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Seymour fined $30K; Pettigrew, Mayo punished

Posted on: December 9, 2011 6:16 pm
Edited on: December 10, 2011 1:43 am
 
PettigrewBy Josh Katzowitz

The NFL lesson of the week: don’t punch a fellow player or touch an official in anything other than a loving matter. Otherwise, the NFL is going to take a few bucks out of your wallet. This, of course, isn’t news, but considering Richard Seymour is a repeat offender, maybe this IS a lesson he needs to continue to learning.

Anyway, here’s a roundup of some of the biggest fines levied by the league this week.

Richard Seymour, $30,000: Seymour was tagged $25,000 last year when he struck Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger with an open hand, but the NFL has decided a second violation (when he gave Miami's Richie Incognito the business last Sunday) only was worth $5,000 more. As Rapid Reporter Eric Gillman points out, that’s three ejections in three seasons with the Raiders for Seymour, so, really, you have to applaud his consistency.

Jerod Mayo, $25,000: As Rapid Reporter Greg Bedard points out, Mayo was tagged for roughing Colts quarterback Dan Orlovsky and striking him in the head and neck area. This, even though Mayo wasn’t flagged during the game for the alleged penalty.

Brandon Pettigrew, $25,000: The NFL just HATES it when a player makes contact with an official, even if the contact was somewhat inadvertent and not necessarily intended for said official. But Pettigrew got caught bumping an official while going after Saints safety Roman Harper, and thus he gets a big fine, via Rapid Reporter John Kreger. Why he wasn’t kicked out of the game immediately, we don’t know.

Shaun Chapas, $20,000: You want to know why Chapas is having a bad day? Because, as ESPN Dallas writes, Chapas, a rookie Cowboys fullback, made a little more than $22,000 last Sunday, but since he blind-sided Cardinals linebacker Reggie Walker, the NFL wants to take most of that away. Also, Chapas wasn’t penalized on the play.

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Comments

Since: Feb 6, 2007
Posted on: December 10, 2011 11:04 am
 

Seymour fined $30K; Pettigrew, Mayo punished

How is the fine scale that a previous poster mentioned, stupid? And then you brought up the speeding ticket matter... And YES OF COURSE IT MAKES SENSE... even in the speeding ticket analogy... If I make  a million a year, and i get fined 100 bucks for speeding... I am not "learning" anything therefore If I'm in the same position speeding is very much an option... A LOT more so than it is for somebody who makes 20k a year... I don't see how that wouldn't make sense to you... However, speeding should be about safety and not money, but I guarantee you hit one of these pricks with a fine that their wallet does feel and they will be less likely to speed the next time around. 

So when you think about it... That player that lost 20k of his 22k salary, GUARANTEED it probably won't happen again, Where as someobody making 500k a game can play "his game" and not be worried if a fine comes his way where as somebody who just got fined his ENTIRE games wage is going to be afraid to TOUCH anybody let alone make an illegal hit the next time out... 



Since: Jul 13, 2010
Posted on: December 10, 2011 9:33 am
 

Seymour fined $30K; Pettigrew, Mayo punished

Green Bay's Woodson was not ejected nor suspended for punching a Saint player this year. Considering how the games are being officiated for GB this year (Driver's TD catch not called back for pushing off against the Giants, Finley's push off vs Detroit, numerous pass interferences not called vs Minnesota), it's no wonder. Watching GB this year is like watching professional wrestling.



Since: Apr 6, 2007
Posted on: December 10, 2011 12:52 am
 

Seymour fined $30K; Pettigrew, Mayo punished

Scaling fines based on what someone earns is stupid.  Should a speeding ticket for a person making $50k a year be $100 and then for $500k salary bu $1,000?  No.  They are the same infracation...same penalty.  

If you want to make a scaled penalty, suspend them without pay. 



Since: Dec 12, 2010
Posted on: December 9, 2011 11:45 pm
 

Seymour fined $30K; Pettigrew, Mayo punished

I dont think these guys really care.T hats why at the end of thier carrers thery have no money left!!!!



Since: May 11, 2007
Posted on: December 9, 2011 11:37 pm
 

Seymour fined $30K; Pettigrew, Mayo punished

"The NFL at least needs to scale their fines based on what a player makes. A 20,000 fine on a guy who makes 500,000 a game is a much lesser penalty than a 20,000 fine on a guy who makes 22,000/game...."


So, what your saying is, if two players, one making 1.5 million per year, another making 500,000 per year commit the same penalty, get charged DIFFERENT amounts??? That sounds like something obama would think up, thats just plain stupid...



Since: Mar 30, 2010
Posted on: December 9, 2011 10:38 pm
 

Up the Ante

I agree with thunderburns. If I were a player I'd be a lot more restrained if I got tagged for $100 or $200 K.



Since: Jul 10, 2008
Posted on: December 9, 2011 10:22 pm
 

Seymour fined $30K; Pettigrew, Mayo punished

The NFL at least needs to scale their fines based on what a player makes. A 20,000 fine on a guy who makes 500,000 a game is a much lesser penalty than a 20,000 fine on a guy who makes 22,000/game....



Since: Aug 17, 2011
Posted on: December 9, 2011 8:47 pm
 

Seymour fined $30K; Pettigrew, Mayo punished

"Richard Seymour, $30,000: Seymour was tagged $25,000 last year when he struck quarterback with an open hand, but the NFL has decided a second violation (when he gave Dallas’ the business last Sunday) only was worth $5,000 more. As Eric Gillman points out, that’s three ejections in three seasons with the for Seymour, so, really, you have to applaud his consistency."  Incognito plays for the Dolphins not Dallas.




Since: Oct 29, 2010
Posted on: December 9, 2011 8:00 pm
 

Seymour fined $30K; Pettigrew, Mayo punished

Maybe I was watching a different game, but when Pettigrew shoved the official it looked anything but inadvertant. I was suprised he wasn't ejected and even more suprised with this article that states that the NFL hates it when players make contact with an offficial since they didn't bounce him.



Since: Dec 1, 2007
Posted on: December 9, 2011 7:41 pm
 

Seymour fined $30K; Pettigrew, Mayo punished

It was totally bizarre when Seymour was drafted so high in the draft because he was mediocre at UGA. In fact, when I was a student there I used to see him at a Chinese buffet called Happy China all the time. He was thought of as being much less of a defensive force than Marcus Stroud on the D-line. I have followed his career and it showed that the Patriots scouts knew what they were doing when they drafted him. I am surprised that he threw a punch because he seemed to be a mellow guy.


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