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NFL says Jags’ Lockley can pay $20,000 fine in weekly installments

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During the preseason, Jaguars linebacker Mike Lockley was fined $20,000 for an illegal hit. It could take him half the regular season to pay that off.

For players like Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh, who make a lot more than $20,000 a week, the NFL simply deducts the amount of the fine from the player’s weekly paycheck. Suh was also fined $20,000 during the preseason, and he’ll have $20,000 taken from his Week 1 check and be done with it.

But Lockley is nothing like Suh: Lockley is an undrafted rookie who didn’t make the Jaguars’ 53-man roster but did make the practice squad, which means his salary will be $5,700 a week. According to NFL spokesman Greg Aiello, the fine will be deducted from Lockley’s weekly paycheck in eight $2,500 installments.

Lockley still has the opportunity to appeal his fine and argue that it’s excessive because it represents more than 25 percent of his weekly pay, and so the fine may still be reduced. And it should be reduced: It’s ridiculous to fine a player more money for one preseason hit than he makes for three weeks of the regular season.

Suh, who has a $60 million contract, makes more than 100 times as much money per year as a practice squad player like Lockley. It’s dumb of the NFL to fine a guy who makes a practice-squad salary the same amount as a guy who makes a fortune. Lockley shouldn’t be fined so much that he needs to pay it off in an installment plan.

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  1. jredshoes says: Sep 6, 2011 6:24 PM

    Tiki is flabbergasted

  2. roddytorock84 says: Sep 6, 2011 6:24 PM

    Updated cap space???

  3. clavette says: Sep 6, 2011 6:25 PM

    this is wrong, fine the guy 1 weeks check and be done with it. if it happens again its a different story (if he plays again)

  4. canadianvikingfaniii says: Sep 6, 2011 6:25 PM

    The NFL needs a disciplinary board with some actual intelligence.

  5. dude317 says: Sep 6, 2011 6:25 PM

    They should say that fines are a percentage of the player’s salary. Would be more meaningful to say, “10% of your yearly pay,” rather than some dollar amount. Fans could relate much more easily as well.

  6. conseannery says: Sep 6, 2011 6:28 PM

    Payday loan!

  7. skoobyfl says: Sep 6, 2011 6:29 PM

    Cut him & save him the fine.

  8. eaglesfan290 says: Sep 6, 2011 6:30 PM

    That is just flat out BS!

    The guy is probably going to have to pay Tax on the Gross as well not the NET you can bet the Gov will screw him as well.

  9. nomoreseasontix says: Sep 6, 2011 6:31 PM

    Especially since the criteria for a finable hit seems pretty arbitrary.
    Goodell needs to go. There is absolutely no way the commissioner should be so constantly visible.

    Making himself the center of attention is no way to market the game.

  10. iflounder says: Sep 6, 2011 6:32 PM

    that ad with the female in the refs uniform disgusts me. it should be brady in zebra stripped short shorts.

  11. jakek2 says: Sep 6, 2011 6:36 PM

    There needs to be a committee to fine the disciplinary board

  12. antalicus says: Sep 6, 2011 6:37 PM

    This makes no sense at all. It is a bit unfair because what they are saying is the more you get paid the less it matters when you make an illegal hit.

  13. dbellina says: Sep 6, 2011 6:37 PM

    I really feel bad for him and all, but honestly, I wish I made $6000 a week.

  14. bender4700 says: Sep 6, 2011 6:37 PM

    That’s ridiculous.

    Cut the guy a break. Fine him 2K. Then that’s all.

    The 20K fine is because a good deal of players make large sums of money.

  15. favreforever says: Sep 6, 2011 6:37 PM

    “Hello, Mr. Lockley, this is Vlady from Squeezem & Screme Money Repatriation Service. Yeah, about that fine……..”.

  16. nomoreseasontix says: Sep 6, 2011 6:40 PM

    I like that ad.

  17. eaglesfan290 says: Sep 6, 2011 6:40 PM

    This guys will make 91,200 in base pay then have to fork over 25,536 in Federal Tax and who know how much in state tax plus union dues he will have to pay plus most likely 10% to his agent and a 20,000 fine!

    I’m sorry but the NFL should be ashamed of themselves!

    91,200 base
    25,536 federal taxes
    20,000 fine
    9,100 10% agent

    36,564 NET

  18. My Last Victim Escaped says: Sep 6, 2011 6:42 PM

    Damn NFL… now he can’t get that Rolls Royce Phantom. He has to settle for a regular car.

  19. terrellblowens says: Sep 6, 2011 6:42 PM

    The NFL has no sense of logic

  20. fin72 says: Sep 6, 2011 6:44 PM

    Goodell should be fined for being the worst Commissioner in League history!

  21. scoboscobs says: Sep 6, 2011 6:44 PM

    How will he possibly survive on $3200 a week?

    /sarcasm

  22. fin72 says: Sep 6, 2011 6:49 PM

    By the way… In time, when the NFL’s popularity falls just like baseball’s and basketball’s did you will be able to point directly to Goodell’s arrogance and stupidity as the reason why. Don’t try to change something that’s already perfect you moron! And here he goes again saying that these changes are what the fans want (just like the 18-game fiasco). What a putz.

  23. waitingguilty says: Sep 6, 2011 6:50 PM

    The fine was actually only $5k….But once Goodell Found out Lockley once missed a curfew in college, he upped it an additional $15k.

  24. holeinone09 says: Sep 6, 2011 6:51 PM

    This is another example of just how dumb the NFL fine “system” is. Makes no sense at all when a guy makes so little money. When will this nonsense stop?

  25. ddjesus says: Sep 6, 2011 6:51 PM

    Rudimentary math tells me Lockley makes about 250 grand a year from the practice squad. Suh is not making 25m a year, is he?

  26. zidanevalor says: Sep 6, 2011 7:01 PM

    Can some of us please stop with the “he’s only making $3200/week” argument? Assuming his yearly salary is $91,200, a $20K fine is 22% of his salary. Imagine if you made one spur-of-the-moment mistake at work, and as a result you were going to be docked over 2 1/2 months pay. I’m guessing you would be pretty pissed off about it.

  27. pdmjr says: Sep 6, 2011 7:03 PM

    The problem with Goodell is that he thinks everyone in America can afford $20K taken out of one pay check. Just because he make 8 mil a year or more he has no sense of reality, or anything else.

    He reminds me of the sheriff of Nottingham and we can use a Robin Hood right about now

  28. jaggedmark says: Sep 6, 2011 7:09 PM

    It always comes back to Suh

  29. youboettcha says: Sep 6, 2011 7:15 PM

    Rookies agents only get a maximum of 1% cut. Veteran’s agents get a max of 3%.

  30. cmr123 says: Sep 6, 2011 7:16 PM

    WHAT A JOKE……………..
    MAYBE THE NFL SHOULD GET REAL
    AND ACCEPT THE FACT THAT IT IS
    VIOLENT GAME PLAYED AS FAST AS
    THE PLAYERS CAN PLAY. IF YOU
    WANT TO DO SOMETHING

  31. cmr123 says: Sep 6, 2011 7:19 PM

    WHAT A JOKE THE WHOLE FINE THING IS.

    DONT YOU GET SICK OF HEARING THE PHRASE THAT HE IS GOING TO HEAR FROM THE COMMISS BECAUSE OF THAT HIT. I SAY FOR EVERY BS CALL IF YOU ARE AT THE GAME BOO FOR 10 MINUTES OF SO OR TURN YOUR BACK ON THE GAME FOR 10 MINUTES OF SO AND MAYBE THE NFL WILL PAY ATTENTION.
    NFL SHOULD BE CALLED SFL SISSY
    FOOTBALL LEAGUE

  32. coreyandthejets says: Sep 6, 2011 7:20 PM

    do they fine refs like this when they make a mistake?

  33. RaiderMight says: Sep 6, 2011 7:24 PM

    This is ridiculous. To this guy 20k is a lot bigger punishment than 20k for Suh. There shouldn’t be a 1 size fits all fine for things like this. The teams should be forced to pay part of them. They are the ones that push players to play harder.

  34. jacunn2000 says: Sep 6, 2011 7:24 PM

    Play harder. Make the team. Make more money. Pay fine. OR quit. Work in corporate world. Make money the old fashioned way.

  35. hosslaxx says: Sep 6, 2011 7:24 PM

    Goodell equals… DEVIL!!!

    This guy is single handedly making people hate him and the sport we all love, its a tough sport in which these guys signed contracts to play knowing they might get hit hard sometimes.

    GO PLAY IN TRAFFIC ROGER!!!!

  36. beargonephishing says: Sep 6, 2011 7:28 PM

    ddjesus says:
    Sep 6, 2011 6:51 PM
    Rudimentary math tells me Lockley makes about 250 grand a year from the practice squad. Suh is not making 25m a year, is he?

    Rudimentary logic tells me there are not 52 weeks in an NFL year.

  37. bender4700 says: Sep 6, 2011 7:29 PM

    scoboscobs says:
    Sep 6, 2011 6:44 PM
    How will he possibly survive on $3200 a week?

    /sarcasm

    Let’s cut your pay checks in half and see how happy you are.

  38. baegucb says: Sep 6, 2011 7:31 PM

    Why not have the fine divided by, say, the guys on the field? Or all teammates? Peer pressure might help stop the penalties and fines.

  39. bender4700 says: Sep 6, 2011 7:32 PM

    zidanevalor says:
    Sep 6, 2011 7:01 PM
    Can some of us please stop with the “he’s only making $3200/week” argument? Assuming his yearly salary is $91,200, a $20K fine is 22% of his salary. Imagine if you made one spur-of-the-moment mistake at work, and as a result you were going to be docked over 2 1/2 months pay. I’m guessing you would be pretty pissed off about it.

    100% agree

  40. sundaysundaysunday says: Sep 6, 2011 7:32 PM

    ddjesus says: Sep 6, 2011 6:51 PM

    Rudimentary math tells me Lockley makes about 250 grand a year from the practice squad. Suh is not making 25m a year, is he?

    ——————————————————–

    He doesn’t get paid 52 weeks a year! Try 17.

  41. habsman says: Sep 6, 2011 7:33 PM

    If you can’t pay the fine, don’t do the crime.

  42. keeponhating says: Sep 6, 2011 7:45 PM

    what is so funny about Goodell is he think that the majority of fans support him. we need to get some kind of petition going just to see. im pretty curious but my guess is 60% against, maybe 20% for, and 20% say who is roger goodell i just like the nfl cause i play FF

  43. Nikhil Balakumar says: Sep 6, 2011 7:47 PM

    dam 296 grand for practice sqaud

  44. pdales says: Sep 6, 2011 7:52 PM

    Didn’t a post appear on PFT within the last month and half reporting that a player could not be fined more than 25% of his weekly pay according to the new CBA? Almost positive it did.

  45. seabreezes51 says: Sep 6, 2011 7:58 PM

    Set the fines up on a percentage of contract basis. That’s the fair way.

  46. souldogdave says: Sep 6, 2011 8:05 PM

    Bad call , Goodell should be ashamed.

  47. killbuck0936 says: Sep 6, 2011 8:07 PM

    Lockley is wishing the hit was on ochocinco. The weirdest thing is if he has two more hits like that he is going to have to get a second job. Suh could make that hit 2999 more times before he would have to get a second job

  48. dudicle says: Sep 6, 2011 8:08 PM

    The fine system is broken. For big time players, the fines are too small. For little guys, the fines are too big. I like the idea of a percentage of your salary, adjusted based on the severity/frequency of your violations. This was bound to happen and it will be interested to see how it plays out.

  49. dudicle says: Sep 6, 2011 8:08 PM

    *interesting*

  50. steelersmichele says: Sep 6, 2011 8:34 PM

    It’s dumb of the NFL to fine a guy… so much that he needs to pay it off in an installment plan.

    Dumb to fine a guy for an illegal hit? Sorry, but if you can’t pay the fine, don’t do the crime–in this case an illegal hit.

    It’s interesting how when Harrison was getting fined, you guys blasted him. And when the Steelers were the ONLY team to vote against Goodell’s discipline policy, almost everyone called them dumb.

    Now look–some guy “pulls a Harrison” and all of a sudden you guys are mad he got fined a big chunk of money.

    You can’t have it both ways. I bet Lockley wishes his team voted AGAINST the discipline policy. All I know is no one on my team has gotten fined so far and I can’t say I feel sorry for players on other teams who do.

    Maybe he should learn how to hit “legally.” Isn’t that what you guys said about Harrison?

  51. balewsquare says: Sep 6, 2011 9:00 PM

    zidanevalor says:
    Sep 6, 2011 7:01 PM
    Can some of us please stop with the “he’s only making $3200/week” argument? Assuming his yearly salary is $91,200, a $20K fine is 22% of his salary. Imagine if you made one spur-of-the-moment mistake at work, and as a result you were going to be docked over 2 1/2 months pay. I’m guessing you would be pretty pissed off about it.
    ———————————————-
    This may be the most logical, well thought out comment I’ve ever seen on PFT.

  52. managod777 says: Sep 6, 2011 9:04 PM

    The owners love the fact that Goodell holds the players down like pieces of crap and does the dirty work they are not willing and man enough to do. I hate to say this, but if there’s no unforeseen fatal accident, stroke or heart attack he will be the commish as long as he wants to. The worst thing that happened to the player’s union was Gene Upshaw’s death and replaced him with DeMaurice Smith. Upshaw would never lock the players in for 10 years and have them exposed to Goodell like they are now. In the long run, most players become rich and they’ll accept that.

  53. realnflmaster says: Sep 6, 2011 9:10 PM

    So what you’re saying is he can pay it for 34 cents on the dollars?

  54. capslockkey says: Sep 6, 2011 9:11 PM

    This is utter BS. Fines should be in proportion of a players salary.

  55. kliplee says: Sep 6, 2011 9:16 PM

    the math you people are doing is unbelievably bad. you should be ashamed of yourselves.

  56. cleverbob says: Sep 6, 2011 9:21 PM

    I’m just enjoying reading all the posts from commenters that don’t understand how much practice squadders make.

  57. kraigk1 says: Sep 6, 2011 9:37 PM

    Yeah, they should scale is the super-easy answer.

    Because, you know, hits from guys with lesser salaries also scale down the extent of the injury.

  58. jsratx says: Sep 6, 2011 10:08 PM

    This is asinine

  59. stevebreastonplants says: Sep 6, 2011 10:48 PM

    The most ridiculous occurance of all of this, is that Suh, or any football player, or athlete for that matter, makes $60 million.

  60. bischof21 says: Sep 6, 2011 11:11 PM

    I actually agree but man Michael David Smith whines a lot.

  61. kwken says: Sep 7, 2011 2:57 AM

    @stevebreatonplants-I would rather watch an incredible talent like Suh make that amount of money, then the rappers, rockers, Maury Povich, Kobe, or movie stars.

    I do not think that it should even be limited to the salary. I think that it should be based on a suspension. Take the playing time away would hurt a competitive player much more than a meaningless check. Braylon Edwards had a huge bar tab (I’m thinking that it was $17,000+) the morning that Donte’ Stallworth had accidentally killed that guy running across the freeway. At a certain point, income means nothing. To paraphrase Chris Rock; he had once said “If Bill Gates had awaken and found out that he had Oprah Winfrey’s money, he would jump out the window and slash his throat on the way down”.

    NFL players are not kids but at times they do act like them. Taking telephone privileges away from a 5 year old means nothing but a 14 year means life or death. You have to find the button that gets the attention.

    Thanks for reading.
    Kenny

  62. robrocker1959 says: Sep 7, 2011 8:36 AM

    Seriously? I’m sorry but a fine is a fine. What, if you are making only 20k a year and you get a speeding ticket, does the court only charge you a percentage based on earnings? Oh, wait I forgot a millionaire, goes to the grocery store and pays 25k for a gallon of milk because he makes more than me. Folks wake up, life is not fair and it is what it is. The only time a percentage is realized is with the IRS and support payments for a divorce. Neither one applies to Mr. Lockley. He can always quit and get a real job.

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