Dunta Robinson isn't a bad guy. In fact, he's probably a pretty good guy.
He has his own charity, aptly named, "The Dunta Robinson Foundation." The Foundation's missions statement reads: "To empower under privileged youth to make positive contributions through innovative approaches that develop the mind, body, and spirit."
Our under privileged youth need positive contributions. This is a good thing. Robinson is using his celebrity to improve the world around him.
But on the football field, the former Houston Texan and current Atlanta Falcon hasn't been nearly as selfless.
Last October 17th, in a game against the Philadelphia Eagles, Robinson tattooed DeSean Jackson with a helmet-to-helmet collision, leaving both players unconcious. If you're not familiar with the hit, you can watch it here.
Robinson was fined $50,000 for the hit on Jackson, but wasn't suspended.
After last night's hit on Jeremy Maclin, which was equally vicious, he deserves to be.
Update: Robinson has been fined $40k by the NFL, but not suspended.
As more and more information comes out about the damage that NFL players sustain to their brains over their careers, the league must continue to deter this kind of head hunting. If we care about football players as more than members of our fantasy teams or keys to hitting a weekend parlay, we, as fans, shouldn't let the league stand for these sorts of head-to-head hits.
Roger Goodell must make an example out of Dunta Robinson by suspending him for multiple games.
And, before you call me soft, let me say this: Ndamukong Suh's push of Jay Cutler from behind last season in no way deserved a fine. There are other examples like that, as well. The league must find a way to decipher between a huge collision and a dangerous, helmet-to-helmet hit.
If players like Robinson, a repeat offender, will continue to make plays like he did last night against Jeremy Maclin, suspensions must be doled out.
No better place to start than with Robinson, even if he is a good guy.