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NFL reduces fines for 'Big 3' concussion hits

Posted on: December 30, 2010 6:57 pm
Posted by Will Brinson

Way back in the middle of October, Brandon Meriweather, James Harrison and Dunta Robinson were all fined a lot of money because of big helmet-to-helmet hits that sparked a national debate about the safety of the NFL.

Those fines, according to Judy Battista of the New York Times, have all been reduced.

Harrison (originally fined $75,000, which nearly "forced" him into retirement) had his fine reduced from $75,000 to $50,000, Meriweather (the headbutt on Todd Heap) had his reduced from $50,000 to $40,000 and Dunta Robinson (who collided with DeSean Jackson) had his reduced from $50,000 to $25,000.

The NFL has since confirmed the reductions.

"We can confirm the outcome of those appeals," the NFL said in a statement. "The appeals officer, Ted Cottrell, reduced Robinson’s fine from $50,000 to $25,000 and Meriweather’s fine from $50,000 to $40,000. Following these decisions, Cottrell took the additional step of reviewing the appeal of James Harrison of the Pittsburgh Steelers. Harrison was fined $75,000 earlier this season for a similar flagrant hit. Cottrell consulted with Commissioner Goodell about reducing Harrison’s fine to $50,000 and the commissioner fully supported the decision."

Cottrell also said, according to the league's statement, that he reduced the fines because of an increased effort by the players to work within the confines of the rules and adjusting their techniques.

Additionally, those fine amounts just make more sense in the scheme of things, especially when you consider how knee-jerk the reaction from the league was to three big hits within a short time span at the time.

With the benefit of 20/20 hindsight, and no major incidents with any of the players during the rest of the regular season, a reduction in fines seems like a smart move.

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: January 12, 2012 6:44 am

NFL reduces fines for 'Big 3' concussion hits

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 9, 2011 11:58 pm

NFL reduces fines for 'Big 3' concussion hits

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Since: Sep 13, 2007
Posted on: December 31, 2010 1:19 pm

NFL reduces fines for 'Big 3' concussion hits

" I think there should be and should have been far more fines handed out this season for the same type of hit / hits"

I disagree on that point. I do think that the NFL should aggressively pursue the fighting and sucker punches. I think Seymour should have drawn a suspension for his palm strike of a quarterback after the whistle. Likewise, Andre Johnson and the Titan's DB should have been ejected for their fight. The Jets conditioning coach got an appropiate punishment. That's where the crackdown should be. As for the helmet to helmet hits and launching - that should be regulated with flags not fines.

As for the talk about eliminating helmets, wshile not very realistic,m I actually liked Joe Paterno's suggestion of gettiing rid of the face masks. Most players would naturally start initiating conbtact with their shoulders rather than their helmet if their face was at risk. Rugby is a full contact with pretty hard tackling (not hitting) since a player must try to wrap an opponent with his arms, spearing or hits to the head are illegal. They play without helmets and would be interested in any statistics they have on concussions.

Since: Nov 9, 2008
Posted on: December 31, 2010 12:56 pm

NFL reduces fines for 'Big 3' concussion hits

Wow.. people have gone off the deep end on this topic. I think there should be and should have been far more fines handed out this season for the same type of hit / hits in which James Harrison was fined. However... just like the death penalty SMU received... the NFL (specifically Roger Goodell... aka Mr. Green Jeans!) isn;t going to hand down another outrageously stiff fine like he did to Pittsburgh Steeler James Harrison. Which by the way I thought was a complete crock of dukie.

The NFL trying to reghultae hitting in football is like trying to tunr a pig into Miss America. Just my opinion.

Since: Dec 9, 2008
Posted on: December 31, 2010 12:38 pm

NFL reduces fines for 'Big 3' concussion hits

All the "maneuvering" being done by the NFL is really getting ridiculous. Most of the fines were irrational, as are most of these reductions. IMO, it's dishonest to go about your business in this manner. The NFL is making a mockery out of itself; Players, coaches, owners, officials, and league, they're all at fault. People are greedy, egotistical, act like fools, cheat, lie, and break laws...welcome to the American corporate culture. 

As far as no-one enjoying a 13-10 defensive battle, i would have to disagree. As a life long Bears fans, and i'm sure most Steeler fans and many NYG fans would feel the same way, watching my team on D is just as, if not more, exciting than offense. And those are 3 of the largest sports markets in the country.  If you want the game changed, fine, then lobby for a new sport...not to change the one already enjoyed and beloved by millions.

And to the almighty educated poster who alleges there is a threat to FF and online poker...Online poker was outlawed and FF was deemed legal in the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act as part of the Safe ports bill in 2006. 

Since: Sep 27, 2006
Posted on: December 31, 2010 10:52 am

NFL reduces fines for 'Big 3' concussion hits

Arrogance and ingnorance doesn't equal intelligence, only that you're perceived to be an ass. Where you live does not equate to being intelligent. Lighten up and stick to the facts. Your comments are best received when they are factual and passionate, not ciritcal of others. It is apparent others will never be as intelligent as you perceived yourself to be.

Since: Dec 2, 2007
Posted on: December 31, 2010 9:29 am

NFL reduces fines for 'Big 3' concussion hits

arinze, so do you really believe that office pools don't exist because they are not allowed?  So, there are no office pools at lawyers offices or in police stations?  Don't be naive...

I love how you justify retaliations of absolutes and baseless statements on your belief that anyone posting has "probably a much inferior education"...get over yourself.  You are not as smart as you think you are.  Your comments have proven that.

Since: Aug 22, 2007
Posted on: December 31, 2010 9:15 am

NFL reduces fines for 'Big 3' concussion hits

it's strange, because a bar I used to frequent stopped doing their traditional football squares in fear of getting pinched by the state.  Obviously depending on where you work, office pools might be acceptable.  However, if you work in a place that say for example has direct connections to law orientated business, they are going to know better than to do such thing and that reason simply is because it is known that these are not allowable.  Furthermore, whether or not you want my comments to be credible, I care not.  WHen someone calls me out, not knowing me, based off an accurate statement, one with probably a much inferior education, I will throw my jabs back.  Fair game.  IMO what cancels credibility is immediately attacking ones statement questioning someone's intelligence, rather than attempting to disprove it with a valid argument in return.  It shows the lack of intelligence on their behalf

Since: Dec 2, 2007
Posted on: December 31, 2010 9:10 am

NFL reduces fines for 'Big 3' concussion hits

arinze, you can gamble on anything (even a game of checkers).  Just because the government investigates a way to try and make money off of it does not mean that it is capable of being regulated (they might as well try and regulate office pools).  Also, the NFL has already tried to claim ownership of the stats and therefore have the rights and would be due payment for online usage...THEY LOST and dropped the claim.

BTW, making comments like "hillbilly states" and "unintelligent states" is just a sad reflection on yourself and simply removes any credibility of your statements.


Since: Sep 23, 2008
Posted on: December 31, 2010 9:07 am

NFL reduces fines for 'Big 3' concussion hits

Wow, lightin up cuz. Know what is truly important in this life. Peace !!!!

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