see an article about David Stern handing down a new decision--or about an upcoming NBA lockout.  There's no hypocrisy here, though, because the difference is we have the almighty Goodell making the decisions for the infallible NFL.  Gotta love it.


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