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NFL fines Dunta Robinson $40K for Maclin hit

Posted on: September 19, 2011 6:03 pm
Edited on: September 20, 2011 10:01 am
 
Posted by Will Brinson

On Sunday night, Falcons cornerback Dunta Robinson repeated history by smashing Eagles wide receiver Jeremy Maclin with a helmet-to-helmet hit that reminded everyone of a similar shot he dropped on Eagles wideout DeSean Jackson in 2010.

Robinson was fined $40,000 by the NFL on Monday for violation of Rule 12, Section 2, Article 9 (a) (2) of the NFL's official playing rules (you probably know it as the "defenseless receiver rule").

"It is a foul if a player initiates unnecessary contact against a player who is in a defenseless posture," the rule reads.

He was also alerted by NFL VP of Football Operations Merton Hanks that any future violations of player safety rules would result in a suspension.

"Future offenses will result in an escalation of fines up to and including suspension," Hanks wrote to Robinson in a letter.  Roger Goodell was informed of the decision, and said "we felt this was the appropriate discipline."

The $40,000 is the minimum fine available to repeat offenders -- Robinson classifies, per the NFL, because of his hit on Jackson in 2010. At that time, Robinson was fined $50,000, but that fine was later reduced to $25,000.

"Robinson hit was violation because Maclin was defenseless by rule-had 'not had time to protect himself or has not clearly become a runner,'" NFL VP of Communications Greg Aiello tweeted Monday.

Our own Pete Prisco, who was on the scene for the Falcons-Eagles tilt -- notes that the "Falcons didn't feel it was cheap." Atlanta head coach Mike Smith said following Sunday night's game that he believed the hit was legal and "that's the way we teach it."
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"My opinion didn't change," Smith reiterated Monday.

If Robinson does appeal, his case will be heard by ex-NFL coaches Art Shell and Ted Cottrell and must be heard by the second Tuesday.

I wrote this morning that Robinson should be suspended by the NFL, and I still feel that way. He flagrantly went head-hunting on Maclin, and both players are lucky that the Eagles wideout didn't sustain a serious injury.

"Player safety is a priority and we will not relent on it," NFL VP of Football Operations Ray Anderson said over the summer. "Let me make it very clear, particularly in regard to repeat offenders, that egregious acts will be subject to suspension. We will not feel the need to hesitate in this regard."

Had the hit on Maclin resulted in the wideout being carted off the field (a la Austin Collie), would Robinson have been suspended? My guess -- which is, admittedly, a morbid hypothetical -- is that Robinson wouldn't be suiting up for the Falcons next game.

And that's a scary thought because it means the league remains reactive -- rather than proactive -- when it comes to player safety.

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: January 16, 2012 9:29 am
 

NFL fines Dunta Robinson $40K for Maclin hit



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Since: Nov 28, 2011
Posted on: November 28, 2011 5:56 pm
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Tomly
Since: Oct 21, 2011
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Since: Jul 14, 2008
Posted on: September 21, 2011 9:45 am
 

NFL fines Dunta Robinson $40K for Maclin hit

He was hearing the foot steps going a crossed the middle. It hit him in the arms and chest which means he didn't have his eye on the ball. He was looking for Dunta and the dreads.



Since: Feb 4, 2007
Posted on: September 20, 2011 9:40 pm
 

Macklin Drops Ball At Key MommentLater in theGame

Macklin goes on to drop a game continuing ball at the end of the game. Compliments of Dunta?



Since: Oct 17, 2009
Posted on: September 20, 2011 4:18 pm
 

NFL fines Dunta Robinson $40K for Maclin hit

Jack Tatum ruined Darryl Stingly's life with shots like that. I'm sure that wasn't his intention but that happens. Some you "tough guy heros" on this board, probably never knew what it was like to get hit like that unless you fell over a bar stool. Some of you probably never played any sports at all. But you sure like to talk tough on message boards. Grow up children.

I played 2 years of highschool football. In the 5th game of my 2nd year I was returning a kickoff and got blasted at around my own 30 yardline. It was helmet to helmet. I sat out for the rest of the 1st Quarter before returning to the game. It was a clean hit, and I have no problems with the guy who hit me. My team never got to the championship game that year but the team we played that day ended up going to the state championship.

It's hits like that that set the tone for the whole game. Stingley had no business being on the same field as Tatum. And it's because of players like Tatum, Lott, Atwater, Lewis, ect that the teams they were on won SBs.


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Since: Sep 18, 2011
Posted on: September 20, 2011 3:47 pm
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1977 yankees
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Since: May 25, 2011
Posted on: September 20, 2011 3:30 pm
 

NFL fines Dunta Robinson $40K for Maclin hit

IS THAT THE BEST YOU CAN COME UP WITH.
IM GUESSING YOU DROPPED OUT OF SCHOOL IN THE 6TH GRADE.

You never made the 6th grade you mental midget...the scores on your comments reflect your IQ...chewck out what the other posters think of your comments numnutz




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Since: Sep 18, 2011
Posted on: September 20, 2011 3:28 pm
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