Brian Urlacher was fined $15,750 for a fourth quarter horse collar penalty on Adrian Peterson in last Sunday’s Chicago Bears 28-10 win over the Minnesota Vikings. It was a questionable call at the time, and even a bigger disgrace as a fine.
While I have no issue with the league issuing fines for illegal and potentially damaging hits, this fine seems to be way out of line. Considering for around $15,000 more, Houston Texans linebacker Tim Dobbins can take a legitimate cheap shot at Bears’ signal caller Jay Cutler, or for a mere $21,000, Jared Allen can cheap shot and end the season of Lance Louis.
Roger Goodell‘s logic on fines and suspensions seems to make little-to-no sense. Detroit Lions in-house thug Ndamukong Suh is allowed to kick a quarterback in a painful place, but only gets a $30,000. Suh is always doing stupid things on-and-off the field. If the league is going to start really cracking down on things, maybe it’s time that Suh is given a little more than a slap-on-the-wrist. Make an example out of guys that are intentionally trying to injure other players. It’s obvious in the case of Suh and Dobbins, their intentions were to injure an opposing player. I can’t say the same thing for Allen, but his hit was egregious enough to at least be considered a cheap-shot.
The New Orleans Saints felt the wrath of Goodell over Bounty Gate, and yet, there are players around the league that are regularly guilty of cheap shots. Something has to give. Instead of fining one the league’s best players for a questionable call, maybe it is time to start handing down punishments that actually fit the crimes.
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