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Haloti Ngata fined $15K for hit on Mark Sanchez

Posted on: October 7, 2011 7:30 pm
Edited on: October 7, 2011 10:45 pm
Ngata is now $15,000 lighter in the wallet after this hit on Sanchez Sunday night. (Getty Images/US PRESSWIRE)

Posted by Ryan Wilson

Ravens defensive tackle Haloti Ngata has been fined $15,000 by the NFL for his hit Sunday night on Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez, several outlets are reporting.

The play in question happened with 8:22 remaining in the second quarter and Baltimore leading New York, 20-7. Sanchez dropped back to pass and as he was about to throw the ball, Ngata blasted him from his blind side, causing a fumble that was scooped up by Ravens linebacker Jarret Johnson and returned for a touchdown.

Referee Mike Carey didn't throw a flag on the play but the NFL, after reviewing the tape, clearly feels differently. The league fined Ngata for roughing the passer. "Specifically, on a pass play, he lowered his head and struck the opposing quarterback,” AFC information manager Corry Rush told PFT.

"I thought Haloti actually hit him in the back with his helmet first, but that being said, he made a great play," Jets head coach Rex Ryan said.

You can judge for yourself below:

Earlier this week Ngata told Dan Patrick that "I love hitting Tom Brady because he always complains. He thinks he should never be touched," When asked if the officials listen to Brady and throw the flag, Ngata said, "No. My hits are usually clean."

Except this time, at least in the eyes of the league.

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Since: May 23, 2007
Posted on: October 8, 2011 6:42 am

Haloti Ngata fined $15K for hit on Mark Sanchez

Busted, now move on!

Since: Oct 17, 2010
Posted on: October 8, 2011 4:03 am

Haloti Ngata fined $15K for hit on Mark Sanchez

Good hit, bad call by the NFL.

Since: Nov 15, 2010
Posted on: October 8, 2011 1:36 am

Haloti Ngata fined $15K for hit on Mark Sanchez

It's all about the Money!! and not the measly, while most folks, especially today would NOT call $15K measly, most players on the league would laugh at a person picking up a dime on the street.... it all depends upon how necessary that dime is to one and $15K in the scope of things compared to a dime/penny isn't that much to the pros.  Even with Joe Namath and his shaving commercials.... not to mention panty hose gig... hehe..., had the NFL realized what a dollar sucking machine they had started.   In the 80's they began blacking out home games if a home field didn't sell out (I was furious the first time I watched "General Hospital" - not really but it might as well have been - versus a TB football game) did the NFL begin flexing their muscles.  Now, does the NFL really care if Sanchez, Peyton Manning, Brett Favre, etc. are hurt on the field??? Heck YEAH!!  They bring home big bucks, just look @ all the T-shirts, etc.  Only if the player isn't so pretty or popular (Big Ben or Vick), that the NFL doesn't get their cut out of advertisements.  Additionally, only if the NFL can be sued for such injuries.  Some plays are just mean and nasty and should be punished severely but NOT based upon endorsements or popularity, bench Polamalu and his hair commercials if he's vicious (lol.. so NOT!! By the way, I like Troy - good player).  God help my Andy Dalton if they're basing their bias upon hair commercials..... hehe... same could be said about Prince Wills  of England (I kind of think Dalton was his delayed twin).  National channels, available to all, do not carry all of the games.  The NFL saw to that by allowing cable, etc. to PAY them for the "NFL audience".  Flexing their muscles again.  And how many of the working class can take their kids to an NFL game at $300 per seat during these times?  It's all about the Money!!  The MONEY is what's really putting tutus on our players................. not the concern of the NFL for players' welfare!!!  Yep Sense..... time to get furious!!!!!

Since: Jan 1, 2007
Posted on: October 8, 2011 12:44 am

Haloti Ngata fined $15K for hit on Mark Sanchez

OK. I'll chime in. The NFL has a huge "investment" in QB's. They use them for marque advertising and sure as heck don't want to lose a single dollar if a Brady, Brees or whomever is "taken out' by a football hit. The underlying issue of all this seems to be, IMHO, a money grab and Goodell massaging his ego. As safety is one thing, fines are out of control. When the coach of the player "hit", says Ngata "made a great play", something is wrong with the NFL.

But let's be real. Only when the fan's outcry is loud enough and hits the NFL in the wallet, (like when everyone called it the NO FUN LEAGUE), then things will change. Well? I for one am furious with this freakin' lawyer Goodell. You?

Since: Sep 15, 2006
Posted on: October 7, 2011 11:25 pm

Haloti Ngata fined $15K for hit on Mark Sanchez

It is quite obvious the NFL doesn't want any contact to be made on QB's...obvious and known for a long time.  That being said, put them in ballerina dresses with flags to be ripped off to call him down.  This is a contact sport, I like most saw know ill intent(calm down Jets fans)...there will be contact, Goodell needs a clue.

Since: Aug 29, 2006
Posted on: October 7, 2011 10:43 pm

Haloti Ngata fined $15K for hit on Mark Sanchez

This fine is robbery in plainsight. NFL Commission are incredible thieves. They steal money from players in front of the whole world. No one does anything about it. They are almost as good as the IRS.

Since: Aug 29, 2006
Posted on: October 7, 2011 10:41 pm

Haloti Ngata fined $15K for hit on Mark Sanchez

Wow, that was a fine. Ngata should sue the NFL for harassment. The NFL blows.

Since: Nov 11, 2007
Posted on: October 7, 2011 10:12 pm

Haloti Ngata fined $15K for hit on Mark Sanchez

You've got to be kidding me.  Goodell is trying to turn the NFL into PowderPuff.  I understand trying to cut down on helmet to helmet hits and hits to defenseless players but, come on.  You can't lower the boom on a guy from the blind side?  Ngata beat one of the best in Ferguson and made a clean hit.  That's what the game is about.  If you don't want the QBs hit, better make it two hand touch then.

Since: Sep 12, 2007
Posted on: October 7, 2011 10:01 pm

Haloti Ngata fined $15K for hit on Mark Sanchez

What a freaking JOKE...some hits are questionable, but that's a form tackle on the blind side, helmet right in the numbers.  NFLPA need to grow a pair and start challenging fines like this!

Since: Aug 19, 2011
Posted on: October 7, 2011 9:34 pm

Haloti Ngata fined $15K for hit on Mark Sanchez

More evidence that Roger Goodell is bad for the game. He's a lawyer by trade, nuff said.

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