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fordfixer
10-20-2010, 03:58 AM
Did NFL make an example of the wrong player?
October 19th, 2010
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The Steelers locker room should be interesting Wednesday afternoon as it will be the first media access since the NFL hit James Harrison with a $75,000 fine.

Harrison has to be livid at the penalty. And you can bet his teammates will speak out in support of the outside linebacker since the Steelers contend that Harrison was merely doing his job on the hit that knocked Browns wide receivers Mohamed Massaquoi out of last Sunday’s game.

Consider what free safety Ryan Clark, a fearless hitter in his own right, said about Harrison after the Steelers beat the Browns, 28-10.

“He doesn’t lead with his head. He’s just a guy that hits with his shoulder but he’s explosive, uses his legs,” Clark said. “That’s what defense is about, being physical and running to the ball.”

I applaud the NFL’s attempt to reign in headhunters with hefty fines and the newly introduced threat of suspensions though a part of me wonders if commissioner Roger Goodell is becoming too much like big government in how he runs the league.

Clearly the NFL is making an example of Harrison, who has been fined twice this season for unnecessary roughness. Question is, are they making an example out of the right guy?

Patriots safety Brandon Merriweather only received a $50,000 fine for his bush league hit on Todd Heap last Sunday.

Merriweather clearly launched himself at Heap’s head with the intention of taking out the Ravens tight end.

That is the kind of play the NFL appears to be targeting in its crackdown on illegal helmet-to-helmet hits.

Harrison probably didn’t score any points with the league by saying he likes to hurt opposing players though not injure him. And NFL executive vice president of football operations Ray Anderson said Harrison received a bigger fine than Merriweather and Falcons cornerback Dunta Robinson, who was also docked $50,000, because he is a repeat offender.

Whether the punishment is fair or not -- and Harrison’s agent, Bill Parise, plans to appeal it -- is probably irrelevant at this point since the NFL is so resolute about ridding the game of helmet-to-helmet hits on players it deems defenseless.

“We are committed to safety at the highest level,” Anderson said Tuesday on ESPN’s “Mike & Mike” morning radio show. “We will take all of the criticism and the backlash against those who say that we are acting too aggressively in this regard. We are not going to be apologetic. We are going to protect our players and hopefully players at the lower levels as well.”

ALLD
10-20-2010, 02:45 PM
It is obvious Harrison was targeted because of his post-game comments and the fact that he is a Steeler. If he was a Pat or Colt he would have at most received $50k. The intergrity of the commissioner should be questioned.

Crash
10-20-2010, 02:47 PM
THree players fined, once again the STEELER gets made an example of.

Goodell is corrupt. It's about time people realize it.

Crash
10-20-2010, 02:57 PM
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steeler_fan_in_t.o.
10-20-2010, 03:20 PM
It is obvious Harrison was targeted because of his post-game comments and the fact that he is a Steeler. If he was a Pat or Colt he would have at most received $50k. The intergrity of the commissioner should be questioned.

What the NFL did here was take the spotlight off of the one malicious act and lump it together with a bunch of others to water it down.

There was only one suspendable play out of those that were fined - Meriweather's. Everything about that hit screamed cheap and malicious and there was obvious intent. That was a hit that cannot go unnoticed, but here it is. I also feel bad for Dunta Robinson whose hit was about as far from cheap as you can get and he himself was injured as well on the play. Yet his play gets lumped in with Harrison's $75K fine and Meriweather's vicious cheap shot.