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Can someone explain the logic of this weeks NFL's fines?

Discussion in 'Sports Programming and Events' started by Fontano, Nov 13, 2009.

  1. Fontano

    Fontano Godfather

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    Okay, so I am reading the stories about the three fines dished out this week
    (Currently headlined on espn.com)

    Ochocinco - $20k for his $1 offer to the ref
    Jay Cutler - $20k for his verbal abuse/argument with a back judge
    Harris - $7.5k for punching a player in the head, that he had pinned to the ground.


    Now, Ochocinco's is probably higher then it should be because of his past actions and even though everyone knew it was a joke, the notion of bribing sports officials is just nothing to goof around with.

    Cutler's if I recall the highlights correctly was arguing some calls that were not being made and his feeling that he was getting hit late through out the game. I don't recall him making any contact with the back judge.

    Harris, we have all seen that replay many times he flat out full swing hit another player in the head and was ejected for it.

    Out of those three, which is the WORST offense to the game and the NFL?

    Cutler's isn't even close, as that goes on all game long from coaches and other players. It went on a little too much, and the officials called the penalty.

    Did ANYONE out there think Ochocinco was doing that $1 bribe seriously? Or just more air time for his ego?

    Harris was just out of control.

    It just doesn't make sense.
     
  2. DCSholtis

    DCSholtis Up The Irons!

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    Harris-Should have been fined AND suspended
    Ocho-Cinco-He was just goofing that said fine was justifiable.
    Cutler-ALWAYS does that with the refs. He needs to calm his act as he is becoming (or maybe now) known as a cry-baby and this will just attract more bad attention his way with the refs and he will get no close calls. I hate to say it because I dislike the guy but he needs to be more like Tom Brady who while he does complain, he does so in a more subtle way, IMO.
     
  3. davemayo

    davemayo Hall Of Fame

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    I was quite surprised that Harris was not suspended.
     
  4. hdtvfan0001

    hdtvfan0001 Well-Known Member

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    What IS consistent is that the NFL is putting up with alot less of the "stuff" that has been overlooked in the past.

    Clearly....the NFL is sending a loud and clear message that players will be held accountable for non-professional or dangerous behavior. That much is actually overdue IMHO.

    The Cutler fine is probably overkill....but since I can't stand his whiny behavior and temper tandtrums...no sympathy from me. :D

    Harris should have been suspended.
     
  5. Fontano

    Fontano Godfather

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    If they want to send messages, those fines need to get into the 6 digit range.
     
  6. hdtvfan0001

    hdtvfan0001 Well-Known Member

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    You are likely correct...but some of these same folks have received more than one already this year...so the $$$ does add up.

    Clearly this is chump change to most of these folks, but at least they know

    1) They are being "watched" more carefully than in the past
    2) They are being held more accountable for their actions
    3) Repeated infractions will likely cost them more $$$ or even potentially suspensions as well

    I think its a good thing overall - how they are executing things is perhaps more questionable.
     

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