A List Of Things That The NFL Considers Worse Than Attempting To Injure Another Player
I hate to harp on this, but it's absolutely ridiculous that Dominic Raiola reportedly won't be suspended, fined or otherwise disciplined for punching an opponent in the head and diving for his knees in an attempt to injure him. This isn't a debatable analysis -- Raiola admitted to going after the Pats' Zach Moore in the closing seconds of Sunday's blowout loss.
The NFL may not care about the welfare of the players' significant others, but they pretend to worry a whole lot about protecting its products while they're on the field. Last month the league released a health and safety report that trumpeted its concussion research and new rules that reduced player risk. There isn't a single paragraph that deals with "players who attempt to blow out the knees of the guy across the line from them." Maybe that's the problem.
Meanwhile, here's a list of things the NFL has deemed worthy of a fine over the last few years:
-A $100,000 fine was assessed to Marshawn Lynch for ignoring requests to speak to the media.
-A $30,000 fine was assessed to Jimmy Graham for dunking the ball over the goal posts.
-A $12,000 fine was assessed to Geno Smith for cursing at a fan.
-A $11,025 fine was assessed to Mike Williams for wearing red socks.
-A $10,000 fine was assessed to Wes Welker for wearing an unauthorized hat.
-A $10,000 fine was assessed to Colin Kaepernick for wearing Beats headphones.
-A $5,512 fine was assessed to Terrell Suggs for wearing a gladiator helmet in pre-game warmups.
-A $5,512 fine was assessed to Colin Kaepernick for saying... something on the field.
-A $5,512 fine was assessed to Julian Edelman, Michael Crabtree and LeGarrette Blount for throwing the football into the stands.
The NFL is apparently still reviewing the chop block play, but the fact that this took more than about 12 seconds to assess as out of bounds is yet another sign that the NFL doesn't give a flying fuck about player safety. It cares about players falling in line and following the rules and not wearing things that it can't make money off of. Everything else is just window dressing.
UPDATE: The NFL ended up fining Raiola $10,000 (even though he claims he was not fined) for punching Moore, not for his attempted cut block. So, according to the NFL, dunking a football like a basketball is approximately three times worse that punching a guy. Cool.
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