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Oher's fine is, oddly, much smaller than Ocho's

Posted on: December 3, 2010 9:37 pm
Edited on: December 3, 2010 10:57 pm

Posted by Andy Benoit

We expected Ravens tackle Michael Oher to be fined for his in-game tweet this past Sunday. We did not expect the fine to be so small. Oher was docked $5,000 for using social media during the fourth quarter of the Bucs-Ravens game. (Oher had left the game with a knee injury earlier and, unaware of the league’s rule against using social media within 90 minutes of kickoff or during a game, told his Twitter followers that he’d play against the Steelers next week.)M. Oher

Darnell Dockett and Terrell Owens were both fined $5,000 earlier this season for tweets inside of 90 minutes. So why did we think Oher’s fine would be bigger? Because the only other player fined for tweeting DURING a game this season (or preseason, as it was) is Chad Ochocinco. And Ochocinco’s fine was $25,000.

We asked the NFL the reasoning behind the $20,000 difference in Ocho’s fine and Oher’s fine. The league at first responded by paC. Ochocincossing along its original announcement about Ochocinco:

Chad Ochocinco of the Cincinnati Bengals was notified that he has been fined $25,000 for violating two NFL game policies – possession of an electronic device and posting messages on a social media site – during the Bengals-Philadelphia Eagles game on August 20.

Two messages appeared on Ochocinco’s Twitter page during the prohibited period for players to be using social media, which begins 90 minutes prior to kickoff until post-game media obligations are fulfilled.  One Ochocinco message appeared at 6:50 p.m. ET and the second at 9:53 p.m. ET.  The game kicked off at 8:07 p.m. ET.

The only difference we can see between Oher’s actions and Ocho’s actions is that Oher sent one tweet and Ocho sent two. The part about Ocho violating the policy against an electronic device is irrelevant in this discussion, as any player who tweets would have had to have used an electronic device (which means Oher would be guilty of that, as well).

Unless, in the league’s eye, there’s a difference between using an electronic device on the sideline (as Ocho did) vs. in the locker room (as Oher did), the implication is that a second tweet is worth $20,000 more than a first tweet. That would be consistent with the league’s rules against repeat social media offenders. But is that really a $20,000 offense? You can punch out a pesky, dirty cornerback for almost that price.

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Posted on: December 10, 2011 3:29 pm

Oher's fine is, oddly, much smaller than Ocho's

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Since: Sep 11, 2006
Posted on: December 4, 2010 9:40 am

Oher's fine is, oddly, much smaller than Ocho's

Two other key differences:  Oher was in the locker room and unable to immediately return to the game (left the field with a questionable status to return), Ochocinco was on the sideline and ready to return.  The other point is Ochocinco's tweets were just Chad being Chad, goofing off.  Oher's tweet (yes, I saw it), was intended to let everyone know he was ok.  One potentially questioned the intrigity of the game and was could have been a distraction on the field of play, the other did not.  If we can now factor in intent with vicious hits, to be consist the league has to look at intent on other rule violations. 

Since: Apr 3, 2009
Posted on: December 4, 2010 2:01 am

Oher's fine is, oddly, much smaller than Ocho's

So Oher was blind sided by the rules.

Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: December 3, 2010 10:51 pm

Oher's fine is, oddly, much smaller than Ocho's

It's because Sandra called Roger and told him to ley off her boy. That's why.

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