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Camarillo fined for unnecessary roughness call

Dolphins receiver Greg Camarillo’s unnecessary roughness penalty in overtime against Tennessee just got even more costly.

Miami paid 15 yards for the penalty, and ultimately a chance to stop Tennessee from scoring in a crucial game. Now Camarillo will pay $5,000 for the infraction.

Mike Florio pointed out in Monday’s Morning Aftermath that the call against Camarillo was correct by the letter of the rule and clearly the league office agrees. 

An NFL spokesman told the South Florida Sentinel that Camarillo was fined because he “unnecessarily struck an opponent late.”  VP of NFL officiating Mike Pereira defended the decision in his weekly segment on NFL Network:

“I don’t see the intercepting player trying to get up and run. He
clearly gave himself up, and that’s the first part of the play,”
Pereira said. “There’s no attempt to get up. [Camarillo] comes up and
bangs him pretty good, even in slow motion. We’re out to protect
players, and when a player gives himself up we don’t feel that he has
to be hit.”

So even though Camarillo didn’t crush Titans safety Michael Griffin, his hit was defined as unnecessary.  And that made a fine necessary.

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18 Responses to “Camarillo fined for unnecessary roughness call”
  1. FinfanJim says: Dec 24, 2009 6:29 PM

    So I guess that means that the kick VandenBosch gave to Pat White in the helmet doesn’t deserve a fine because there was no flag? Players get fined all the time for calls a ref misses. For a call made that was over the top, a fine should be skipped, too.
    It was a ticky tack call and watching it in slow motion makes it look even more-so. Camarillo didn’t launch at the player, but ran quickly and was slowing down as he tagged him.

  2. the real deal says: Dec 24, 2009 6:30 PM

    this weiner reviewer is useless and always making cover up, that griffin was trying to get up…..screw him

  3. LewD says: Dec 24, 2009 6:31 PM

    a slap on the hand …. no way to change the result now … just pay, learn and move on … sometimes emotions get the best of our good intentions …

  4. jaxdolfan says: Dec 24, 2009 6:34 PM

    Dude slid to the ground but is not a QB. He was never touched as down and was getting up, still holding onto the ball and looking downfield. No one heard the whistle.
    Bad call. If it were Brady that threw that hit, it would have been 15 yards against the Titans due to an unknown, but decades old rule.

  5. hizzle1281 says: Dec 24, 2009 7:33 PM

    Karma’s a Bitch

  6. texasPHINSfan says: Dec 24, 2009 8:16 PM

    Bull.
    Camarillo didn’t leave his feet, didn’t lead with his head, and was running at full speed to get there while Tennesse players were telling their guy to get up. In the NFL you are not “down” by giving yourself up. If this is a legitimate penalty, then they need to change the rules to reflect that.
    Lastly, Finnegan’s plowing into Camarillo was much stronger than Camarillo’s shove of Griffin. If you’re going to call one personal foul, how can you not call the harder, retaliatory shove?
    At BEST it’s a ticky tack call, and it largely affected the outcome of the game. Just like Chris Johnson’s fumble that wasn’t allowed.

  7. texasPHINSfan says: Dec 24, 2009 8:20 PM

    Oh, and the fact he was *fined* is even more ridiculous. This league sucks

  8. Andrew says: Dec 24, 2009 10:29 PM

    This was a HORRIBLE call. First of all, it cost the Fins the game. The Titans gained 1 TOTAL YARD in OT and won after the 15 yard penalty.
    Can’t believe the NFL would go this far too…..way to poor salt on the wound……..
    I have NO respect left for Mike Pereira.

  9. Andrew says: Dec 24, 2009 10:31 PM

    @texasPHINSfan
    You are totally right about the Chris Johnson fumble. Someone lifted him in the air while JT ripped it out.

  10. FinFan says: Dec 24, 2009 11:25 PM

    Fins lost to the tennessee referees not titans! We got screwed all day kicks to helmets, silly holdings, fumbles that didnt exsist and unneccessary uneccessary penalties!!! Someone check bud adams bank account cause im sure the refs were high fiving vince young again!

  11. Ripp says: Dec 24, 2009 11:26 PM

    I read one article where Griffin was quoted saying that he was laying there waiting for the whistle and the whistle never came. He also said that his team mates were telling him to get up and that he was about get up and run. But the game is over so what you going to do about it? cry over spilled milk?

  12. wpkiessling says: Dec 24, 2009 11:37 PM

    I hope directv starts charging less for flag football next year or I’m gonna stop paying for this shit

  13. RexRyan'sStressedLapband says: Dec 25, 2009 12:03 AM

    The NFL wanted the Titans to win this game. PERIOD.
    Watch when they play the Chargers. It will be the same. Penalties out of nowhere. Mark my words.

  14. mattwa33186 says: Dec 25, 2009 2:10 AM

    The teams were playing by 2 different sets of rules all game.
    Soliai touches Johnson and they call defensive holding from 40 yards away. Wake and Starks were getting tackled all day, but no calls. (I have yet to see a play where Wake hasn’t been held, and I’ve never seen it called on the guy blocking him).
    When Ricky’s running the ball, the don’t blow the whistle until all 22 guys are on the pile. Johnson gets a forward progress whistle as soon as he gets wrapped up.
    And then this. As has been pointed out, a DB can’t give himself up. Someone has to touch him down. Camarillo says there was no whistle. I never heard one, either. Maybe there was, but the Titans had just gotten an interception in overtime and the fans were kind of excited about that.
    What he’s really being fined for is his and Crowder’s and Taylor’s comments about the officiating of that game, which was about the worst I’ve ever seen.

  15. divine says: Dec 25, 2009 11:55 AM

    If you pay attention, fines usually come nowadays as a result of a players comments about officiating. In other words, the NFL is penalizing the player for, first using his freedom to speak, but secondly for making a negative (whether true or not) statement about their bosses…thus giving them a bad rep.
    So it seems to me that Goodell is basically ordering his minions to fine any and all players that even insinuate or imply that “the NFL does not have good faith….”. Basically.

  16. texasPHINSfan says: Dec 25, 2009 2:18 PM

    I’m surprised VandenBosch wasn’t fined for kicking downed Dolphins players in the helmet after the play was over. Does Pereira live in Nashville too?

  17. Dilagable says: Dec 25, 2009 8:27 PM

    This is the most ridiculous POS I have ever heard. This ref must be best friends with Ed Hockly (sp?) Why is it getting harder to play a game of football and players are getting fined left and right but so easy for refs to make horrible calls with no reprocutions. I wouldn’t fault any player(s) / team(s) for a sit out or any other type of act of defiance against these ridiculous refs and the No Fun League!

  18. Dilagable says: Dec 25, 2009 8:33 PM

    This is the most ridiculous POS I have ever heard. This ref must be best friends with Ed Hockly (sp?) Why is it getting harder to play a game of football and players are getting fined left and right but so easy for refs to make horrible calls with no reprocutions. I wouldn’t fault any player(s) / team(s) for a sit out or any other type of act of defiance against these ridiculous refs and the No Fun League!

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