When Clay Matthews leveled Colin Kaepernick on Sunday, the initial reaction was that Matthews deserved to be ejected. However, tempers have since cooled and the Green Bay Packers‘ linebacker was nailed with a $15,000 fine on Friday. Naturally, Matthews will appeal the fine, which probably isn’t going to go so well for him. To be honest, Matthews is getting a pretty good deal considering Ndamukong Suh is out $100,oo0 for his illegal block in Week 1.
While Green Bay doesn’t like seeing it’s star linebacker lose a couple of bucks, the Packers’ fan base should be thankful that No. 52 isn’t going to miss any games.
Sure, the hit on Kaepernick may have been acceptable 10 years ago, but this new wave of NFL quarterbacks play with luxuries that just didn’t exist in the early 2000s. Knowing that, Matthews should not have lunged at the San Francisco 49ers‘ quarterback like he did. Whenever an All-Pro like Matthews lays someone out, the initial response is that he is a dirty player, which couldn’t be further from the truth. If you don’t believe me, here’s Matthews’ take on whether or not he plays the game the right way:
“I’m an awesome player, not a dirty player.”
Are you buying Matthews’ self-proclaimed awesomeness? I’m not. What kind of Super Bowl Champion needs to tell himself that he’s awesome? Let the rest of the NFL do the talking, Matthews, you stick to those god-awful “Fathead” commercials.