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Antoine Winfield racks up $17,500 in fines from Monday night

Antoine Winfield, Lee Evans AP

Vikings cornerback Antoine Winfield will be making a significant contribution to charity this Christmas.  Unfortunately for him, it won’t be voluntary.

Jeremy Fowler of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports that Winfield was fined a total of $17,500 for two actions that violated league rules during Monday night’s 40-14 loss to the Bears.

For putting his helmet into the chin of Bears quarterback Jay Cutler, Winfield was fined $7,500.  The other $10,000 fine comes from a uniform violation involving the height of Winfield’s socks.

Winfield’s agent, Ashanti Webb, tells Fowler that Winfield plans to appeal the fine for the helmet hit on Cuter.  Though Winfield wasn’t flagged for the maneuver, and despite the fact that he immediately pulled up once he realized what he had done, he definitely put his helmet into the chin of Bears quarterback Jay Cutler.

If anything, Winfield should be glad the fine wasn’t higher than $7,500.  Lately, the default amount for hits to the head of quarterbacks has been $15,000.

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17 Responses to “Antoine Winfield racks up $17,500 in fines from Monday night”
  1. patsfan says: Dec 25, 2010 7:01 AM

    Clearly the guy is a menace, and needs to be kicked out of the league. There should be no tolerance for sock height violators.

  2. charleswoodson says: Dec 25, 2010 7:11 AM

    Kudos, Mike F.:

    BUT your fine evolution and acumen as an NBC reporter (congrats on the new inking!) needs a rest on a holiday.

    Like Winfield, you’re fined for even thinking about working today.

    Enjoy the holiday! Everyone here appreciates you and your passion.

    I hope you eventually replace Bob Costas when he retires or, better, maybe you could join C. Collinsworth in the booth so we hear you more than a mere one minute each Sunday after the game (!)

  3. peterson28 says: Dec 25, 2010 7:39 AM

    $10,000 for the height of socks. That’s weak Goodell.

  4. eastsidehunky says: Dec 25, 2010 7:42 AM

    Write the check Antoine….feel free to have the NFL designate it to Pharmacists For Life International. That way it will help save lives of preborn babies and defend the conscience rights of health care professionals to exercize their God-given rights of conscience and NOT kill their patients or counsel for the same.

    Merry Christmass, Antoine!

    Go Bucks!

  5. krow101 says: Dec 25, 2010 8:00 AM

    Good to see that Cutler is less valuable to the NFL than a pair of socks.

  6. natelan says: Dec 25, 2010 8:00 AM

    Both fines are stupid and the NFL executives should take mandatory concussion tests to justify their position on the chin-grazing fine.

  7. pfinnj says: Dec 25, 2010 8:20 AM

    Thanks Mike for posting so early on Christmas day. Merry Christmas to you and your family.

  8. whatever897 says: Dec 25, 2010 8:27 AM

    “If anything, Winfield should be glad the fine wasn’t higher than $7,500. Lately, the default amount for hits to the head of quarterbacks has been $15,000.”

    Unless your name is James Harrison, then it’s $50,000

  9. daytonaken says: Dec 25, 2010 9:10 AM

    At least he had socks on…Rex

  10. canadianvikingfaniii says: Dec 25, 2010 10:55 AM

    What a joke the NFL is. Sock height? Did they measure it? Idiotic rules like this makes me hope for a lockout.

  11. theytukrjobs says: Dec 25, 2010 11:10 AM

    The chin shot was so obviously unintentional as Winfield held up but it caught Cutler just right and cut him. But 10 g for sock height? That is pretty stupid.

  12. importantpftcomment says: Dec 25, 2010 11:38 AM

    Let me guess — In future games, they are going to require Winfield to grow at least 2 inches so that his helmet won’t go under anyone elses chin again.

    Bah Humbug

  13. ditkaditkaditka says: Dec 25, 2010 11:46 AM

    Yup, he should have been flagged and Cutler’s lone Int of the night should have been wiped out.

  14. ditkaditkaditka says: Dec 25, 2010 11:47 AM

    So, that’s what it feels like to be a Packer fan and blame the refs, I don’t like it.

  15. footballisfun says: Dec 25, 2010 12:32 PM

    The Vikings should give him a $17,500 bonus for being the only player on their team who seemed to give team about playing.

  16. FinFan68 says: Dec 25, 2010 3:01 PM

    They fine players for the height of their socks. OK, I can see having and enforcing standards, but the NFL almost mandates all that hot-pink crap in October. I’m not saying the cancer awareness thing is wrong, but it is excessive and looks far worse than socks that are 3″ too high or too short. The hypocricy that the NFL embraces is absolutely stunning.

  17. akpackfan says: Dec 26, 2010 5:16 AM

    $7500 for the hit, $10,000 for…sock height? So the league cares more about socks then the players?

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