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Babin not pleased with his $15K fine

Posted on: October 7, 2011 12:08 am
J. Babin was not pleased with his $15,00 fine (US Presswire).Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Every Wednesday and Thursday during the NFL season, we get word that players from across the league have been fined for various illegal activities they had engaged in during the previous Sunday. Players are usually upset by the league’s actions, but most don’t raise a big stink.

Philadelphia’s Jason Babin has officially raised a big stink, upset by the $15,000 charge he incurred for his hit on 49ers quarterback Alex Smith that drew an unnecessary roughness penalty, and he let reporters know that he thought the fine was ludicrous.

"It's not like it was a late hit, it's not like it was a malicious hit," Babin said via the Philadelphia Inquirer. "The funny part was on that play Trent Cole was high-lowed ... and you can tell that [the 49ers] game planned it. So how are they going to fine me when you see a coach and players game plan to high-low arguably our best pass rusher on our team? That's a little sickening."

Two other reasons Babin -- who leads the league with seven sacks -- was perturbed. He thinks the NFL doesn’t like the way he plays the game and because he thinks the fine system seems so random.

"I don't think they like the way I play at all," Babin said. "I'm pretty sure they get nervous every time because they know I'm throwing and someone gets hurt. But that's what got me paid, that's what got me where I am today. I'm not going to change."

And as far as the inconsistency in the fine system?

"Oh, I'll call that one ($15,000), I'll call that 40,” Babin said. “There's no blueprint, there's no grid system to say, 'OK, this is how it works, let's plug it in.'"

So far for the Eagles, the only thing they know for sure when it comes to NFL fines is that whoever hits Michael Vick won’t have to worry about incurring one.

"That's crazy to me," Babin said. "If I get fined for that, we should have plenty thrown for Mike."

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Posted on: October 7, 2011 2:16 pm

Babin not pleased with his $15K fine

I agree with Jason Babin, the NFL fine system is garbage.  I don't like how there is no blueprint either.  It is random in my opinion, and defensive players do get high-low'd quite a bit with no fines given to offensive players.  This is going to ruin football.  I just watched a clip on ESPN about them discussing if Ndamakung Suh is a dirty player cause he wants to hit Jay Cutler?  Isn't that what he's supposed to do?  NFL is gonna turn into two hand touch sooner or later.  Garbage! 

Since: Jul 11, 2008
Posted on: October 7, 2011 1:01 pm

Babin not pleased with his $15K fine

And now I'd like every single Eagles fan who sounded off on the Steelers when they were complaining about this last season to eat a nice big steaming pile of their own words.  Welcome to the dark side my brothers.

Since: Aug 12, 2007
Posted on: October 7, 2011 11:45 am

Babin not pleased with his $15K fine

The rules just turn the fans and players into pussies.  Instead getting pissed when a player DOES get a BS penalty or fine, we now get pissed when a typically good football play DOES NOT get a penalty or fine.  There is nothing more sad than watching a FOOTBALL player BEG the ref for a flag when he gets hit too hard.  It is backwards, like the rest of our country.  Instead of doing the tough, gritty work ourselves, we want those who do the tough, gritty work to get penalized for it so we don't have to, and we still don't fall behind by being lazy and accomplishing less.  We drop our standards to appease the weakest, instead of raising our standards and helping the weakest come closer to meeting them.

Since: Apr 6, 2007
Posted on: October 7, 2011 11:37 am

Babin not pleased with his $15K fine

It's not real pleasant to read an article and have to wonder what the #%@^ the people are trying to communicate. 
Babin's quotes make sense if you take out the editorial additions.  Whoever editted this article did a really poor job.

As for the comments, he is right about the inconsistency of fines in terms of amount.  He may be playing up the inconsistency point on players though for the sake of standing up for a teammate. 

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