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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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Since: Dec 2, 2007
Posted on: December 30, 2010 7:49 pm

NFL reduces fines for 'Big 3' concussion hits

The NFL is trying to get a Labor Agreement no other reason for this BS Decision, now having said that, can we quit giving the QB a free ride in this league, if you touch his helment 15 yards, if you touch his ankle or knee 15 yards if you touch him at all pretty soon it will be 30 yards.

Since: Aug 20, 2006
Posted on: December 30, 2010 7:48 pm

NFL reduces fines for 'Big 3' concussion hits

The one fine that should NOT have been reduced is the one on Merriweather where he intentionally launched himself and his helmet directly into Todd heap's helmet.  It was by far the most egregious of the hits and the only one where intent to injure could be assumed.

Since: Jul 27, 2010
Posted on: December 30, 2010 7:45 pm

NFL reduces fines for 'Big 3' concussion hits

agreed announcerguy.  Merriweather was the worst of them all because the intent was obvious as day, plus it knocked Heap out of the game.  You could argue that if Heap finishes that game, the Ravens win, and therefore would be in control of the number 1 seed right now.  When he appealed, he should of been fined more, because that hit had the most malicious intent and the most damaging repercussions. 
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Since: Jan 15, 2009
Posted on: December 30, 2010 7:06 pm

NFL reduces fines for 'Big 3' concussion hits

I don't agree with ANY of these decisions at all. If you're going to fine players for "intent to injure" then fine them and set a tone that this will not be accepted in the league any longer and don't be a bunch of "pansies" about it.

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