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Brian Hartline pays fine for failing to report accident

Once upon a time, Steve Martin suggested the following strategy for dealing with criminal charges of tax evasion.

“I forgot.”

Dolphins receiver Brian Hartline had avoided scrutiny for leaving the scene of an accident with similar logic, but using an approach that bears more similarities to one of Cheech and Chong’s catch phrases.

Dave’s not here, man.”

But Mike Berardino of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports that Hartline finally has owned up to the situation, paying a $115 fine for failure to report a crash

Coach Tony Sparano acknowledged that Hartline should have handled the situation differently, instead of dragging his feet for days.

“It’s disappointing only in the sense
that, from a communication standpoint, I wish we would have done a
little bit better job that way,” Sparano said, per Berardino.  “But other than that, that thing really
is [put] to bed.  He’s been issued a traffic citation, paid a fine and
the case is closed.”

It’s unknown whether the incident exposes Hartline to potential scrutiny under the Personal Conduct Policy.  Given that quarterback Ben Roethlisberger was suspended six games yet never paid a fine, Steelers fans will be crying out for a suspension in three . . . two . . . .

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34 Responses to “Brian Hartline pays fine for failing to report accident”
  1. odds75to1 says: Jul 30, 2010 3:08 PM

    hahahaha
    Florio – 1
    Steeler fans – 0

  2. Citizen Strange says: Jul 30, 2010 3:08 PM

    If a jock sniffing Barney Fife only hits you with a $115 fine for failure to report a crash then by all means YES it is better to go home and sober up first. Gotta love the cops.

  3. stuulman says: Jul 30, 2010 3:09 PM

    i’m sorry officer, i…..i didn’t know i couldn’t do that.

  4. realitypolice says: Jul 30, 2010 3:10 PM

    …………..and that’s how you get away with driving drunk.

  5. The Real Shuxion says: Jul 30, 2010 3:18 PM

    Given that quarterback Ben Roethlisberger was suspended six games yet never paid a fine, Steelers fans will be crying out for a suspension in three . . . two . . . .
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    I have no idea what you base that on.

  6. Mike says: Jul 30, 2010 3:21 PM

    one

  7. Slim Charles says: Jul 30, 2010 3:23 PM

    a lot cheaper than a dui. smart move running away

  8. IrishDawg42 says: Jul 30, 2010 3:25 PM

    Hmmm, I distinctly remember all the distinguished lawyers on here telling me how stupid I was by saying he will be responsible for this accident since he owned the vehicle.
    Why did you not give him a call and let him know all he has to do is ignore it and it will go away?

  9. KoaMisiFan says: Jul 30, 2010 3:26 PM

    How many players are getting away with bar fights but some people think they should punish him for an auto accident with no injuries? Wow.

  10. Maddog says: Jul 30, 2010 3:28 PM

    So I guess the moral of the story is, if you get drunk, smash your car, just leave. It’ll cost you about a hundred bucks. I’m sure it would work just like that for all of us.

  11. Outlaw Jersey Whales says: Jul 30, 2010 3:34 PM

    Hartline
    ————————————————–
    Isn’t that one of the things you have examined when you stop off at your friendly neighborhood Palm Reader?
    Before, of course, you move to the back of the building where the whorehouse is!

  12. texasPHINSfan says: Jul 30, 2010 3:34 PM

    Why would Hartline face suspension? We don’t know why he left the scene. It was a one-car crash, his own car, and he left it somewhere.
    We can speculate he was drinking all we want, but we have no proof. There is no legal case against him.
    I do not see the relation of this to the Roethlisberger case, where there was basis for a case and he had to settle. Apples to oranges.
    Do players get suspended for getting speeding tickets? Those cost more than this ticket does.

  13. 123456 says: Jul 30, 2010 3:35 PM

    Another douche bag dolfag in trouble with the law….you don’t say.

  14. Calir says: Jul 30, 2010 3:41 PM

    I thought Goodell dropped the Personal Conduct Policy since Vince Dung walked away without penalty and Vick also seemed to not use his “last chance” final chance.

  15. realitypolice says: Jul 30, 2010 3:42 PM

    IrishDawg42 says:
    July 30, 2010 3:25 PM
    Hmmm, I distinctly remember all the distinguished lawyers on here telling me how stupid I was by saying he will be responsible for this accident since he owned the vehicle.
    ===============
    I suppose I could waste my time describing the difference between being charged with leaving the scene of an accident- which is what Florio suggested in the article you are referring to, and being accused of not reporting an accident, but what’s the point?
    This little victory seems to have made your day, so I won’t ruin it for you.

  16. IrishDawg42 says: Jul 30, 2010 3:50 PM

    texasPHINSfan says: July 30, 2010 3:34 PM
    “Why would Hartline face suspension? We don’t know why he left the scene. It was a one-car crash, his own car, and he left it somewhere.”
    I highly doubt he would see any kind of action from the league or team on this…but for the record it was a two vehicle incident. His truck, driven by “someone”, went off the road and struck a Caddy that was parked…no one was injured presumably.

  17. Maddog says: Jul 30, 2010 3:51 PM

    texasPHINSfan says:
    July 30, 2010 3:34 PM
    Why would Hartline face suspension? We don’t know why he left the scene. It was a one-car crash, his own car, and he left it somewhere.
    We can speculate he was drinking all we want, but we have no proof. There is no legal case against him.
    I do not see the relation of this to the Roethlisberger case, where there was basis for a case and he had to settle. Apples to oranges.
    ———————————————–
    And you know for a fact that Roethlisberger settled? You would not be on here defending Hartline if he played for any other team.

  18. DanRooney says: Jul 30, 2010 3:53 PM

    odds75to1 says:
    July 30, 2010 3:08 PM
    hahahaha
    Florio – 1
    Steeler fans – 0
    —————————————–
    hahahaha
    Florio is a Steelers fan.
    Steelers fans – 1
    odds75to1 – 0

  19. DanRooney says: Jul 30, 2010 3:53 PM

    4-6 weeks sounds about right

  20. chadc4240 says: Jul 30, 2010 3:57 PM

    So Vince gets no suspension for beating up a guy for making a hand sign at him, no suspension for Ced Benson(repeat offender)….Vick gets nothing as convicted felon, Ben gets 6 games for getting a blow job…..sounds like Roger was the guy that blew his wad……seems fair though!

  21. KoaMisiFan says: Jul 30, 2010 3:58 PM

    Yeah, unlike the jests who only go to court for beating up little Erkle-like guys! Jests fans are hilarious. Hey Santonio, puff puff pass dude.

  22. funi says: Jul 30, 2010 4:11 PM

    He did nothing wrong.. 4 game suspension!

  23. -RoNiN- says: Jul 30, 2010 4:21 PM

    Uhm.. hello?! Why is NO ONE mentioning the following quote from a previous PFT article about the situation.. “Hartline’s vehicle collided with a parked 2002 Cadillac Escalade just east of I-95″.. so he gets off with only paying $115?! Can someone PLEASE explain this to me?! Florio?!

  24. dolfanSS says: Jul 30, 2010 4:30 PM

    Way to handle the situation Brian, good for you!

  25. KoaMisiFan says: Jul 30, 2010 4:36 PM

    @RoNiN
    I’m sure his insurance company will be paying big time for the Cadillac.
    What I can’t figure out is why is it legal to park your car on the side of an interstate? Any time I’ve seen a car parked there, a cop was parked behind them or they were changing a tire but I never heard anything about why the Caddy was parked there, just that it was “legally parked on the side of the road”.

  26. blackbirdroadkill says: Jul 30, 2010 4:46 PM

    Florio must be driving drunk, again.
    I could care less about Hartline and a suspension. Cedric Benson deserves one for punching out a bouncer. Ray Lewis most likely committed murder and got only a fine. Jamal Lewis gets busted for selling cocaine and gets four games. While I think that R’burger has some serious scumbag issues, I’d at least like to see equity.

  27. chadc4240 says: Jul 30, 2010 4:51 PM

    All these things arent going unnoticed by fans with season tickets that spend a lot of $$ every yr for the NFL….roger said at the packer forum today that his job is to makes sure all teams n players are treated equally….made me laugh! 6 games for being found guilty of nothing more than being a bonehead n putting yourself in that situation? Other players r putting themselves in repeat situations as well, so fair is fair…..he isnt comparing apples to apples as he says he is…. Too much power for 1 guy! Nfl should have 3 people as commish board.

  28. -RoNiN- says: Jul 30, 2010 5:10 PM

    @KoaMisiFan
    I bet you are right!! However, is $115 the fine for “leaving the scene of an accident with property damage”?

  29. Ripp says: Jul 30, 2010 5:30 PM

    I would like to know what Hartline’s situation has to do with Big Ben’s situation? Big Ben was accused of rape not once but twice while this is Harline’s 1st incident. To compare the two incidents is absolutely stupid. Its just another attempt old Mike is making to make a Dolphin player look bad and get more people to hate the Dolphins.

  30. igor79 says: Jul 30, 2010 6:53 PM

    The car on the side of the road was abandoned. He may or may not have crashed into it. The ticket he received was for failure to report an accident of a vehicle he owned not crashing it.

  31. chadc4240 says: Jul 30, 2010 6:59 PM

    To hate the dolphins would require all of us to care about the dolphins and there hasnt been much to care about for, um, 30 years? Comparing people accused of things and people that actually admit to things may also be stupid. We have courts and laws for a reason and again, you used the word “accused”. Paying a fine and aditting guilt is more than enough, under Rogers reasoning to administer a penalty. Perhaps I should have used Ray Lewis or Jamal Lewis as examples instead of your no name receiver!

  32. Big Tex says: Jul 30, 2010 7:27 PM

    The late, great Richard Pryor had a routine years ago called “JustUs” where he talked about going to prison for failing to pay taxes. When he told the judge that he forgot to pay his taxes, the judge’s response was “You’ll remember next year, won’t you (n-bomb).”

  33. BlitzDorsey says: Jul 30, 2010 11:57 PM

    No Florio, that’s just you. No one else was thinking Hartline would be suspended for something so minor. Rapistberger was way over the line — no matter that he didn’t get arrested — and Goodell knew it and that’s why Ben was suspended.

  34. Ripp says: Jul 31, 2010 4:08 AM

    chadc4240, oh so you are saying that Big Ben should be compared to Pacman Jones. Big Ben put himself repeatedly in a bad situation, just like Pacman Jones which is what got him suspended on more then on occasion. I feel like I have to break it down for you because you seem like you have no clue what you are talking about, if you did you would know Hartline is a up and coming WR. Get a clue dip shet.
    Oh yes and if you had no care abut the Dolphins why are you spending so much time commenting on them? Because you are a loser with no life?

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