The NFL fined Washington Redskins tackle Trent Williams $7,875 for hitting Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman in the face after their NFC Wild Card match up last Sunday. The incident was caught by cameras shortly after the game and audio also surfaced because Sherman was mic’d up for the game.
The fine handed down by the league is way too light, plain and simple. The punch didn’t occur in the heat of the moment during on field action, but after the game when Williams had a premeditated intent to hit Sherman and actually did it. The audio points that out for goodness sakes! Yet the league drops a miniscule fine on Williams. I just don’t understand it?
The NFL has been heavy handed in handing down fines all year when it’s come to spur of the moment incidents on the field, yet they came up short on an incident in which a player punched another player in the face without his helmet on. In other words, it’s not OK to mistakenly hit a player a fraction of a second late but it’s considered no big deal to try and start a fight with a player after a game.
DeAngelo Hall was fined $20,000 for a horse collar tackle on Thanksgiving, a penalty based on grabbing the wrong area while attempting to make a tackle, but only fined Williams $7,875 for hitting a player in the face on purpose after a game had ended. How does Williams get off so light?
I know the NFL is all about safety and that’s the reason the late hits and tackles have drawn such high fines from the league but is a punch to players face any safer? Especially when he’s not wearing his helmet, and it wouldn’t be out of the question for Sherman to be concussed by a blow from a man the size of Williams.
Williams’ fine should have been much higher and the NFL completely blew the opportunity to set an example for the rest of the league.
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