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Dunta Robinson fined $40,000

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Falcons cornerback Dunta Robinson will be fined $40,000 — but not suspended — for his hit on Eagles receiver Jeremy Maclin on Sunday night.

It’s the second year in a row that Robinson has had a heavy fine for a hit on an Eagles receiver; last year he got fined $50,000 for a hit in DeSean Jackson, although that fine was later reduced to $25,000 on appeal.

Former NFL cornerback Merton Hanks, who is now a V.P. of Football Operations for the league office, notified Robinson of the fine in a letter and warned him, “Future offenses will result in an escalation of fines up to and including suspension.”

The fine will be upsetting to Robinson, who claimed after the game that he had done nothing wrong. But Robinson should be thankful he wasn’t suspended. As a repeat offender, he may be on his last warning.

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  1. gcsuk says: Sep 19, 2011 5:41 PM

    Ridiculous. If they don’t suspend him for that, then they won’t suspend anyone. The guy just doesn’t learn.

  2. bwebster614 says: Sep 19, 2011 5:42 PM

    What a joke

    Maybe no suspension, but force him to pay at least 50K

  3. btwicey says: Sep 19, 2011 5:43 PM

    That’s bs. What does he have to do to get susp? Break a neck?

  4. secgreatness says: Sep 19, 2011 5:44 PM

    BOOOOOO, there was nothing wrong with the hit. I can’t wait till football returns, I hate watching “soccer.” Soon players will be taken dives for penalty yards

  5. rymexico says: Sep 19, 2011 5:44 PM

    Nice Hit, Ass clown. 2 years in a row with this guy, against the same team.

  6. herruberraschen says: Sep 19, 2011 5:45 PM

    Come on over to Pittsburgh and play for us. We will pay your fines.

  7. nepatriots128154 says: Sep 19, 2011 5:45 PM

    Hold on. So this guy is fined $40,000 for again launching his helmet like a missile into a defenseless player. Last time he was originally fined $50,000, so his fine has actually DECREASED for a second offense? And then that Jacksonville undrafted rookie gets fined $50,000 for a first time, preseason offense? Excuse me if I’m confused.

  8. nogoodell says: Sep 19, 2011 5:45 PM

    God the NFL talks a big game

  9. davekiid says: Sep 19, 2011 5:46 PM

    Good it was well deserved, I was kind of hoping for a suspension too but I guess this will do. Guy is a PUNK!!

  10. bluefan204 says: Sep 19, 2011 5:46 PM

    Should have been ejected. Guy is an obvious dirty scumbag of a player who has no care in the world for the safety of other players. Yeah, it’s a violent game, but a lot of this stuff is preventable. One bad cheap shot can ruin a life, or even end one.

  11. jaggedmark says: Sep 19, 2011 5:47 PM

    Update: “What is Robinson’s base salary this year?”

  12. canetic says: Sep 19, 2011 5:47 PM

    You can’t escape the long neck of the law, Dunta.

  13. masurix says: Sep 19, 2011 5:47 PM

    That hit was brutal and deliberate. Robinson knew exactly what he was doing. If the league is serious about serious about stopping that kind of thing, they need to stop nickel and diming these guys and start suspending them. I can’t believe Maclin was able to walk that off.

  14. favreforever says: Sep 19, 2011 5:47 PM

    The word “Dunta” means stupid and mean in the place of his birth.

    Athens, Georgia, USA.

  15. Stiller43 says: Sep 19, 2011 5:47 PM

    Last year’s hit was shoulder to shoulder…it was a crazy hard hit, but shoulder to shoulder none the less.

  16. chowface86 says: Sep 19, 2011 5:47 PM

    Not nearly enough. $500k would have been more acceptable.

  17. thephantomstranger says: Sep 19, 2011 5:48 PM

    Maybe the punishment should be that somebody gets to hit him exactly the way he hit Maclin. He should have no problem with that if he didn’t do anything wrong.

  18. medtxpack says: Sep 19, 2011 5:48 PM

    DESERVED!

  19. redguy12588 says: Sep 19, 2011 5:48 PM

    Based on the leagues arbitrary scale, shouldnt his fine have increased?

  20. joetoronto says: Sep 19, 2011 5:49 PM

    Whoopdifriggindoo, he should have been suspended.

    Does the NFL really think a $40,000 fine will deter these idiots from doing it again?

    They’re making millions.

  21. everybodyhitswoohoo says: Sep 19, 2011 5:49 PM

    Robinson hits Desean with a borderline hit, expressed actual remorse afterwards, (initially) gets fined $50,000.

    Robinson hits Maclin with a completely illegal and unnecessary hit, shows no remorse whatsoever afterwards, gets fined $40,000.

    Oh, NFL. You’re silly.

  22. scoboscobs says: Sep 19, 2011 5:50 PM

    Didn’t do anything wrong……yeah, ok. Anyone who watched that game saw him intentionally rocket his helmet into Maclin NFL Blitz style.

  23. screamingsheep69 says: Sep 19, 2011 5:54 PM

    Merton Hanks, really? Did he do the chicken head dance while he was handing out the fine?

  24. tylerncom says: Sep 19, 2011 5:56 PM

    Yea. This jackass should be fined and suspended. The team should be fined too since they are his employer and they teach him football dos and don’ts. To take advantage of your position and risk the health or life of a receiver or anyone is wrong. Yes its a rough sport, but he knows that is wrong. Thats evidenced by the high fives after the hit by teamates. Bunch of bull and I’m not even an eagles fan.

  25. jakek2 says: Sep 19, 2011 5:56 PM

    Reading these posts, it has become clear that bloggers on this site have no idea what football was like before 2000. Pansies you all!

  26. mcfluckey96 says: Sep 19, 2011 5:56 PM

    i thought i was watching the dirty steeler bums!

  27. nflofficeadmin says: Sep 19, 2011 5:57 PM

    A lot of people worried about Dunta’s money on this one..

  28. mojosmagic says: Sep 19, 2011 5:58 PM

    It’s always the same guys and they never think they did anything wrong. Go for the ball not the head and you might actually make a play.

  29. paulsdamnblog says: Sep 19, 2011 5:58 PM

    What the hell do you have to do to get punished by the NFL??? Wait I know it has to be some off the field issue right? Something that could make the league look bad to the outside, casual observer right?

  30. tgsgoddess says: Sep 19, 2011 5:59 PM

    He’s a dirty player with the obvious intention of taking a player who’s single-handedly torching the team out of the game. You don’t have to be a fan of either team to see that. The NFL really needs to start ejecting scumbags like Robinson, so they actually stop making hits like that. In a fair world, Robinson would cripple himself. What a piece of garbage.

  31. jakek2 says: Sep 19, 2011 6:00 PM

    In this league, you’re gonna get flagged for everything. If you’re gonna get flagged, you might as well make it count. Dunta’s counted and he did what d-backs are supposed to do…make the WR fear you so he thinks twice about the next one. Obviously it worked. Up until then, Maclin caught a million passes. After that hit, he took his eye off the ball and dropped an easy 4th down reception.

    I think the Falcons will take the result of Dunta’s hit every time!

  32. tatum064 says: Sep 19, 2011 6:02 PM

    Eagles wanted to send that secondary a message…unfortunately they lost, and Robinson lost in the pocket book, too.

  33. jakek2 says: Sep 19, 2011 6:03 PM

    You’re all drama queens! The hit was mostly all shoulder.

  34. thirdngoal says: Sep 19, 2011 6:04 PM

    Make him play with NO helmet, that might change his mind, IF he has one.

  35. cured76 says: Sep 19, 2011 6:04 PM

    I’m just curious how this second offense penalty is supposed to persuade players to stop leading with the helmet. They won’t listen until the start missing games.

  36. jamie54 says: Sep 19, 2011 6:05 PM

    ……and the union will appeal on his behalf and get it cut down. Should have suspended his butt at least two games then cut down to one upon appeal, that way he’d get one less game check. Lucky Maclin was up and looked fine after that but it was unneccessary.

  37. laeaglefan says: Sep 19, 2011 6:05 PM

    The problem with the NFL’s discipline and fines policy is that there is no consistency to it. It seems to be whatever pops into the head of the person who is determining the punishment. $40,000 means nothing to an NFL player like Robinson, who (while I don’t know his exact salary) is no doubt making well over $1 million per year. What they should do is suspend him without pay for 3 games or so. That would be much more appropriate punishment to fit that dirty hit on Maclin.

  38. aschles says: Sep 19, 2011 6:07 PM

    Look at the picture! No effort whatsoever to wrap up. I’d understand if Maclin ducked as he was being tackled but Robinson’s entire body is blatantly positioned in such a way that it’s pretty hard to debate that he wasn’t headhunting.

  39. ballzaldrin says: Sep 19, 2011 6:10 PM

    I’m loving all these commtents from butthurt Eagles fans. Trent Coles helmet to helmet on Matt Ryan was a clean shot though right?

  40. santolonius says: Sep 19, 2011 6:10 PM

    if robinson looks at the tape and thinks he did nothing wrong, i have to – objectively speaking – wonder if the man is very intelligent. he didn’t even put his arms out in an attempt to make it look like a tackle. he just used his helmet as a battering ram to try to cave in his oppenent’s head.

  41. pmars64 says: Sep 19, 2011 6:11 PM

    What goes around, comes around eventually. Somebody at sometime is going to get even with this guy. When he’s not looking like the Ravens dude who pummelled Ward last week. Or maybe somebody will launch into an Atlanta receiver like White or Jones and ruin their season.

  42. jimmytwotimes says: Sep 19, 2011 6:17 PM

    Hit was all shoulder and Maclin faked the injury like a punk !

  43. rarson says: Sep 19, 2011 6:18 PM

    They should have ejected him from the game.

  44. senti45 says: Sep 19, 2011 6:19 PM

    should have been suspended let them keep there money thats chump change. He also could have severely hurt him self leading with his head like that.

  45. december77 says: Sep 19, 2011 6:21 PM

    jakek2 says:Sep 19, 2011 6:00 PM

    In this league, you’re gonna get flagged for everything. If you’re gonna get flagged, you might as well make it count. Dunta’s counted and he did what d-backs are supposed to do…make the WR fear you so he thinks twice about the next one. Obviously it worked. Up until then, Maclin caught a million passes. After that hit, he took his eye off the ball and dropped an easy 4th down reception.

    I think the Falcons will take the result of Dunta’s hit every time!
    ================================

    I agree. If it’s only going to cost a few dollars, why not? If the Eagles resorted to dirty tactics too, and smashed Gonzalez’s head off, maybe they squeak out a win on the road.

  46. cliffordc05 says: Sep 19, 2011 6:22 PM

    This hit was not mostly all shoulder and he practically launched himself into the receiver. I have questioned some of the helmet to helmet fines in the past, but I thought Robinson’s hit was clearly illegal and unnecessary. He could have just as easily launched into the receiver’s chest and tried to knock the ball loose. No foul and possibly a fumble.

    His complete lack of remorse and aggressive attitude after the game indicates that this guy just does not understand the rules.

  47. ppdoc13 says: Sep 19, 2011 6:23 PM

    Not an eagle or falcon fan. That was a dirty hit. He launched with his helmet as the tip of missile. No effort to wrap up and tackle. Ge should be fined and suspended for a couple of games. If he does it again it should be a half season etc. That is the only way these dirty players will learn.

  48. tiffpats4eva says: Sep 19, 2011 6:24 PM

    If the NFL had an actual commissioner, this guy would be suspended a game.

  49. thefiesty1 says: Sep 19, 2011 6:24 PM

    Not enough, suspension is necessary to stop this head hunter.

  50. bmmayhew says: Sep 19, 2011 6:27 PM

    $40k for shoulder to helmet hit? Ive never heard Eagles fans sound like such wimps. If the play was reversed Philly fans would be whining ad naseum about how sissified the NFL has become.

  51. hauts81 says: Sep 19, 2011 6:27 PM

    and Kevin Williams is playing for free the next 2 weeks because he took a water pill. unreal.

  52. jucam1 says: Sep 19, 2011 6:27 PM

    If any of you clowns that support his efforts knew the impact of these hits on the human brain you wouldnt be supporting Robinson!… If you a-holes did the research you wouldnt be talking abt the league being soft… You think the older players would have played the same way if they had the research?… Wake up morons, these type of hits have to stop!.. Its easy for you to sit at hone and say “the NFL is so soft”… Yeah, your not a family member of a retired player who is 48 and no longer can recognize his family!.. You arent there to see the hurt and damage that it does to their family are you?… Clowns!

  53. hcf95688 says: Sep 19, 2011 6:28 PM

    Everyone secretly wishes THEIR DBs hit like that. I’m 100% sure that hit led directly to Maclin choking on 4th down – tough to catch the ball when you hear footsteps.

  54. cowboyfaninut says: Sep 19, 2011 6:29 PM

    The idea of a big hit is to intimidate and it looks like it may have worked he dropped the fourth down catch. The fine may be worth it and everyone is calling him dirty when cullen jenkins hit was questionable I dont think these players are dirty just overly aggressive

  55. jakek2 says: Sep 19, 2011 6:30 PM

    If the Eagles didn’t want Maclin to get hurt, they could always stay away from Robinson, no? Then it wouldn’t be an issue.

  56. gregmas1970 says: Sep 19, 2011 6:30 PM

    Honestly I think he was trying to go in with his shoulder, but failed miserably. Doesn’t change the fact he lead with the top of his head, and launched himself at the receiver and made no attempt use his arms…and man, look at the way Dunta’s head is positioned in that picture. One of these days he’s gonna ram that thing into something that doesn’t give and end up paralyzed. Someone better teach this kid some control before he kills somebody…or himself.

  57. mike913 says: Sep 19, 2011 6:31 PM

    where can i buy a dunta robinson jersey?

  58. gallaghedj311 says: Sep 19, 2011 6:35 PM

    I think u meant former safety Merton Hanks. At least he played safety the year steve young won the super bowl? Yea 1994. Tecmo super bowl III for super nintendo. Best. Football. Game. Ever.

  59. bigslizzle4twizzle says: Sep 19, 2011 6:36 PM

    I love how eagles fans are crying about it being a dirty hit! Didnt Eagles fans cheer when Irvin got injured and Boo Santa Claus???? For being some of the most ruthless fans in all of sports you definitley are whinning about this like a bunch of wimps. Its football guys!!! If Samuel Hit little Harry Douglas like that they would have been cheering and celebrating the hit. Maybe its such a BIG DEAL TO THEM because they LOST THE GAME!!!! He got a huge contract not to long ago so the money wont be a problem. Hope he does it again next time they play. Eagles fans are cry babies. You guys should wear pink Vick jerseys.

  60. chc4 says: Sep 19, 2011 6:36 PM

    I’m just glad Dunta wasn’t hurt.

  61. Deb says: Sep 19, 2011 6:37 PM

    herruberraschen says:

    Come on over to Pittsburgh and play for us. We will pay your fines.
    ————————————————
    You want to show us some footage of a Steeler putting a head shot like that on someone once, let alone twice? Jerk.

  62. Deb says: Sep 19, 2011 6:39 PM

    So that hit draws a $50,000 fine last season, and the repeat draws $40,000? Will this fine be reduced, too? Fines don’t work. And Goodell just pulls these amounts out of thin air.

  63. trollaikman8 says: Sep 19, 2011 6:40 PM

    I blame DeSean “sting they ass”Jackson for not warning Maclin about Robinson’s big hits. Oh that’s right, he doesn’t remember.

  64. whatsitlikehere says: Sep 19, 2011 6:41 PM

    @ jakek2 says:
    Reading these posts, it has become clear that bloggers on this site have no idea what football was like before 2000. Pansies you all!

    Either does half the players that played thats why they have these rules.

  65. fringetastic says: Sep 19, 2011 6:44 PM

    That fine is BS because it is too low. It is a repeat offense and it is LOWER than last year’s (initial) fine.

  66. jakek2 says: Sep 19, 2011 6:44 PM

    Its physically impossible to lead with your shoulder without dipping your head.

  67. madisonave99 says: Sep 19, 2011 6:46 PM

    I’m not an Eagles or Falcons fan–that was not a dirty hit. it was a hard hit to try and force an incompletion, but that doesn’t make it a dirty one. the hit was mostly shoulder. Because there’s helmet-to-helmet.contact doesn’t automatically make it dirty.There’s gonna be a level of incidental h2h contact on almost EVERY hit. The ridiculous fines by Sherriff Goddell are nonsensical. Merriweather’s hit on Heap last year was a dirty hit. This, just like Dunta’s hit last year was big and hard, but not dirty.

  68. chc4 says: Sep 19, 2011 6:53 PM

    The Eagles lose so Philly fans need something to deflect blame. Vick is careless, his OL stinks and the D does too. Dunta Robinson has nothing to do with that. Get over it.

  69. bigslizzle4twizzle says: Sep 19, 2011 6:55 PM

    Chris Collinsworth made the hit seem like it was the dirtiest play in sports history. I dont think it was intentional. Its in the 2nd half of the most emotional game in a long time and you are supposed to let up? Was he supposed to stand there and let him catch the ball first and then take him down nicely by the waist so no one gets hurt??? Its football! Thats why they wear protective equipment!

  70. larryfinfan says: Sep 19, 2011 7:02 PM

    Roger Goodell, if you want to change the culture of these types of hits being ‘acceptable’, then you need to start suspending these guys as well as ejecting them from the game after this kind of hit. Make the team suffer, not just the player involved, then coaches will teach differently.

    This particular kid doesn’t understand that his play is not acceptable, it’s obvious. He said right after the game that the hit was “completely legal”. Well, if that the case, why the flag and why the fine…

    The ball is in your court, Mr. Goodell…

  71. wetpaperbag2 says: Sep 19, 2011 7:03 PM

    The problem here is that there is no EXACT payment scale for these infractions. The league only has MINIMUM fine amounts. There is no apparatus in place to designate just how much a fine will be levied. One player can get a $50,000 for this type of hit, then the next week a different player will get fined $20,000 for a more severe hit. It’s all subject to Goodell’s mood that day I guess.

    Add in the fact that you have a commissioner who won’t allow an independent party handle appeals; appeals are sent BACK to his office. Roger Goodell: Judge, jury, and executioner!

  72. Deb says: Sep 19, 2011 7:05 PM

    bigslizzle4twizzle says:

    Was he supposed to stand there and let him catch the ball first and then take him down nicely by the waist so no one gets hurt???
    ————————————————-
    He was supposed to tackle him with enough force to slam him to the ground and knock the ball out. But he wasn’t supposed to use his helmet as a battering ram because he could have killed them both.

  73. giablommi says: Sep 19, 2011 7:07 PM

    Watching the play live, and replays, I thought Robinson led with his shoulder.The picture above confirms this.

    The whiny indignation of most of the above posts is somewhat startling. I’m sure most of you who are so “outraged” about this hit are the same one’s who also rail against Goodell emasculating the game.

    Watch the play again and try thinking for yourself instead of this brainwashed, kneejerk reaction.

  74. brewcrew4444 says: Sep 19, 2011 7:09 PM

    He should have just punched him….would have saved him 30K!

  75. laeaglefan says: Sep 19, 2011 7:12 PM

    For you defenders of Robinson….Yes, I agree with you that the NFL is throwing too many flags on questionable hits. The refs have to use some discretion and not throw the flag when a D-lineman accidently grazes a QB’s helmet with his arm when trying to tackle him. But an obvious intentional dirty hit like Robinson laid on Maclin deserves to have the book thrown at him. He had plenty of time to react after the catch and make a clean tackle on Maclin. What Robinson did by launching his helmet into Maclin’s helmet was unquestionably dirty and intentional.

  76. savannahrose44 says: Sep 19, 2011 7:16 PM

    paulsdamnblog says:
    Sep 19, 2011 5:58 PM
    What the hell do you have to do to get punished by the NFL??? Wait I know it has to be some off the field issue right? Something that could make the league look bad to the outside, casual observer right?
    —————————————————-

    IMO this does make the league look bad by backing down on their position of suspending repeat offenders. I recall them saying they would not hesitate to suspend repeat offenders of hits of this kind. His fine should have been at least the 50K they would have fined him last year before they backed down on that too. I expect they will let him appeal and back down yet again by reducing the fine.

  77. wwwmattcom says: Sep 19, 2011 7:18 PM

    Is this a typical philly fan response to “protect” their team? I am wondering because I don’t usually read about them.

  78. flyeaglefly says: Sep 19, 2011 7:18 PM

    Question: The Atlanta Fail-Cons have HOW MANY NFL CHAMPIONSHIPS?
    Answer: One Less than the total number of Back to Back Winning Seasons in their illustrious history…

  79. omegaichiban says: Sep 19, 2011 7:26 PM

    1) he didn’t launch
    2) totally headhunted
    3) made helmet to helmet contact
    He clearly doesn’t understand/care about the rules. The hit from last year wasn’t helmet to helmet just so violent that it concussed Jackson and knocked Robinson silly. He needs to see what he hits and aim lower.

  80. typicaleaglesfan says: Sep 19, 2011 7:37 PM

    bigslizzle4twizzle bring up Santa from 50 years ago and Irvin from 10+ yrs ago. Idiot. Different team and different generation of fans. It woulda been ok with you had his hit paralyzed Maclin? Go find another site to troll on.

  81. ham1 says: Sep 19, 2011 7:38 PM

    Andre “dirty” Waters is rolling over in his grave wondering why all the egirl fans and egirl players are whining today about a hit. Nancys.

    How easy Robinson made it for your dream team drama queens to deflect the fact that vickey got knocked the f out and you lost after the chump pointed at the scoreboard. Egirl fans should take up a collection for Robinson to pay the fine to provide you with your excuses.

  82. steelnucs says: Sep 19, 2011 7:39 PM

    canetic says:
    Sep 19, 2011 5:47 PM
    You can’t escape the long neck of the law, Dunta.

    Brilliant. Just brilliant. I’ll be laughing about this one tomorrow also.

  83. bradwins says: Sep 19, 2011 7:40 PM

    Should have been fined $100K and suspended for four games: $50K and two games for his ignorant play that could have ruined a guy’s career, if not his life; and $50K and two games for his ignorant and inflammatory statements after the regarding the play.

  84. bigslizzle4twizzle says: Sep 19, 2011 7:42 PM

    Suspensions are usualy given out not to those who knock out defenseless recievers but instead to those who kill defenseless animals.

  85. whiteskinsblackskinsredskins says: Sep 19, 2011 7:48 PM

    “I thought Robinson led with his shoulder. The picture above confirms this.” The picture is after the initial helmet to helmet contact. Nice try though.

  86. bigslizzle4twizzle says: Sep 19, 2011 7:49 PM

    bigslizzle4twizzle bring up Santa from 50 years ago and Irvin from 10+ yrs ago. Idiot. Different team and different generation of fans. It woulda been ok with you had his hit paralyzed Maclin? Go find another site to troll on
    ————————————————–Real eagles fans would call this part of the game. To answer your question yes I would not have lost sleep over it. I think the 15 yards was enough of a penalty. Get over it and the fact that the Eagles blew the game.

  87. doughboy73 says: Sep 19, 2011 7:56 PM

    Last year’s initial fine was bigger because the player was injured, no matter what anyone says that figures into the punishment. Dunta has bad tackling form. His instinct is to look at the ground and lead with his helmet, which used to be called “spearing”, it is now a personal foul for illegal helmet contact. With the increased emphasis on helmet contact at all levels (the national high school rule book lists helmet contact as their ONLY point of emphasis this year), leading with your eyes looking at the field will be called 100% of the time. Their is a warning sticker on EVERY approved helmet telling you not do exactly what he did. That was also the difference in the Cullen Jenkins hit which was more facemask to facemask and came from Jenkins jumping to attempt to block a pass. It could have been called, but was much more incidental then Robinson’s. I hope this guy straightens out his technique flaw before he paralyzes some one, or himself.

  88. mhalt99 says: Sep 19, 2011 7:56 PM

    “Ridiculous. If they don’t suspend him for that, then they won’t suspend anyone. The guy just doesn’t learn.”

    I feel you – the reality is you won’t really get suspended unless it is a hit on a quarterback. If it had been Vick or Ryan that took an obvious hit like that you have to bet there would be at least a two game suspension and a 100k fine

  89. doughboy73 says: Sep 19, 2011 7:59 PM

    And to clarify the Irvin incident, the sounds from the stands were “boo’s” and directed at Dieon Sanders who had to come out and do a rain dance around his injured team mate to make sure he was still getting his attention. BTW Irvin was hit by Tim Houck who led with a shoulder and his face UP

  90. sasquash69 says: Sep 19, 2011 8:00 PM

    As an Eagle fan all I can say is so what? I like smash mouth balls to the wall football. What the NFL has done is sickening. What is next? Skirts for the players? I like smash mouth helmet to helmet hits, I like when a DL gives it his all and even though hes on the ground somehow lunges at the QB and takes him down. I like football being tough. That being said I think the Steelers Harrison should bitch. he gets hit at what 75-100 grand a shot. Robinson only gets 40g a shot, and hes done it before. Maybe the league is out to get the steelers.

  91. saintsfan34 says: Sep 19, 2011 8:05 PM

    @ secgreatness u must be a falcon fan my boy because u just made itself look like a total idiot with ur post.it was horrific hit and he’s a dirty player…..nuff said get a life little kid

  92. jaypace says: Sep 19, 2011 8:18 PM

    If his head been up that would be a text book tackle. Players will learn to stop crowning when someone is paralyzed. But his form was good just see what you hit. Anybody that played organized football knows that.

  93. detruthhurts says: Sep 19, 2011 8:19 PM

    You bunch of effin idiots, everyone of you screamed unfair when the league implimented these rules and now you are a bunch of whine babys screaming “He’s dirty, cheap shot, no place in football for this, bla, bla, bla…” GODell has you ALL right where he wants you, licking his hand at feeding time! I dont give a s..t what they do on the field, I want to see football they way it was meant to be played! This is an inherently dangerous sport and every player in the league damn well knows it! Nobody twisted their arm to play just like nobody twisted those oil platform workers who died in that platform explosion in the gulf, or those alaskan fisherman who die each year! But nooooo, lets not hit anyone unless its that little bity spot right on the thigh. The guys on the lines hit helmet to helmet every single play but I havent seen a flag thrown on them yet! You dummies enjoy the pussifacation of the No Fun League!

  94. passthesuperbowl says: Sep 19, 2011 8:20 PM

    saintsfan34 says:Sep 19, 2011 8:05 PM

    @ secgreatness u must be a falcon fan my boy because u just made itself look like a total idiot with ur post.it was horrific hit and he’s a dirty player…..nuff said get a life little kid
    Ummmmm and he’s the idiot?….try re-reading what you just wrote!

  95. passthesuperbowl says: Sep 19, 2011 8:24 PM

    giablommi says:Sep 19, 2011 7:07 PM

    Watching the play live, and replays, I thought Robinson led with his shoulder.The picture above confirms this.

    The whiny indignation of most of the above posts is somewhat startling. I’m sure most of you who are so “outraged” about this hit are the same one’s who also rail against Goodell emasculating the game.

    Watch the play again and try thinking for yourself instead of this brainwashed, kneejerk reaction.
    EXACTLY…I’ve watched it again and again….led with his shoulder not his helmet…and he didnt leave either one of his feet to do so! BS call!

  96. shotpeen says: Sep 19, 2011 8:28 PM

    Lets hope Jenkins gets a fine for the head butt to Ryan too. Also, I think it was Babin on the same play who did a summer salt and slammed his legs down on Ryan seemingly much harder then just rolling over. I believe it was around 8:29 left in the first quarter if anyone would like to see it for themselves. All I ask for is the officating to be consistant is that too much to ask?

  97. transam7816 says: Sep 19, 2011 8:38 PM

    Wanna know how it’s a bs fine? Last time he was fined $50 thousand. Every offense afterwards should escalate in amount of money. This time was $40 thousand. Good hit Robinson

  98. bigslizzle4twizzle says: Sep 19, 2011 8:40 PM

    As an Eagle fan all I can say is so what? I like smash mouth balls to the wall football. What the NFL has done is sickening. What is next? Skirts for the players? I like smash mouth helmet to helmet hits, I like when a DL gives it his all and even though hes on the ground somehow lunges at the QB and takes him down. I like football being tough. That being said I think the Steelers Harrison should bitch. he gets hit at what 75-100 grand a shot. Robinson only gets 40g a shot, and hes done it before. Maybe the league is out to get the steelers.

    This is a true Eagles fan! Someone who appreciates the violent aspect of the game and remembers when Football used to be the closest thing to Gladiators battling in the arena. Props to you from a Falcons Fan!

  99. sdw2001 says: Sep 19, 2011 8:44 PM

    secgreatness says:
    Sep 19, 2011 5:44 PM
    BOOOOOO, there was nothing wrong with the hit. I can’t wait till football returns, I hate watching “soccer.” Soon players will be taken dives for penalty yards
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    Nothing wrong? You can’t be serious. This isn’t 1978, champ. Those kind of hits are something the NFL is getting rid of, helmet to helmet or not. And this one was FAR worse than last year. He didn’t even try to use his arms. He literally used his helmet as a missile. It was one of the dirtiest hits I’ve seen in years.

  100. goldsteel says: Sep 19, 2011 9:05 PM

    It wasn’t an intentional hit to the head. The hit looked clean to me but then I don’t let Roger Goodell, who never played the game and who has defanged the defenses in the league, tell me what good football is.

    All the stats this year are meaningless because there’s only one side of the team on the field allowed to play. Since Roger Goodell has been adopted by the Rooney family the only way for him to be gone is by an act of God. I thank Roger Goodell for me a better hockey fan.

  101. wicky888 says: Sep 19, 2011 9:15 PM

    Im a Falcon fan, and according to the “new rule”, thats a “dirty hit”. But last year Robinson hit Jackson in the chest with his helmet, and it was that play that started all of this helmet to helmet BS, even though it wasnt even a helmet to helmet hit. So there was no rule, then he did something, now theres a rule, and he does it once more, and hes a repeat offender and should be suspended? Get the F outta here. Now if he does it again, I agree, suspend him.

  102. deenice810 says: Sep 19, 2011 9:16 PM

    This guy is just a knucklehead. What part of not leading with helmet does he not understand. He’s
    going to seriously injure someone or himself if he keeps it up.

  103. bigslizzle4twizzle says: Sep 19, 2011 9:30 PM

    All of you people complaining about this hit are contributing to the pussification of America and should be ashamed of yourselves. “Hes too violent”, “He plays to rough”, “Your son brought peanuts to school and my sons alergic” he should have waited for him to catch the ball and then politely asked him to lay down so that he could down him???? Bunch of pansys. Bring back the leather helmets for 2012!!!!

  104. atldirtybird1 says: Sep 19, 2011 9:46 PM

    When did ya’ll put skirts on? Last year ya’ll said that “Harrison was just playing the game”. Expect Cullen Jenkins and Scrabble to get fined this week as well. Ryan took a blatant helmet to helmet from Jenkins and White took one from ASO but because our players don’t lay down like women after playing a man’s game those plays didn’t get flagged.

  105. detruthhurts says: Sep 19, 2011 10:23 PM

    jucam1 says:
    Sep 19, 2011 6:27 PM
    If any of you clowns that support his efforts knew the impact of these hits on the human brain you wouldnt be supporting Robinson!… If you a-holes did the research you wouldnt be talking abt the league being soft… You think the older players would have played the same way if they had the research?… Wake up morons, these type of hits have to stop!.. Its easy for you to sit at hone and say “the NFL is so soft”… Yeah, your not a family member of a retired player who is 48 and no longer can recognize his family!.. You arent there to see the hurt and damage that it does to their family are you?… Clowns!

    Sorry he’s that way but there is a simple solution….Dont Play! Nobody forces anyone to play! Quit bitching.

  106. sibbtz says: Sep 19, 2011 10:33 PM

    I love how so many folks are professing a love for “smash mouth” football and how we need to let them play the game. As if any of the folks expressing this exasperation have ever been in the position to take a hit from likes of any of these elite athletes.

    The rules of the game have been modified in an attempt to prevent paralyzing, life-threatening injuries to these guys. Regardless of how much they get paid or how they “knew what they were getting into,” it should be the leagues responsibility to protect these guys so that they don’t spend there “retirements” in wheel chairs or worse. I wish the NFL would use these fine dollars to better care for the casualties of the old game.

    Before I am a fan of any team, I’m a fan of the game. And there has to be a way to enjoy the game without wondering when the next player is gonna get his neck snapped for your viewing enjoyment. NFL, please get serious about protecting your athletes.

  107. detruthhurts says: Sep 19, 2011 10:39 PM

    And another thing to you pussified, crying folks. If you think these stupid rules are for player safety, your a bunch of effin suckers! These rules are to protect OWNERS INVESTMENTS! Thats all and thats the bottom line! Owners want their 100 million dollar investment protected! You know where this sh.. is headed? NBA! Thats where! Run up and down the field, score everytime, last to have the ball scores and wins! Defense? What fuggin defense? You dumbasses are just too blind to see!

  108. atldirtybird1 says: Sep 19, 2011 11:15 PM

    Yes let them play the game that the league minimum is upwards of $450,000. That’s the minimum. These players signed up for a job that they know could lead to them being paralyzed. They are also receiving really big checks to play this kids game. I have no sympathy for a player that willingly trained his whole life to make it to the NFL and receive a contract at the very least almost half a million dollars a year.

    Seems like Godell’s mission to sissyfy the game is almost complete. Look how different the majority of ya’lls comments are about how Dunta should have been suspended compared to last year. Godell’s a genius apparently.

  109. purplereign28 says: Sep 20, 2011 12:24 AM

    Please explain to me how hitting a receiver in the chest with your shoulder is illegal. Just because Maclin wanted to lay on the field and cry because someone laid a good hit on him doesn’t mean the NFL should turn into flag football. If Goodell keeps wimping this game down, I’ll start watching the freaking CFL.

  110. Andre's Johnson says: Sep 20, 2011 12:58 AM

    What goes around, Dunta. What goes around, my man. I hope you enjoy the fact that you can brush your own teeth and tie your own shoes now, because by the time you’re 50 years old you’ll be enmeshed in dementia so profound you won’t even remember your name.

    Keep on using that helmet as a battering ram, you jackass.

  111. legendaryjedeye says: Sep 20, 2011 3:39 AM

    Jakek2, you sound like a biased falcon fan. Dunta clearly led with his helmet, watch the replay. That’s why the league fined him. Let DRC, Asante or Nnamdi do that to Roddy White. Yaw would sing a different tune. When you lead like that, that means you CANNOT tackle. He’s a bum, thats why the Texans let him go. Out of all teams, the team with the worst secondary for the last 8 years, let him go. Their whole secondary sucks. I only like Brent Grimes cuz I went to high school with him. Aside from that they are not that good. Come see us in the playoffs!

  112. doughboy73 says: Sep 20, 2011 6:54 AM

    Anyone who wants to defend this hit, ask Adam Taliaferro what happens from tackiling with your head down. And watch the play again. Maclin saw it just in time to turn but the crown of the helmet still hit the face mask before any other contact occurred. I love hard hits too, and injuries are part of the game, but his face mask in the chest would have been just as impressive and a lot cleaner.

  113. mojoquasi says: Sep 20, 2011 7:58 AM

    They don’t do this right. What should happen is that when someone is as deliberately vicious as was Robinson, they should then allow anyone blocking Robinson free reign to do the same thing to him if the opportunity arises.

    That should either make him think, and then refrain from doing it again, or, prevent him from doing it again with the pain he will suffer.

  114. pftstory says: Sep 20, 2011 8:05 AM

    You dont have to wrap a guy up to make a tackle.

    Part of the game is to try and hit the guy with the ball and jar it loose.

    Do some of you really believe that everyone besides Robinson wraps his arms aroud the ball carrier to make a tackle? Then why do we complain about the missed tackles due to not wrapping up each week?

    At the game you could see the refs indecision on the play. The flag was not thrown until Maclin had trouble getting up. So the flag was thrown not because the hit was bad, but because of the result of the hit. That’s wrong. Leading with your helmit should be a penalty and a fine regardless of the result of the hit. In this case it was not.

    We all love exciting offense. But we all love hard hits fromthe defense that knocks the ball loose. Those days will soon be gone forever.

  115. Land Snark says: Sep 20, 2011 9:14 AM

    What’s with the clowns calling people drama queens and saying Robinson led with his shoulder?

    You either need a lesson in anatomy or a thicker set of glasses to watch the actual game on screen.

  116. sibbtz says: Sep 20, 2011 10:23 AM

    I also love how people think a six (or seven or more) figure salary means you’re to accept that the sport you play may lead to paralysis or death from a hit that isn’t necessary. If that’s the case, why not bring back hitting at the knee? Isn’t this crap supposed to be a game? Some of you guys are talking like these are the gladiator days. Get real. Players should expect a high risk of injury, yes. But that doesn’t mean it should be open season on them. No one should be expecting (or celebrating) that, regardless of salary.

    Bad hits are bad hits. And salaries don’t have a thing to do with that. Don’t confuse the issue, if you have that much disdain for the salaries these guys make, blame the league, blame the management and to an extent, blame yourself – for willingly paying the exorbitant fees to attend the games and buy all the merchandise.

    I still argue that many of the people complaining about the “pussification” of the game, have never been in the position to take a hit like that. Would you be so reasonable if it was your favorite QB or receiver? I’m thinking not. And to rant on about “that’s the price you pay for playing this game” is infantile, immature and just plain dumb.

    If you’re not in the position to actually play professional football and experience the difference between a good hit versus a bad hit, your perception of it being “a part of the game” means virtually nothing. Ignorant, biased passion based on no practical/medical/professional experience doesn’t make you right.

  117. dladd79 says: Sep 20, 2011 5:27 PM

    Ronnie Lott thinks anyone complaining about how hard or illegal this hit may have been has woman parts under their clothes. Sissy’s and cowards that are trying to change this great game we use to call football. We are getting to the point of a possible name change for the league. It is so sad how fans of today’s NFL are soft like baby blankets.

  118. dladd79 says: Sep 20, 2011 5:40 PM

    medtxpack says: Sep 19, 2011 5:48 PM

    DESERVED!
    ____________________

    You must be female with your soft motherly instinct.

  119. ians0280 says: Sep 20, 2011 6:08 PM

    All this hate lol.he got fined good enough for me.harrison had multiple offences last year and dident miss anytime as a result.i thought it was a good hit but needed to be lower and yes he lead with his head.its easy as a fan to say he should of done this or that and no doubt most of the haters are eagles fans or falcons haters so it is what it is.

  120. paulitik74 says: Sep 21, 2011 12:13 AM

    I can’tt decide if he self-righteousness from the Philly fans is disgusting, or hilariously hypocritical. All of a sudden they care about people’s health. Cullen Jenkins and Asomugha had helmet to helmets on Ryan and White, nary a word from them.

    It’s ironic and hypocritical that the most obnoxious, violent, pugnacious fan base in sports are the ones crying about a hit they’d cheer if Asante or Asomugha did it to a Cowboy or Giant WR.

    How many times has Dawkins knocked the hell of people when he was an Eagle?

  121. jdreed68 says: Sep 21, 2011 6:44 AM

    @pftstory

    I dont think Maclin was carrying the ball in his teeth. Dunta aimed for hit helmet. It was intentional, Dunta is a dirty player.

  122. eaglesw00t says: Sep 22, 2011 12:12 PM

    How many times has Dawkins knocked the hell of people when he was an Eagle?

    ———————————————

    Plenty. But he also didnt aim to spear people in the face. The few questionable hits he did make were always flagged, and he was fined back then. He hit hard, but clean. He wasnt a dirty player. Just a mean player. totally different story.

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