How serious is the NFL about cracking down on helmet-to-helmet violence? Well, three fines were announced on Tuesday -- $75,000 to Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Harrison(notes) for his hit on Cleveland Browns receiver Mohammed Massaquoi, $50,000 to Atlanta Falcons cornerback Dunta Robinson(notes) for his hit on Philadelphia Eagles receiver DeSean Jackson(notes), and $50,000 to New England Patriots safety Brandon Meriweather(notes) for his hit on Baltimore Ravens tight end Todd Heap(notes).
By the way, if you hadn't seen the Meriweather and Robinson hits, you could have gone on NFL.com as late as Wednesday morning and bought them.
The Harrison-Massaquoi shot and the Meriweather-Heap hit are no longer available online. The Harrison hit was a 15 x 20-inch unframed print for $54.95, but you could have also gotten that size framed for $169.95, or a custom canvas gallery wrap for $249.95.
The NFL makes a certain number of photos available for sale, and it's obviously just an oversight, but it's a pretty glaring one in light of the league's recent stance against these kinds of incidents.
UPDATE: On Wednesday morning, ESPN's Chris Mortensen reported that the league was looking into removing the pictures for sale.
NFL said it takes responsibility for sale of Harrison/Meriwether photos. Outside vendor but photos are purchased from NFL official site.
On NFL Photo Store: We regret mistake. Those photos will be removed ASAP & we will ensure no photos of illegal plays are available again.
- Mohammed Massaquoi