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Roman Harper fined $15K for shot on Steve Smith

Posted on: October 13, 2011 10:34 am
Posted by Will Brinson

Last Sunday, Roman Harper of the Saints laid what I thought was one of the cheapest shots I've seen in a while on Panthers wide receiver. In a nutshell, Harper tackled a defenseless Smith in the end zone after Smith scored, because he was mad Smith walked into the end zone on a long touchdown.

For his actions, Harper was fined $15,000 by the NFL on Thursday. Which, frankly, seems a little low, especially considering how unapologetic Harper was.

"I just was like, 'You’re not going to walk and showboat in our end zone like that,'" Harper said. "I just lost it, and maybe I shouldn’t have hit him but I did. I’m not going to apologize for what I did."

Does Harper even realize the game was played in Carolina?

Whatever, the result of Harper's hit was Smith trying to figure out exactly what happened, then spinning the ball even harder than he usually does, and then a near fight between a bunch of players in the game. No one was ejected.

Presumably, Harper's being fined for a "late hit," which is actually only a $7,500 minimum for first-time violators. $15,000 is the amount players are fined for the second violation, but it seems more likely that the NFL cranked up the amount of his fine based on the flagrant nature of what he did.

And it still wasn't enough for the absolutely unnecessary cheap shot he got on Smith.

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Since: Aug 23, 2006
Posted on: October 13, 2011 12:44 pm

Roman Harper fined $15K for shot on Steve Smith

CAN'T believe all you whiners....Steve Smith showboated in a CONTACT sport, had a defender coming at him, guess what happens yoou get hit......he got hit on his side and shoulder pads, nothing head to head.....all was fine, cept for little ******** that take issue......and yes it hie football you protect 'your' endzone, doesnt matter what city it is in, idiot!!!!

Since: Apr 7, 2009
Posted on: October 13, 2011 11:17 am

Roman Harper fined $15K for shot on Steve Smith

stop fining these dudes so low for these unecessary penalties!  these guys make a ton of money.  50% of your salary should be the standard, then let's see how many players violate league policies!  boy their lucky i'm not the commisioner! Lol 

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