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NFL reduces fines for 'Big 3' concussion hits

Posted on: December 30, 2010 6:57 pm
 
Posted by Will Brinson

Way back in the middle of October, Brandon Meriweather, James Harrison and Dunta Robinson were all fined a lot of money because of big helmet-to-helmet hits that sparked a national debate about the safety of the NFL.

Those fines, according to Judy Battista of the New York Times, have all been reduced.

Harrison (originally fined $75,000, which nearly "forced" him into retirement) had his fine reduced from $75,000 to $50,000, Meriweather (the headbutt on Todd Heap) had his reduced from $50,000 to $40,000 and Dunta Robinson (who collided with DeSean Jackson) had his reduced from $50,000 to $25,000.

The NFL has since confirmed the reductions.

"We can confirm the outcome of those appeals," the NFL said in a statement. "The appeals officer, Ted Cottrell, reduced Robinson’s fine from $50,000 to $25,000 and Meriweather’s fine from $50,000 to $40,000. Following these decisions, Cottrell took the additional step of reviewing the appeal of James Harrison of the Pittsburgh Steelers. Harrison was fined $75,000 earlier this season for a similar flagrant hit. Cottrell consulted with Commissioner Goodell about reducing Harrison’s fine to $50,000 and the commissioner fully supported the decision."

Cottrell also said, according to the league's statement, that he reduced the fines because of an increased effort by the players to work within the confines of the rules and adjusting their techniques.

Additionally, those fine amounts just make more sense in the scheme of things, especially when you consider how knee-jerk the reaction from the league was to three big hits within a short time span at the time.

With the benefit of 20/20 hindsight, and no major incidents with any of the players during the rest of the regular season, a reduction in fines seems like a smart move.

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Comments

Since: Aug 7, 2008
Posted on: December 31, 2010 12:21 am
 

NFL reduces fines for 'Big 3' concussion hits

The best way to deter players from making hits that can lead to concussions is by not allowing players to wear helmets. They don't wear helmets in soccer and it has not been a problem. Defensive football players are not stupid enough to risk making bone jarring hits if they themselves are not protected. 



Since: Dec 14, 2010
Posted on: December 31, 2010 12:20 am
 

NFL reduces fines for 'Big 3' concussion hits

Yes The NFL makes tons of money from Fantasy Football! Fantasy players will watch football more, all football! You can put 2 bad teams to play, but you still watch the game for fantasy purposes.



Since: Dec 3, 2007
Posted on: December 30, 2010 11:28 pm
 

NFL reduces fines for 'Big 3' concussion hits

Arinze:  Fear the day that the government steps in and deems fantasy illegal gambling....it would cripple the league.

Do you really think the NFL makes ANY money off of fantasy football?  Your entire comment is ridiculous.  Were you dropped as a child?



Since: Feb 20, 2010
Posted on: December 30, 2010 9:22 pm
 

NFL reduces fines for 'Big 3' concussion hits

Sounds like you need to stop watching football and leave it to the boys and girls who do arinze.



Since: Dec 2, 2007
Posted on: December 30, 2010 8:52 pm
 

NFL reduces fines for 'Big 3' concussion hits

arinze121 did you watch the Atlanta Saints game? If you did do you want to call that a boring or yawn game? You don't know Jack about football, either your a big time better or in a sorry fantasy league and lost.



Since: Dec 17, 2008
Posted on: December 30, 2010 8:34 pm
 

NFL reduces fines for 'Big 3' concussion hits

Arinze...it's fans like you that are ruining the game because the NFL feels they need to cater to the morons and those who don't know the game, in order to bring in more money.  Just because your mind is too small to enjoy a low scoring defensive battle, the NFL feels they need to implement rules so the little minds can witness a 35-31 game and be amused.  Yes, the NFL is unwatchable today, but not for the reasons you state.  It's because players can no longer play the game and it's constantly being interrupted with yellow flags and instant replay, to make sure players don't hit too hard and defenses don't dominate, otherwise, fools like you won't watch.  Go away, please.



Since: Apr 6, 2007
Posted on: December 30, 2010 8:03 pm
 

NFL reduces fines for 'Big 3' concussion hits

Make fantasy football illegal gambling?  You would be from Buffalo.



Since: Feb 19, 2010
Posted on: December 30, 2010 7:59 pm
 

NFL reduces fines for 'Big 3' concussion hits

That picture of the Harrison hit is a text book hit. Lower your shoulder and knock some people out. If the helmet hits the other player, so be it. You play hard and hit people as fast as you can. Things like concussions are going to happen, it's called football. Don't punish players because of good hard hits. That's why the NFL was popular, because of the hard hits. Players like Dick Butkus and Ronnie Lott knocked a lot of players out and hurt them, and that's football to me. That's why these players get paid millions, because it's very dangerous.



Since: Aug 22, 2007
Posted on: December 30, 2010 7:56 pm
 

NFL reduces fines for 'Big 3' concussion hits

They drop the fines for guys making millions but they keep the fine for the coach that makes a 1/10th of what they do.  It shows where the priorities are of this nation as a whole.  These "entertainers" that whine and moan get preferential treatment while the regular hardworking guy who probably was told by that slob Rex Ryan to set a wall up, gets hit huge.  This is a disgrace and shows that Goodell has lost control.  THe NFL is a garbage product surviving off of fantasy football popularity.  Fear the day that the government steps in and deems fantasy illegal gambling....it would cripple the league.  I for 1 would not watch a single game as these games are often UNWATCHABLE.  Any fan that gets excited over a 13-10 game needs a new hobby.  Other sports that bring low scores at least bring action and near success thrills....in football its either a score, or a punt YAWN



Since: Dec 10, 2006
Posted on: December 30, 2010 7:49 pm
 

NFL reduces fines for 'Big 3' concussion hits

The problem is that they know they were wrong for fining these guys in the first place.  They know they were wrong for trying to enforce this rule mid-season.  This is something you do in the offseason and enforce it heavily in the pre-season to give time for the players to adjust.  This was done completely wrong, its like a my boss telling me they are reducing my vacation and I have to pay them money back for the vacation I had already taken.  You just can't operated a business like that.  They need to drop the fines entirely.   


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