|The NFL continues to haphazardly mete out punishments to the confusion of everyone. (US PRESSWIRE)|
Posted by Ryan Wilson
The NFL continues its crackdown on the game's biggest scourge (or so it would seem given the vociferousness with which they're addressing the issue): fining players for, well, just about everything.
The latest victim: Vikings wide receiver Percy Harvin, who's now $7,500 lighter in the wallet for his sideline scuffle with Panthers cornerback Captain Munnerlyn last Sunday. You can watch the two players, in all their innocuousness, below:
We've seen worse behavior between middle-aged men pulling down seven figures.
Harvin was fined because he was assessed a personal foul after the incident. An NFL spokesman says Harvin's now out $7,500 because he grabbed Munnerlyn's facemask.
Uh huh. Because it has nothing to do with the league failing to understand the connection between punishment and deterrence (like, say, this). Instead their philosophy seems to be: fine first, ask questions later if we get around to it.
Munnerlyn wasn't flagged on the play and wasn't fined, either. This prompted Harvin to take to twitter and ask a perfectly legitimate question: "Can someone please explain how I get fined and the other player gets nothn..wow."
We eagerly await the league's mealy-mouthed response.
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