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NFL fines Dunta Robinson $40K for Maclin hit

Posted on: September 19, 2011 6:03 pm
Edited on: September 20, 2011 10:01 am
Posted by Will Brinson

On Sunday night, Falcons cornerback Dunta Robinson repeated history by smashing Eagles wide receiver Jeremy Maclin with a helmet-to-helmet hit that reminded everyone of a similar shot he dropped on Eagles wideout DeSean Jackson in 2010.

Robinson was fined $40,000 by the NFL on Monday for violation of Rule 12, Section 2, Article 9 (a) (2) of the NFL's official playing rules (you probably know it as the "defenseless receiver rule").

"It is a foul if a player initiates unnecessary contact against a player who is in a defenseless posture," the rule reads.

He was also alerted by NFL VP of Football Operations Merton Hanks that any future violations of player safety rules would result in a suspension.

"Future offenses will result in an escalation of fines up to and including suspension," Hanks wrote to Robinson in a letter.  Roger Goodell was informed of the decision, and said "we felt this was the appropriate discipline."

The $40,000 is the minimum fine available to repeat offenders -- Robinson classifies, per the NFL, because of his hit on Jackson in 2010. At that time, Robinson was fined $50,000, but that fine was later reduced to $25,000.

"Robinson hit was violation because Maclin was defenseless by rule-had 'not had time to protect himself or has not clearly become a runner,'" NFL VP of Communications Greg Aiello tweeted Monday.

Our own Pete Prisco, who was on the scene for the Falcons-Eagles tilt -- notes that the "Falcons didn't feel it was cheap." Atlanta head coach Mike Smith said following Sunday night's game that he believed the hit was legal and "that's the way we teach it."
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"My opinion didn't change," Smith reiterated Monday.

If Robinson does appeal, his case will be heard by ex-NFL coaches Art Shell and Ted Cottrell and must be heard by the second Tuesday.

I wrote this morning that Robinson should be suspended by the NFL, and I still feel that way. He flagrantly went head-hunting on Maclin, and both players are lucky that the Eagles wideout didn't sustain a serious injury.

"Player safety is a priority and we will not relent on it," NFL VP of Football Operations Ray Anderson said over the summer. "Let me make it very clear, particularly in regard to repeat offenders, that egregious acts will be subject to suspension. We will not feel the need to hesitate in this regard."

Had the hit on Maclin resulted in the wideout being carted off the field (a la Austin Collie), would Robinson have been suspended? My guess -- which is, admittedly, a morbid hypothetical -- is that Robinson wouldn't be suiting up for the Falcons next game.

And that's a scary thought because it means the league remains reactive -- rather than proactive -- when it comes to player safety.

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Since: Apr 1, 2008
Posted on: September 19, 2011 6:48 pm

NFL fines Dunta Robinson $40K for Maclin hit

Put skirts on all of 'em!

Since: May 11, 2007
Posted on: September 19, 2011 6:45 pm

NFL fines Dunta Robinson $40K for Maclin hit

Sure the fine hurts,but for robibson to do it 2 years in a row to the same team and only fined $40,000.That opens the door for all the headhunters.Shame on the Commisioner.Robinson should have been thrown out of the game  and suspended.

Since: May 21, 2009
Posted on: September 19, 2011 6:44 pm

NFL fines Dunta Robinson $40K for Maclin hit

What do you expect from a hood.?  Once a hood always a hood.  Hit a man when he is looking,but hes not a man at least he is not when he plays the Eagles.

Since: Feb 6, 2008
Posted on: September 19, 2011 6:42 pm

NFL fines Dunta Robinson $40K for Maclin hit

Exactly! Ryan was hit and the stupid refs didnt even throw a flag! How much has to be said about those hits? Stupid refs!

Since: Oct 18, 2006
Posted on: September 19, 2011 6:26 pm

NFL fines Dunta Robinson $40K for Maclin hit

**meant to say he was orginally fined $50K last year

Since: Oct 18, 2006
Posted on: September 19, 2011 6:25 pm

NFL fines Dunta Robinson $40K for Maclin hit

The NFL just blew a chance to show they were serious about this.  $40K was the MINIMUM this guy could have gotten fined from last night's incident and they gave it to him.  If they were serious they would A) fine him the amount of last night's paycheck AND B) suspend him for one game without pay.  Until they get that serious on repeat offenders, this will continue.  I can see some leniency on a first timer, but this guy was actually fined more for his first time (last year on Jackson he was originally fined $25K) that this time.  Nice job Goodell!  EPIC FAIL

Additionally Mike Smith should be fined for saying that that is how they teach them to hit.  He is admitting that they are blatantly teaching their  players to disobey the NFL safety rules. 

Of course we will get the posters saying "this is football, not ballet" but they are ignoring the danger of a helmet to helmet hit on a defenseless player in the name of trying to look tough. 

Since: Sep 1, 2006
Posted on: September 19, 2011 6:15 pm

NFL fines Dunta Robinson $40K for Maclin hit

Lets make sure that Cullen Jenkins also get a little lighter in the wallet for his hit on Ryan that was never called......

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