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Cell phone alarm triggers four-figure fine for Browns player

Last year, Browns coach Eric Mangini’s habit of fining players became a major point of contention in Cleveland, possibly since it gave folks who were resisting change something tangible about which to complain.

This year, the fining continues.  Cornerback Joe Haden discloses on his Twitter page that a teammate received a sizable fine for what some would call a minor infraction.

These fines ain’t no joke!” Haden said.  “Somebody[‘s] phone alarm went off in the meeting and all Coach Mangini said was, [‘That will be] $1760!‘”

It remains to be seen whether Haden will be posting a tweet regarding the fine that’s imposed on him for talking about the fine that was imposed on his teammate.

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21 Responses to “Cell phone alarm triggers four-figure fine for Browns player”
  1. Corey says: Aug 9, 2010 10:24 PM

    “It remains to be seen whether Haden will be posting a tweet regarding the fine that’s imposed on him for talking about the fine that was imposed on his teammate”–so did he get fined or no?? kinda irresponsible reporting there florio. need to be more clear as to iff you’re being a smart ass or serious

  2. davidc45629 says: Aug 9, 2010 10:36 PM

    The fine should have been $3520, adding 1760 for bringing the phone into a meeting in the first place. they are at camp. their phones should be in their rooms and the meeting room is no different from the playing field. do they allow phones on the practice field?

  3. geeeeemen says: Aug 9, 2010 10:37 PM

    1760? how exact. maybe it would have only been 1500 if it had been on vibrate only

  4. Mr. Pottersquash says: Aug 9, 2010 10:39 PM

    no, haden was not fined. read boy read

  5. tryagain says: Aug 9, 2010 10:41 PM

    someone needs new batteries in their smart ass detector- it’s very obvious.

  6. LeBong James says: Aug 9, 2010 10:46 PM

    At least it wasn’t a DLineman’s pistol..

  7. PoliSciProf says: Aug 9, 2010 10:56 PM

    I am sorry, but where in this website did they announce the name change to Pro Football NEWS.com? Oh, they didn’t. Florio is not reporting, he’s gossiping. This is a gossip site about pro football. This just in: this is not a news site. Go to CNN for news. This is a chat about football website. Reach into the clue bag and pull one out. Soon.

  8. revconmusic says: Aug 9, 2010 11:04 PM

    Actually Corey, sounds like you’re the smart ass. I think it’s pretty obvious Florio was taking a jab at the Browns(Mangini) and the entire NFL about the ridiculous fines that go on all the time. Kinda irresponsible use of peoples time by posting that comment, huh?

  9. Larry David says: Aug 9, 2010 11:20 PM

    Mangini is still a moron I see.

  10. PhiladelphiaFreebie says: Aug 9, 2010 11:21 PM

    Hey Corey – We get it. Nitpick Florio’s writing. You sir, are the most original and hilarious individual to ever comment on this website.

  11. roofles says: Aug 9, 2010 11:30 PM

    “These fines ain’t no joke!”
    i read this as a double negative, so are the fines a joke? i love that athletes have caught on to twitter.

  12. roli1967 says: Aug 9, 2010 11:34 PM

    Who cares? These guys are making millions a year. It would be the same as if you fined me $5.

  13. Marv_Sleezy says: Aug 10, 2010 12:21 AM

    So it was a cell phone “alarm”?
    Thats not exactly a ringtone – Interesting, it makes me wonder what the “alarm” was meant to remind him of – Probably not to be late for the meeting – So was he early?

  14. FumbleNuts says: Aug 10, 2010 1:30 AM

    “These fines ain’t no joke!” Haden said. “Somebody[‘s] phone alarm went off in the meeting and all Coach Mangini said was, [‘That will be] $1760!'”
    Jake Delhomme abruptly woke up and yelled… 1760 blue 32 on 1.

  15. Wukong says: Aug 10, 2010 3:36 AM

    Who cares? These guys are making millions a year. It would be the same as if you fined me $5.
    —————
    The vast majority of players are stone broke within two decades of leaving the league. That’s not BS, do a search on it. The numbers are insanely high, Your big money players make up a small percentage of the total player base, and even though everyone is making good money, the fact remains that most of it will be squandered. And relatively quickly. The notion that almost two grand is “nothing” may be fine now, but it won’t seem as true when whoever it is is living on a pension and a couple hundred grand in debt.

  16. shawnc16 says: Aug 10, 2010 5:22 AM

    roli1967 says:
    August 9, 2010 11:34 PM
    Who cares? These guys are making millions a year. It would be the same as if you fined me $5.
    ————————–
    About 1/3 of the guys in camp never make the team, those guys aren’t making millions so those fines can hit those guys hard.
    Hopefully one of those guys on the bubble would have knew better than to put himself in that situation but you never know.

  17. FireJerryJones says: Aug 10, 2010 6:32 AM

    $50 million for 5 years. $12 million signing bonus paid up front. $23 million guaranteed.
    Joe Haden’s contract.
    $1,700 fine? That’s a joke.

  18. bbq says: Aug 10, 2010 7:12 AM

    Florio, there’s no need to use brackets in twitter messages telling us what the guys really meant. We get it. If it bothers you that bad, just put [sic] and we’ll figure it out.
    God damn.

  19. Burning River says: Aug 10, 2010 9:14 AM

    Mangini is dead-on right with these fines. Just like last year when Braylon Edwards was fined $1,700 for not paying for that bottle of water from the hotel.
    You don’t disrespect the team.
    You pay attention to the little things.
    You do things the RIGHT way.
    The only way to get the attention of someone is through their wallet. It’s the same thing that happens when you or I forget to put on a seatbelt.
    It’s expensive, but I’ll bet it works! And I doubt that it will happen again. Gotta use your heads…

  20. steelersmichele says: Aug 10, 2010 1:19 PM

    Wukong, it’s not my fault that these guys are broke after they’re done with football. I don’t feel sorry one bit for the guys who blow their money on cars and homes and fancy clothes and jewelry instead of making sound investments for their future. Neither should you.
    Even if they aren’t a “star” player, they are still getting paid for being in camp and for being a third string player. They are making more money that 99% of us responding on this site.
    And if you have a coach known for dolling out fines, don’t bring your phone into the meeting. Show up early, and make sure you have a pen and some paper. Duh!

  21. OLDCRACKER says: Aug 10, 2010 1:55 PM

    I agree with “BurningRiver.” It’s not the amount so much as it is in making a point. It’s instilling a sense of doing the right thing, especially in the case of BE and the bottled water.
    Because their God has blessed them with unique physical attributes, they grow up with a false sense of entitlement. It should be the job of their parents/guardians, teachers, coaches, ministers, police and other people of authority to teach them better, many are the cause of their distorted “me first” values.
    While I’m no fan of Mangini, I get the sense that he is just trying to lower the “me” factor to be more of a “we” factor. This is something “nice guys” like Romeo Crennel will never be able to do.
    Rules are rules…except when you stab someone, kill someone while DUI, shoot it out in a casino, or carry loaded weapons into airports.

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