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Charles Woodson punch equals $10k fine. Mike Lockley playing football equals $20k fine: Fan’s take
The NFL is reportedly expected to fine the Green Bay Packers' defensive back $10K for his punch to the midsection of New Orleans Saints' tight-end David Thomas(notes) in the third quarter of the Packers' 42-34 victory during the NFL Kickoff Game on September 8, 2011. Woodson had anticipated that he'd be fined, stating:
"Yeah, I threw a punch. Just got frustrated, the guy was holding me a little longer than I wanted. Nothing was said about it, referee-wise, quick enough, and I reacted. It is what it is, I guess."
Woodson is one of my favorite players. I'm also a huge Packer Backer. Despite this, I don't really care that Woodson was fined. That's largely because I doubt that he cares. $10K on a seven-digit salary? Or maybe it's eight digits. Regardless, he'll be hungrier than Latrell Sprewell after that blow below the belt from Commissioner Goodell. I guess it's the NFL's method for giving to charity without having to actually give as much of their own money.
Here's what I find humorous about this "Fine."
Woodson gets docked $10K and serves no ejection or suspension after he admits to intentionally punching someone. However, Mike Lockley of the Jacksonville Jaguars' practice squad was fined $20K after he tackled somebody with improper technique. Lockley must pay installments of $2,500 each week until his debt has been repaid.
Intentionally punching somebody equals a $10K fine for the veteran millionaire. Lockley gets docked twice as much when he's making $5,700 per week on the practice squad.
Let's consider Tampa Bay Buccaneers' linebacker Mason Foster(notes). He was fined $20K for his hit on New England Patriots' receiver Chad Ochocinco(notes) during the preseason. Ochocinco had no qualms with the tackle. In fact, he offered to pay any fines for the young linebacker. The NFL wasted no time in warning Ochocinco that he was prohibited from paying Foster's fine.
Am I missing something with the logic here? It's like those old MasterCard commercials.
James Harrison(notes) playing football? $75K. Mason Foster playing football? $20K. Practice Squad player playing football? $20K. Charles Woodson punching someone without reason? $10K. James Harrison talking about the league commissioner being set on fire?
Joshua Huffman grew up in Michigan's Upper Peninsula as a Green Bay Packers and Chicago Cubs enthusiast. His favorite Packer moments include Super Bowl XXXI, XLV, and Al Harris's(notes) interception return following Matt Hasselbeck's(notes) "We're gonna score" comments. As a Packers and Cubs fan, he suffered through Steve Bartman and "4th & 26" in a span of three months.
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