Browns' Shaun Rogers gets no suspension, big fine

Browns defensive tackle Shaun Rogers has avoided a suspension after getting busted with a gun at an airport.

Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that Rogers will not be not suspended, but he will be fined a significant amount.

According to Schefter, the fine will be about $300,000, although the exact amount isn’t known. Rogers is due $7 million this season, meaning he makes more than $400,000 a week, so a $300,000 fine is actually less than he’d lose for a one-game suspension.

In any event, Rogers is eligible to play Week One. Now the only question is whether he’ll be healthy enough to get on the field.

60 responses to “Browns' Shaun Rogers gets no suspension, big fine

  1. The tax inspectors should get a good laugh over the $300,000 deduction filed under Miscellanious: Stupidity.

  2. Wow. And this guy was ALMOST a Bengal. Think of the reaction people would have had if he was in stripes when he got busted…thank God.

  3. Goodell must be Polish ? Lets see all the black players that been arested for dwi . guns, fights ,drugs, and anyother law they broke don’t get a suspension but if your white and don’t get arrested you get a 6 game suspension . Someone need to get rid of Goodell dam let Crusty the Clown take over it couldn’t hurt

  4. Completely inconsistent punishment by GODell. A gun is something that can kill somebody, it could have gone off inadvertently (see Plaxico), and this guy was found guilty of having it at an airport against the law. He gets no game suspension, and his fine is less than one game pay. Meanwhile, Big Ben, who was not actually charged with anything after a lengthy and apparently thorough investigation, gets 4-6 games.
    It makes no sense at all to me, and seems completely inconsistent.

  5. Browns fan here, and I must say, the handling of this was a complete disaster by the NFL. It seems the NFL metes out punishment based on how much negative press the incident receives.
    Big ben got completely crapped on because people were outraged by his behavior, but Shaun Rogers packed heat at an airport and got a slap on the wrist. I don’t disagree with big ben receiving some sort of punishment, but when is the NFL going to develop a standard process for punishing offenders?
    If I’m not mistaken, Rogers has had some discipline in the past…

  6. robert ethen says:
    August 31, 2010 12:05 PM
    The tax inspectors should get a good laugh over the $300,000 deduction filed under Miscellanious: Stupidity.
    ———————-
    The always quotable robert ethen is on target. It was stupid. The fine is even kind of heavy for the offense, but he can afford it.

  7. Amazing. This guy is dumb enough to bring a weapon into an airport and gets sentenced to pay less than 1 game check.
    Ridiculous.

  8. Newguy says:
    August 31, 2010 11:59 AM
    Good thing for him he was busted. If he were only accused he could have gotten a 6 game suspension.
    _________________________________
    Except it was a first time offense.

  9. @TheBengal13 – I believe the Bengals actually need their players to show criminal references before they can be considered candidates for the team.
    I expect Rogers to be fully suited in stripes for the start of the 2011 season!

  10. “Wow. And this guy was ALMOST a Bengal. Think of the reaction people would have had if he was in stripes when he got busted…thank God.”
    @TheBengals13: Says the guy whose LB was busted for a DUI and not suspended. We should both be happy about this. If Ray Malalugaluialmnopqrstuvia didn’t get suspended for risking the lives of other drivers then I don’t think Rogers deserves to be suspended for risking the lives of his fellow passengers on a flight. Bottomline: Goodell needs a solid system in place. This case-by-case stuff is stupid. They both deserved a suspension. Yes, I’m a Browns fan saying the Browns player deserved a suspension.

  11. There should be no fine for a man exercising his Constitutional Rights under the 2nd Amendment.
    Rogers should appeal!!

  12. Raping chicks is way worse than “accidentally attempting to carry a weapon on a plane” in my book. He didn’t shoot anybody and “pull it out” on anyone.
    Big Rapistburger is the one pulling it out on unwanting young ladies

  13. Let’s not forget that Rogers was suspended for the use of a banned substance a few years back. I know in the kangaroo court that is the NFL, using illegal substances and breaking the law somehow fall under different areas, but it certainly seems worth mentioning in this instance.
    The problem the NFL is facing is a credibility crisis. I called into the Sirius NFL show a few months back to ask what they thought would be Rogers punishment, and they basically said “who knows?”
    When you commit the crime, you need to know what sort of punishment you will face for it to serve as any form of deterrent from that behavior. If you ask me, weapons charges should be a minimum 2 game suspension. Maybe even 4. What’s the difference between what Plexico did and what Rogers did? Rogers didn’t accidentally pull the trigger.

  14. Guess what? He also has a prior accusation of sexual assault!!
    Amazing. Nothing vs 6 games!!

  15. let’s not forget that shaun stopped a drunk driver after his incident. has rapistburger stopped any rapes lately? maybe that would work better in his favor.

  16. Rogers’ gun was in his bag.
    Now, maybe if he’d whipped it out and stuck somewhere it wasn’t wanted, maybe then he’d get a six game suspension.

  17. When I hear people making jokes about Bengals getting arrested, I want to jump through the computer and choke them. How can you possibly believe what you’re saying is funny or clever? Do you have any good Michael Jackson jokes? Better yet, don’t bother with those when OJ Simpson is still ripe for the picking.
    I don’t like the bengals, but holy cow, can you beat that dead horse any worse?

  18. @Holeinone09 says:
    August 31, 2010 12:17 PM
    Completely inconsistent punishment by GODell. A gun is something that can kill somebody, it could have gone off inadvertently (see Plaxico), and this guy was found guilty of having it at an airport against the law. He gets no game suspension, and his fine is less than one game pay. Meanwhile, Big Ben, who was not actually charged with anything after a lengthy and apparently thorough investigation, gets 4-6 games.
    It makes no sense at all to me, and seems completely inconsistent.
    =================================
    Go post elsewhere idiot. Rogers wasn’t trying to shove it into a 20 year old chick.

  19. “A gun is something that can kill somebody, it could have gone off inadvertently”
    There is no way to make a Kimber Series II fire inadvertently. You have click off the manual safety, firmly grip the gun to turn off the grip safety, and press the trigger. There is also a firing pin safety that prevents discharge from dropping the gun.

  20. As usual pepole don’t metion the fact that he also stopped a guy in Middleburg Heights, Ohio from killing someone. He saw a drunk driver on the road who could barely stay in his lane. He followed the guy after calling 911… Hardly the samething as assulting women… Not once but twice… Just because he wasn’t charged doesn’t mean he’s not a scumbag that got what he deserved… Hey Steeler fan… Do you have a daughter?????

  21. Okay… I will not make 1 personal comment in this post. I will only state facts:
    On October 18, 2006, Rogers was suspended four games for violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy.
    In June 2007, Rogers was accused of sexually assaulting a stripper.
    On April 1, 2010, Rogers was arrested at Cleveland Hopkins Airport for having a loaded gun in his carry on luggage.
    ==========================
    Rogers: One suspension for drugs. One accusation of rape. One arrest for weapons charge.
    ZERO suspension.
    Burn in hell Goodell.

  22. Shaun Rogers does not deserve a fine. He does not deserve to be punished at all. He was carrying a gun in order to stop terrorists from taking over his flight, and possibly hurting innocent Americans.
    Shaun Rogers is a true American Hero, and deserves a medal, and our thanks.
    Ben Roethlisberger is a terrorist of 20 year-old women. That only makes him a hero in western PA.
    Big difference.

  23. although i agree with the “personal conduct policy” in general, the punishments do seem totally random. Or worse, influenced by the quality and quantity of bad publicity. Even the on-field actions like Suh’s will get punished randomly. Noone can predict it.
    Not Goodells fault. Owners fault for not deciding on recommended standards like legislators do when they pass laws.

  24. @ LADawg20
    Oh I forgot about how crimes get erased with good deeds. Thanks for pointing that out.
    I could point out all of Ben’s charity work and what he done for police departments throughout the country, etc… I could point out how poor, starving, flood ravaged people in Pakistan are being saved as we speak by members of the Taliban.
    What would that prove? Does that erase the past in any way?
    Ignorance is bliss I guess. Good for you.

  25. I know you have gun advocates out there – but they tell you ahead of time you can’t board the plane with any weapons? Didn’t he check his bags before he left?

  26. @xskippzx lets see …..the is a big difference one went to court and was diverted.. the other wasnt even in the court . you proved yourself wrong.

  27. # homercles82 says: August 31, 2010 12:25 PM
    Newguy says:
    August 31, 2010 11:59 AM
    Good thing for him he was busted. If he were only accused he could have gotten a 6 game suspension.
    ____________________ _____________
    Except it was a first time offense.
    ———————————
    Right. And we’re still waiting for an offense in the 6 game QB suspension case…

  28. I’d be a lot more comfortable letting my daughter sit beside Shawn Rodgers in an airport with a licensed firearm in his bag then I would locked in a night club bathroom with Big Ben after he’s 9 Jaeger bombs deep…..
    Maybe that’s how Goodell decides who gets punished.

  29. Wow… listen to all these Steelers fans whine, cry and sob about the “disseparate” treatment.
    You’d think they’d be happy to just make a Cleveland and/or fecal joke and move along.

  30. The more “discipline” Goodell hands out, the more I’m convinced that Ben got suspended for 4 to 6 weeks because Art Rooney II demanded it … just so Coach Arians would be forced to run the ball more. 😉

  31. You can take a gun to an airport and possibly become a TERRORIST and no suspension, however, no chargers get you 6 games?? Oh wait Rogers is a minority so its alright.

  32. HAHA, nothing like the same Steeler fans that piss and moan when anyone visits their teams message boards with anything other than, “Sixburgh”, or, “terrible towel”, or, “here we go Steelers,” or whatever nonsense they happen to be stroking each others meaningless lives to, to turn around on a Browns board and act like Rodgers killed Kennedy.
    Let’s pretend, hypothetically, that Rodgers loaded that gun 5 minutes before he left, and intentionally put it, himself, into his luggage, with the express purpose of taking said luggage to the airport, with the express purpose of boarding a plane with it.
    With me?
    Ok, now, close your eyes in Time-to-Kill style. Forget team allegiences. Then weigh Rodgers actions against those of 6’5, 240 lbs man sexually forcing himself upon a 5’6, 120 lbs. woman who is wasted out of her mind, due in part, to the specific actions of the 6’5, 240 lbs man.
    Rodgers actions aren’t even close to as horrific. Not even in the hypothetic example that he “planned” the whole thing. This isn’t white or black. It’s not Steelers or Browns. It’s not even really Rodgers or Roethlisberger.
    It’s incident 1 vs. incident 2.
    Incident 2 is illegal, therefore punishable by the law, and the league.
    Incident 1 is such a disgusting, sad, and evil portrayal of what human beings are capable of.
    Incident 1 had a man callously, selfishly, and arrogantly rip the integrity, self-esteem, self-worth, self-perception, safety, and honor for about 19 seconds of, “wow, this feels pretty good.”
    If you think either it didn’t happen simply because he wasn’t charged, or that Incident 2 is even remotely comparable to Incident 1, you have your f*cking head in the sand, and futher dwindle my hope for the future direction of our society.

  33. njhitman everything isnt racial,but your right the black athlete needs to stay in the house and do his dope ,have his orgys ,pack his heat,do his dope like white people do in the burbs, goodell isnt a judge or a prosecutor he believes what he is doing is right and has the last word so until the punishments are written down and are the law GOODELL will make them up as he goes

  34. Ok, now, close your eyes in Time-to-Kill style.
    —————
    “Yes they deserved to die! And I hope they burn in hell!!”
    Also, Roethlisberger totally got jobbed.
    I mean, all he did was admit to sexual contact which he thought was consensual and the female involved did not (see also: rape). Then, it wasn’t until after extensive investigations, media coverage and behind-the-scenes lawyer meetings that the young female and her family did not want to puruse charges of sexual assault.
    Also, it helps the illusion if you forget that Roethlisberger was similarly charged with rape in Nevada a year prior.
    Or, if you bothered to read the report and saw that a woman in Midgeville had been to a party at Ben’s house where we proceeded to get drunk and expose himself to her… you should probably forget about that too.
    I’m not saying Goodell should have suspended him six games… but I understand.

  35. he shouldn’t get suspended,he carelessly left a gun in his bag and forgot….he looks stupid but was not a member of the Taliban looking to high jack the aircraft

  36. To all of you bitching and comparing this to what big ben did and was suspended for, think about it for a second. Shaun Rogers wasn’t planning on hijacking the plane or shooting someone in the airport. In Goodell’s opinion Rogers f’d up, but it’s not really a huge deal when you think about it. He had no intent to do something wrong with the gun, so he got a fine. Get over it.

  37. Threat to Homeland Security … $300,000 fine
    Serving alcohol to 19 year old bar skanks … 4 to 6 game suspension
    That sounds equitable. 😉

  38. @browntown
    This Steeler fan is “over” it.
    Ben was suspended for bad conduct, or, not conducting himself like a good little endorsement shill is supposed to. The NFL did not suspend him for rape or sexual assault . To do that, they would have to at least have charges filed or a guilty plea or a conviction, in which case he would be in prison. His known actions that night though, are tarnishing enough to warrant a suspension.
    Now, Shaun Rogers’ bad conduct also includes a sexual assault accusation, and similarly it looks like the woman in that case was after a quick payday as well. Or Rogers paid her to go away. Whatever. Tack on to that he has a prior 4 game suspension for substance violations. Now you have a documented multiple offender.
    The folks in here harping on this are justified in their questioning of the sentence, but I repeat…good for the Browns. Rodgers dodged the Roger. It’s now up to him to not make a fool out of the Roger for giving him a pass.

  39. I am pleasantly surprised to find that having a candid discussion of the inequities of punishments handed out by the NFL has spiraled into a putrid swill of rape jokes and low-brow insults.
    You can call the Browns-Steelers rivalry a lot of things, but above a 6th grade level is certainly not one of them.
    Quick side note, the one debate that comes up, the “insult Iron City Beer to inflame steelers fans” is no debate, Great Lakes Brewery absolutely demolishes any Pennsylvania beer. I do like Yuengling, however.

  40. The Franchise says:
    August 31, 2010 2:57 PM
    Ok, now, close your eyes in Time-to-Kill style.
    —————
    “Yes they deserved to die! And I hope they burn in hell!!”
    Also, Roethlisberger totally got jobbed.
    I mean, all he did was admit to sexual contact which he thought was consensual and the female involved did not (see also: rape). Then, it wasn’t until after extensive investigations, media coverage and behind-the-scenes lawyer meetings that the young female and her family did not want to puruse charges of sexual assault.
    Also, it helps the illusion if you forget that Roethlisberger was similarly charged with rape in Nevada a year prior.
    Or, if you bothered to read the report and saw that a woman in Midgeville had been to a party at Ben’s house where we proceeded to get drunk and expose himself to her… you should probably forget about that too.
    I’m not saying Goodell should have suspended him six games… but I understand.
    ______________
    no you really don’t understand anything….there was no charge in Nevada as it’s a civil suit NOT criminal…BIG DIFFERENCE…..also there was no “report” other than what Florio posted here on his blog…now please remove the propeller from your head!

  41. @ queenie
    You’re right. I have to apologize. I used too strong of language.
    Ben Roethlisberger wasn’t charged with rape in the Nevada case. He simply was invovled in a rape accusation in the Nevada case.
    You see, you can dress it up however you want, but the s**t still stinks.
    ————–
    I’m not defending Rogers. Just pointing out how asinine people are for whining about a “perceived” discrepancy between a guy who’s been repeatedly accused/around/involved with rape incidents and a fat lineman who forgot to take a firearm out of his carry on at the airport.

  42. I’m a Steeler fan and really do not believe Rogers deserved a multigsme suspension, but he shpuld have gotten something. If GODell’s gonna hand out 4-6 game suspensions when a criminal investigator finds no reason to even file charges how on Earth does GODell rationalize suspending anyone on a he said-she said claim ?
    GODell first stated Ben’s suspension was determined because a “pattern of behavior…”. Yet, he admitted that the Reno suit was more or less a sham. So youre suspending him because of a motorcycle accident and the very conflicting accounts of acdrunken party girl?
    GODell will prove to be the Jimmy Carter of NFL commissioners…the guy has no clue!
    Goodell is going to go down as the

  43. I’m a Steeler fan and really do not believe Rogers deserved a multigsme suspension, but he shpuld have gotten something. If GODell’s gonna hand out 4-6 game suspensions when a criminal investigator finds no reason to even file charges how on Earth does GODell rationalize suspending anyone on a he said-she said claim ?
    GODell first stated Ben’s suspension was determined because a “pattern of behavior…”. Yet, he admitted that the Reno suit was more or less a sham. So youre suspending him because of a motorcycle accident and the very conflicting accounts of acdrunken party girl?
    GODell will prove to be the Jimmy Carter of NFL commissioners…the guy has no clue!
    Goodell is going to go down as the

  44. well at least forgetting that you left your gun in the bag… isn’t as bad as forgetting you left your weewee in some chick who doesn’t want it there…

  45. Both, Rogers and Big Ben, are guilty of a crime. Rogers, should of recieved jail time. any one of us on here would of been charged and sentenced to jail. Big Ben should of recieved jail time. Its funny that the officer that the girl reported the rape to, RETIRED a few days after.
    Know ive been a police officer for 17 years. and an officer retired with a few years on. cant draw a pention. so how much money do you think he recieved in his mail box. to say what ever he said about the rape.
    know a woman being drunk does not mean she caint be raped. thats not an excuse.
    now for rogers. every one knows that rogers wasent going to shoot anyone or take over the plane. But anyone with a gun knows where it is at all times. so he knew that gun was in his bag, and if you beleave he didnt then your kidding yourself.
    the crimes that the pro athelet committs, should get the same punishment that the common person gets.
    im not going to stick up for any of them. every thing is given to them, and i dont see them doing anything for others. out of sight of cameras.
    both should be punished, and more then a fine.

  46. gun? rape? gun? rape? get over it people lets play some football. what is fair any more? if the nfl goes on strike next year none of this will mean a thing, we will all need to find a different hobby, what goes around comes around.

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