This time, Dashon Goldson's one-game suspension will hold up.
The league announced Monday that Tampa Bay Buccaneers safety Dashon Goldson will serve a one-game suspension for his hit on Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Roddy White in Week 11. Goldson will miss next Sunday's game against the Detroit Lions, and it will cost him a single game check of $264,705 now that the suspension has held up.
Dashon Goldson suspension is upheld, out this week
— Jay Glazer (@JayGlazer) November 19, 2013
Goldson was suspended for one game earlier in the season for a hit on New Orleans Saints running back Darren Sproles in Week 2, but the suspension was overturned and reduced to a fine of $100,00. This is the third time this season Goldson has been penalized by the NFL for an illegal hit; he also was fined $30,000 for a hit to the head and neck area of a defenseless New York Jets player. Goldson vowed to play more carefully after the Sproles hit and fine.
Even if the hit on White was questionable — it was not — Goldson has no one to blame but himself. He has put himself in this situation by playing fast and loose with stringent NFL rules on player safety, earning a reputation in the league office in the process, and yet he appears to have no idea why the NFL has come after him.
Intimidation is a big part of Goldson's game, and he's trying to justify the massive contract the Bucs awarded him in the offseason. Instead, he's forging an iron-clad reputation as one of the league's most wanton headhunters — costing himself money and his team his talents this coming Sunday.
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