A week after fining him $30,000 for a hit in week one, the NFL has fined Tampa Bay Buccaneers safety Dashon Goldson $100,000 for a helmet-to-helmet hit against Saints running back Darren Sproles, per ProFootballTalk. Conventional math indicates that Goldson has now been fined close to half of his weekly salary (his game check is approximately $264,705, according to PFT). Here’s video of the hit:
Goldson was levied the fine after appealing a one-game suspension that was issued earlier this week and comes on the heels on the NFL slapping Detroit Lions DT Ndamukong Suh $100,000 for an illegal block in week one.
While it’s understandable that the NFL wants to keep hits clean in an effort to limit injuries, a $100k fine for a hit that appeared to have accidental helmet contact is a bit much. Goldson does have a bit of a reputation as a violent hitter (remember he absolutely leveled Early Doucet with this hit last season?) but that’s part of the game. A $25 or $50k fine is understandable, but anything more is just overboard.
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