Posted: October 21, 2010 by NattieLiz in New England Patriots, NFL, Twitter, Uncategorized

The news around the NFL this week is illegal hits and the LARGE fines players are receiving if they come in for the BOOM! on another player.  The games last Sunday really brought this issue to light. Over the weekend there were 3 HUGE hits: Meriweather, Robinson, and Harrison. Three different teams, three different fines, and three very different reactions. New England Safety, Brandon Meriweather was fined $50, 000 for his helmet to helmet hit against Ravens TE Todd Heap. Meriweather has since apologized and stated that he will “play with in the rules” from now on. Steelers Line Backer, James Harrison, was fined $75,000 for his helmet hit against Browns receiver, Mohamed Massaquoi. Harrison is known to be an emotional player and took of practice on Wednesday to cool off. Harrison was so upset that he even threatened to retire, but we all know, no one would ever back out of a 51.2 million dollar contract.

The NFL is going to start suspending even 1st time offenders for these “flagrant” and “devastating hits”.  The NFL VP of Football Operations, Ray Anderson said,”We can’t tolerate what we saw Sunday…We’re talking about life-alternating impacts”. It seems clear how the NFL feels about this, but what about the players? $50, 000 here and $75,000 there isn’t just petty cash, I don’t care who you are. But the other issue lies in the play itself. Sometimes these hits are not  intentional, So should a player be fined in that case as well? Our New Orleans Saints hottie, Reggie Bush expressed himself on Twitter about the issue, dealing with the fact that a head blow beats a body blow:

  1. Meg says:

    great article! really insightful seeing the Reggie Bush quotes in there!

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