Dashon Goldson pays the price for illegal hit
With player safety becoming of paramount importance around the NFL over recent years the football world is no stranger to the fines and suspensions that come hand in hand with the clamp down on illegal hits.
That’s why no one could claim to be surprised when it was announced Monday morning that Buccaneers safety Dashon Goldson would be suspended for one game for flagrant and repeated violations of NFL safety rules prohibiting hits to the head and neck area of defenseless players.
Goldson was fined $30,000 for a helmet to helmet hit on New York Jets tight end Jeff Cumberland in week one then followed it up in week two with an illegal hit on Saints running back Darren Sproles. The second incident was the fifth time Goldson has been called for unnecessary roughness since 2011.
Tampa Bay appealed the suspension and the decision was made by ex NFL center Matt Birk who is now a hearing official, to overturn the suspension in favor of a $100,000 fine. This hefty fine equals the record given to an NFL player which was set only one week ago when Lions Ndamukong Suh was fined the same amount.
Now $100,000 might seem a lot of money to me and you, however Dashon Goldson has managed to profit from this deal. If he had missed one game through suspension he would have missed out on his game cheque of $264,705 according to the Tampa Bay times.
The new rules filtering into the NFL over previous years have been a rather touchy subject, with a lot of fans claiming that it is making the game less entertaining. However we cannot deny that it is in the interest of player safety, which is never a bad thing. What we can question is how they are dealing with the matter of repeated offenders. With the record fine being dished out not even equaling half a players game cheque, is it enough of a deterrence? Or should the league start making it commonplace that players will be suspended if video evidence proves that the hit was malicious?
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