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Sanchez fined $5,000, apologizes to Vilma

After throwing an interception last week, Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez flew wildly at Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma’s knees despite the fact that Vilma wasn’t carrying the ball or particularly near the man who was.

The moment was inexplicable: either a total brain fart or one of the dirtiest plays you’ll ever see.

The NFL fined Sanchez $5,000 for the cheap shot, and Sanchez called Vilma to apologize about it.  He’s going with the brain fart explanation.

“I told [Vilma], ‘You know, I’m running down the field. I’m upset after the
pick.’ I said, ‘Hey dude, I didn’t know what I was doing.’ . . . I don’t want to be the guy on film that’s quitting on the play,” Sanchez explained. 

“At the
same time, I don’t want to take that guy on head up and then get in
trouble for putting myself in danger. So I just told him that I got to
be smart about that. And he said, ‘No problem at all. I understand. And
good luck.’ He was a great guy about it and a real class guy.”

If Sanchez had seriously injured Vilma, the play would have received a lot more attention. 
Luckily for both of them, the Saints’ leader on defense is just fine

And luckily for Saints fans, Eric Mangini traded Vilma away to New Orleans and only got a fourth-round pick in return.

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16 Responses to “Sanchez fined $5,000, apologizes to Vilma”
  1. Kidekk says: Oct 7, 2009 3:10 PM

    Eric Mangini: the gift that keeps on giving……away good players to other teams.

  2. DubL says: Oct 7, 2009 3:19 PM

    So when Sanchez attempts to take out a defender for no reason he gets fined but when Brett Favre does it everyone applauds his love of the game?

  3. BBrophy1 says: Oct 7, 2009 3:24 PM

    Dirty Sanchez! Come on, how can that joke not be in this post??

  4. Xenu_D_Alien says: Oct 7, 2009 3:26 PM

    Dirty Sanchez.

  5. florios_prostate says: Oct 7, 2009 3:28 PM

    he actually got a fourth round pick 2008 and a third round pick in 2009 and the Jets had to give up a fourth round pick in 2009.

  6. tv says: Oct 7, 2009 3:30 PM

    Vilma is a class act. Maybe that is something Sanchez can learn from him because even in Pop Warner that would have still been a classless move.

  7. sw_1203 says: Oct 7, 2009 3:32 PM

    Of course, Rosenthal leaves out that the reason the Jets only received a 4th round pick is because Vilma was coming off microfracture surgery on his knee. He was a bad fit for the 3-4 defense they were playing as it was, so they tried to get something for him before he left via free agency.

  8. DirtyNickels says: Oct 7, 2009 3:41 PM

    Favre was fined $10K for that hit vs. the Texans btw

  9. Borg30 says: Oct 7, 2009 3:44 PM

    I guess Mark should call Flozel and just learn how to trip people.

  10. DubL says: Oct 7, 2009 3:55 PM

    @DirtyNickels, I was thinking more about the hit on Patrick Willis…but yes Favre does have a track record

  11. Furious George says: Oct 7, 2009 4:28 PM

    this kid is a scumbag just like his coach and that whole organization.

  12. hayward giablommi says: Oct 7, 2009 4:47 PM

    Easy to apologize, call it a brain fart and shrug it off when you *didn’t* shred the other guys knee(s) and potentially end his season and/or career.
    I actually liked the guy when he played at USC, but its clear after being immersed in the sleazy culture created by Tannenbaum, Rex Ryan, et al for the last few months, that this guy is officially now a bleeding green Jester.

  13. DeluxeReverb says: Oct 7, 2009 5:19 PM

    looking forward to seeing sanchez take a cheap shot asap.

  14. TheWizard says: Oct 7, 2009 6:11 PM

    Just taking after Lord Farve, the greatest QB in the known universe with one Super Bowl win thirteen years ago.

  15. FumbleNuts says: Oct 8, 2009 2:19 AM

    Dirty New Yorker!

  16. Richm2256 says: Oct 8, 2009 7:22 PM

    Want to see some LB smack Sanchez upside the helmet and say “sorry dude, my bad. I didn’t know what I was doing”.
    F’in Jets thug rookie

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