Suh’s $20,000 Fine Is Proof That the NFL Has Officially Gone Soft

August 17, 2011 by

Detroit Lions defensive tackle, Ndamukong Suh and Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker, James Harrison may play for different teams, but they both have one thing in common—a mutual disdain for the NFL, specifically NFL commissioner, Roger Goodell

At the rate that Ndamukong Suh is going to get fined for hits in 2011, he might as well be considered an honorary Pittsburgh Steeler.

Suh, the 2010 NFL Defensive Rookie Of the Year, was fined $20,000 by the NFL for his hit on Cincinnati Bengals rookie quarterback, Andy Dalton during a pre-season game on Saturday.

The NFL, which recently implemented new rules for protecting players and championing better player safety has—in the eyes of many die-hard fans—officially gone soft.

The second-year All-Pro defensive tackle out of Nebraska was fined a total of $22,500 for hits on Bears quarterback, Jay Cutler and former Cleveland Browns quarterback, Jake Delhomme in 2010.

Many fans and players feel the NFL’s stance on player safety in such a fast and violent sport is blatantly hypocritical.

Harrison, who may be the most vocal opponent of both Goodell and the NFL’s so-called “Steelers Rule” famously admonished Goodell in the May issue of Men’s Journal.  Harrison was fined a total of $125,000 for hits on defenseless players, Harrison— ironically—is the reason for the NFL’s new focus on player safety.

While Suh is no Harrison, he made a valid point in questioning the NFL’s fine on Twitter, Suh may make $68 million dollars, but the fine offends—both players and fans— on principle alone.

The NFL grossed nine billion dollars in 2010, its own global brand promotes and sells violent hits in everything from Madden video-games to Pop Warner leagues around the country.

What the NFL did to both Suh and Harrison is not just unjust, but clearly shows that the league now favors protecting high-profile quarterbacks such as New England’s Tom Brady and Indianapolis’ Peyton Manning and wants to tilt the rules to favor high-scoring games over the exciting and awe-inspiring hard hits that it is known nor.

All the NFL needs to do now is add another “F” to their shield, for flag instead of football, as it has sold out its own hard-hitting soul for higher TV ratings and corporate dollars.

As Suh would point out on Twitter, the NFL did indeed pull off a big fail, as the NFL has truly failed its biggest investors, the fans themselves.


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    3 Responses to “Suh’s $20,000 Fine Is Proof That the NFL Has Officially Gone Soft”
    • barry harkington says:

      Suh rammed the quarterback into the ground well after the play had finished. It maybe wasn’t the worst thing in the world ,but by the letter of the rule, it was a violation. Gotta protect the players.

    • Robert Cobb says:

      Barry, thanks for commenting! I feel that the rules today protect the QB’s too much and handcuffs defensive players, we are just one rule away from becoming a glorified flag football league.

    • BMG says:

      I believe some of the defensive players bring it on themseves. Whereas I believe that a defensive player shoul be able to hit anyone anywhere – I don’t like it when the defensive players body slam and crush the offensive players – it appears they are intentionally trying to punich and hurt the offensive player. A good example of this is when a defensive tackle grabs a QB and rather than tackling and bringing the QB down they pile drive them into the ground causing rib injuries. I say let them hit as hard as they want – (we love the big hits) – just take out the driving players into the ground nonsense.

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