There is no issue people disagree with more than the way the NFL fines its players, including yours truly. Nothing is more arbitrary than the way the NFL whimsically makes its employees pay reparations, so I figured this would be a good place to analyze a few of the higher-profile fines that were handed out this week. They make little sense, and there is no pattern. The NFL player conduct policy is nothing more than frivolous protocol.
Charles Woodson, Green Bay Packers, $15,000
Woodson was fined this amount for “deliver(ing) a forearm to Manning’s head just after Manning delivered the pass”.
Let’s see what he did wrong: For starters, he touched a quarterback; more importantly, one of the “elite." An even bigger atrocity was that he touched the quarterback’s head, a temple rivaling that of a mother’s womb.
Woodson was fined $10,000 earlier this year for literally punching a player in the stomach, so you can understand how seriously the NFL takes intentional violence.
Trent Cole, Philadelphia Eagles, $7,500
He ended Seattle tackle Russel Okung’s season with a cheap shot that resembled a Russian drag. He earned a fine that is less than wearing the wrong color socks. Fan-freaking-tastic.
Brandon Pettigrew, Detroit Lions, $25,000
Pettigrew bumped into an official who was trying to separate Pettigrew and New Orleans safety Roman Harper. So let me understand: One accidental bump is the equivalent of a stomach punch and a forearm-to-the-head smash. Write that down, Brandon, so you can get more for your money next time.
Stefan Logan, Detroit Lions, $7,500
Logan got fined $7,500 because “he unnecessarily flipped the ball to an opponent.” Logan will be making $480,000 this season, so flipping the ball to an opponent will cost him two percent of his salary. That doesn’t sound like a lot, but HE FLIPPED THE BALL TO AN OPPONENT. My God, soon players will be fined for making improper eye contact. You know what’s corrupting the minds of the youth and making football worse? Apparently this.
Jerod Mayo, New England Patriots, $25,000
Mayo hit Dan Orlovsky in the holy head/neck area, so this fine was an obvious one. I can’t really complain about this, because it actually maybe shows the NFL cares about the bleeding brains of its players?
That’s it for the fines so far, but one has to believe that James Harrison will be fined $1,000,000 for hitting Colt McCoy in the helmet last night. And in all honesty, he probably deserves to be heavily fined.
Until next time.