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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: Jun 3, 2009
Posted on: September 19, 2011 8:07 pm

NFL fines Dunta Robinson $40K for Maclin hit

These hits are being taught by the coaches, so what do you expect? In Rugby they teach how to tackle effictively without injury the person. The could do it in NFL if they wanted to.

Since: Aug 10, 2011
Posted on: September 19, 2011 7:59 pm

NFL fines Dunta Robinson $40K for Maclin hit

I'm not a huge fan of fines for hits.  This is the NFL.  These guys all got tons of money.  I say punish on the field.  Eject, suspend, throw a penalty flag, but I don't think that fines do much of anything.  

Since: Oct 6, 2006
Posted on: September 19, 2011 7:53 pm

The photo above shows it all

Maclin clearly had control of the ball and was now a runner when the hit occured contrary to what the article stated. Robinsons' helmet was under Maclins helmet and he was tackled by Robinson cleanly with his shoulder pad in Maclins side.

You can't dispute the evidence in the photo.

I mean I am just an innocent bystandard reading an article and looking at a photo so just my 2 cents. Hunker down Dawgs and tomahawk choppin in Europe (fun to be in the military) but by no means am I a Falcons fan or Eagles fan for that matter.

Light em up Matty "ICE".

Hahahaha God bless America!

Since: Aug 1, 2008
Posted on: September 19, 2011 7:42 pm

NFL fines Dunta Robinson $40K for Maclin hit

If this was James Harrison he would have been fined twice as much and suspended. How he can only get fined 40 thousand and it is his second offense is ridiculous.

Since: Dec 13, 2008
Posted on: September 19, 2011 7:39 pm

NFL fines Dunta Robinson $40K for Maclin hit

If Mike Smith comes and and says there was nothing wrong with the hit.... Thats the way we teach it  ... He should be fined also

Since: Sep 19, 2011
Posted on: September 19, 2011 7:36 pm

NFL fines Dunta Robinson $40K for Maclin hit

It look like Robinson was trying to knock Maclin out of the game, Robinson did the same thing to the same team last year

Since: Feb 18, 2007
Posted on: September 19, 2011 7:30 pm

NFL fines Dunta Robinson $40K for Maclin hit

Do they need helmets anymore? Really, come on. Just hand out the flags and take off the pads. NO CONTACT SPORT!!!!VAGINA!!!

Since: Feb 18, 2007
Posted on: September 19, 2011 7:29 pm

NFL fines Dunta Robinson $40K for Maclin hit

He didn't get fined for any other tackle? What the heck? Why do they only hate on the GOOD play?

Since: Nov 21, 2007
Posted on: September 19, 2011 7:25 pm

NFL fines Dunta Robinson $40K for Maclin hit

I am surprised he got fined at all.  After all, no patriot or cowboy or jet got hurt on the play.

Since: Jan 1, 2008
Posted on: September 19, 2011 6:53 pm

NFL fines Dunta Robinson $40K for Maclin hit

The hit deserves the fine, and a suspension on next offense seems appropriate. Now, I wish the refs would make the calls consistently across the league. I was watching the Bears/Saints game, and there were at least three hits, two by the Saints, and one by the Bears that could have been called, but weren't (not to mention the many pass interference and illegal contact non-calls). The most overlooked hit, not even mentioned by the dimwitted duo of Aikman and Buck was the hit by Roman Harper on Earl Bennett that knocked Bennett out of the game early on with an obvious spear to the ribs of Bennett, clearly leading with the crown of the helmet right in the middle of the field. If it is a penalty, it is a penalty, and it has to be called. If it isn't a penalty, then we just go back to the days not too long ago of devastating hits that make us all cheer, but shorten the lives of these players considerably.

C'mon NFL - do this correctly! 

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