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Ochocinco offers to reimburse Foster for fine

Posted on: August 20, 2011 7:59 pm
Edited on: August 20, 2011 8:01 pm
 
M. Foster could be facing a fine (Getty).Posted by Josh Katzowitz

When Buccaneers LB Mason Foster smacked Patriots WR Chad Ochocinco in a helmet to helmet hit Thursday, he caused an incompletion and received a pat on the back from his teammates -- and from Ochocinco himself. But he also might have earned himself a fine for an illegal hit (he was penalized for unnecessary roughness at the time).

No problem, Ochocinco said.

He took to Twitter on Friday and wrote to Foster, “great hit last night,if u're fined I'll reimburse u boss.That's the way the game should b played.Stay healthy n have a good yr.” Responded Foster: “thanks Bruh I appreciate it, goodluck to you too.”

But under the NFL rules, Ochocinco isn’t allowed to pay for Foster’s fine. NFL spokesman Greg Aiello told PFT that nobody can pay a player’s fine but that player himself and that nobody can reimburse that player.

So, if the league fines Foster, who was drafted by Tampa Bay in the third round and signed a four-year, $2.7 million deal with $1.4 million guaranteed, it’s going to come directly out of his own paycheck.

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Comments

Since: Jul 3, 2010
Posted on: August 21, 2011 3:45 pm
 

Ochocinco offers to reimburse Foster for fine

The NFL should make the fine $500K, but for all I care....the players heads can explode.  



Since: Aug 13, 2009
Posted on: August 21, 2011 1:51 pm
 

Ochocinco offers to reimburse Foster for fine

The NFL has no right in telling a player how to spend there money. If Chad Ochocinco writes a personal check to Mason Foster, then Mason Foster deposits it in his personal savings account, the NFL has no say in it. Both these players could do it under the table where nobody would know. What's the next thing the NFL will  try? Tell the players which hand to wipe their behind with.
The NFL can do what they want, its a business and there employees have to follow the rules. If someone breaks a rule and someone else pays for it then the penalty never serves its purpose and is useless. I am not saying they could not do it by Ocho handing him cash on the side but if the leauge knows chad gave him cash or a check they absolutely can and will punish them both, its in the rules and they dont need to prove it like in court. if Goodell knows some sort of payment from chad to foster was made he will punish them.



Since: Nov 27, 2010
Posted on: August 21, 2011 12:49 pm
 

Ochocinco offers to reimburse Foster for fine

I wonder if Chad would have tweeted the same thing from a hospital bed.



Since: Oct 10, 2008
Posted on: August 21, 2011 11:46 am
 

Ochocinco offers to reimburse Foster for fine

The NFL has no right in telling a player how to spend there money. If Chad Ochocinco writes a personal check to Mason Foster, then Mason Foster deposits it in his personal savings account, the NFL has no say in it. Both these players could do it under the table where nobody would know. What's the next thing the NFL will  try? Tell the players which hand to wipe their behind with.



Since: Aug 19, 2011
Posted on: August 21, 2011 11:23 am
 

Ochocinco offers to reimburse Foster for fine

Redwings1969, good point, I didn't think of that, makese sense, otherwise I guess the danger is the marginal players will try to make a name for themselves by being goons.



Since: Sep 8, 2009
Posted on: August 21, 2011 5:33 am
 

Ochocinco offers to reimburse Foster for fine

How about instead of the league fining Mason Foster, and subsequently having to fine Chad Ochocinco (because he's dumb enough to buy the guy a Bentley the next day) they let the boys play.  That was a NICE hit in a bang bang situation.  I'm a Patriots fan who hope Ocho has a good year, but hits like that remind me why I love to watch this game!



Since: Jan 6, 2007
Posted on: August 21, 2011 4:39 am
 

Ochocinco offers to reimburse Foster for fine

The revenue isn't the point at all. The point is that the player receive a penalty so that they do not repeat the same frowned upon act in the future. If you don't insist that the specific player pay their own fines, then you open up the system to bounties on opposing players and reimbursement from team mates or an organization for making an illegal and potentially harmful hit.

Although I think it's admirable that Chad would pay for an opponent who hit hard and held nothing back, letting him do so opens the doors to things that the league does not want, and which we as fans should not want, either. 



Since: Jan 22, 2007
Posted on: August 21, 2011 3:59 am
 

Ochocinco offers to reimburse Foster for fine

Oh, there has to be so many ways around that restriction: "hey, I'll buy this random, probably worthless object off of you for, say, the exact amount you were recently fined!  By sheer coincidence, of course"



Since: Sep 19, 2009
Posted on: August 21, 2011 1:41 am
 

Ochocinco offers to reimburse Foster for fine

He will pay the fine? It appears the hit really had a lasting impact on Ochocinco. 



Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: August 20, 2011 11:00 pm
 

Ochocinco offers to reimburse Foster for fine

That seems strange, why wouldn't someone elese be allowed to pay the fine for the player? I would think that getting the revenue is what its all about, what the difference who pays?

The league can't allow players to pay each other's fines just as they don't allow owners to pay coaches fines or any of their players fines. Why? Because what happens if you allow this is a lunatic making the league minimum can hurt people knowing the guys making 50 million dollars in their career will cover their fines.  

That being said, I still think it happens all the time. What's to stop a few players from getting some money together and helping a guy out? That's just one way, there's a million ways people could cover fines for others... but the league has to say it's illegal..... 


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