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Weddle will appeal fine for Kevin Boss hit

Earlier this afternoon, MDS pointed out that Chargers safety Eric Weddle will be making a $7,500 donation to the Human Fund for his helmet-to-helmet hit on Giants tight end Kevin Boss.

But Weddle’s agent says that third-year player will be appealing the fine.

“Eric’s helmet did not contact Boss’ helmet initially and he actually let up on the play and contacted him shoulder-first,” agent David Canter told us via e-mail.  “[Weddle] never hit him with any intent to harm nor did he launch himself into Kevin.  We’ve appealed the fine and are hopeful after carefully reviewing the tape that the league will rescind the fine.”

But it likely won’t be easy to prevail.  Currently, all NFL-imposed player discipline is appealed to the league office.  And since the league office issued the discipline, the league office isn’t likely to overturn it. 

There’s a belief in some circles that the league has gone fine-happy this year in order to demonstrate the value of a decision by the owners to refer the appeals to an outside arbitrator as part of the next Collective Bargaining Agreement.  Such a move would give guys like Weddle more hope in the future.  For now though, it won’t help Weddle very much at all.

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9 Responses to “Weddle will appeal fine for Kevin Boss hit”
  1. Filbertkiwi71 says: Nov 14, 2009 4:23 PM

    Weddle is one of the few bright spots on the Charger defense. He knows how to make a tackle, and he doesn’t feel the need to strike a pose after making a play.
    Cromartie could learn a lot from Weddle, in terms of tackling ability.
    Keep an eye on Brandon Hughes, man can he hit.

  2. Zaggs says: Nov 14, 2009 4:24 PM

    What fine happy? Just because in the same game Kevin Dockery was fined for literally backing into the punt receiver (this is now referred to as “striking” by the league office). How much did he want to hurt the receiver if he had his entire back to the guy stupidly trying to down the punt?

  3. superduperboltman says: Nov 14, 2009 4:38 PM

    There was no helmet to helmet contact, Weddle just laid Boss out. He couldn’t have been defenseless because he had already caught the ball and was making a play. It was just a good hard hit.

  4. lezmaka says: Nov 14, 2009 4:41 PM

    Believe it or not, the league is capable of admitting it screwed up and rescind a fine when it is appealed.
    Colts CB Jacob Lacey was fined $10,000 for “excessive celebration.” He appealed, and according to the article below, they didn’t just reduce the fine, they threw it out completely.
    http://www.indystar.com/article/20091114/SPORTS03/911140350/1058/SPORTS03/Brown-likely-to-return

  5. Igottz5onit says: Nov 14, 2009 4:42 PM

    ratings system back bring

  6. superduperboltman says: Nov 14, 2009 4:45 PM

    http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-videos/09000d5d81415cbf/Week-9-moments
    on NFL’s video website you can see the hit clearly at the 23 second marker, and you can even see some ACTUAL helmet to helmet hits by Harrison and a few other guys who don’t get fined, who by Weddle’s fine standard, should be.

  7. boltmancraft says: Nov 14, 2009 6:21 PM

    It was a great hit. The fine is ridiculous. The Giants are just pissed because they lost.

  8. 34_Fan_4_Life says: Nov 14, 2009 10:10 PM

    He needs to change his name to James Harrison, then he won’t get those silly fines. . . .

  9. Resolution says: Nov 16, 2009 1:30 PM

    Fine was deserved. I* would not call the hit “dirty”, but it certainly wasn’t necessary. Weddle is a great player, he can make that tackle without the helmet on helmet contact.
    boltmancraft, I wouldn’t say the outcome of the game affected the fine, in fact the endgame was irrelevant. Try and view it rationally.

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