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Roman Harper fined $15,000 for late hit

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Saints safety Roman Harper won’t verbally apologize for starting a fracas with Panthers receiver Steve Smith last week, but Harper will have to financially apologize to the NFL.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter passes along word that Harper was fined $15,000 for starting the melee.

It’s unclear if Smith or anyone from the Panthers will also be fined. I hope not. If I’m forced to write another post on the subject, I’ll have to think of another word for “fight” other than “fracas” and “melee.”

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  1. Steeler's Will says: Oct 13, 2011 10:31 AM

    how about “Donnybrook”?

  2. souljalb says: Oct 13, 2011 10:31 AM

    HA…was it worth it? And he still got man-handled by Steve

  3. darthvincent says: Oct 13, 2011 10:33 AM

    I’ll have to think of another word for “fight” other than “fracas” and “melee.”

    You could use the word “affray” – a public order offence consisting of the fighting of two or more persons in a public place to the terror of ordinary people.

  4. hit2hurt says: Oct 13, 2011 10:35 AM

    skirmish! ruckus! fisticuffs! you’re welcome! LOL

  5. joetoronto says: Oct 13, 2011 10:36 AM

    Wow, 15 grand to a guy that’s making millions a year.

    Way to put the hammer down, NFL.

  6. Ron Mexico says: Oct 13, 2011 10:39 AM

    Brewhaha

  7. longdrivesaint says: Oct 13, 2011 10:41 AM

    Beating the Pansies in Carolina-Check
    Watching Cam mope around again-Check
    Laying a shot on “The Punk”- Check
    Paying $15k for that shot-Worth every penny

    Makes it more enjoyable due to Panther fans fail to realize he’s been a punk since he came into the league. No doubt he has talent, but wouldn’t want somebody like that year in and year out being an arrogant punk. Carolina can lay with him in the basement of the NFC South.

  8. flapjackdaddy says: Oct 13, 2011 10:43 AM

    Gregg,
    Just say: You know, that time when Malcolm Jenkins got rolled up.

  9. whichiwhichwawa says: Oct 13, 2011 10:44 AM

    Thats it?!?!

  10. ncsteve83 says: Oct 13, 2011 10:45 AM

    Steve Smith eats children for breakfast.

  11. AlanSaysYo says: Oct 13, 2011 10:46 AM

    No way Smith goes unfined after playing jungle gym on a guy’s face mask.

  12. medtxpack says: Oct 13, 2011 10:47 AM

    not enough!

    im sick of that head hunting Gregg Williams D. its like they are trying to be the Steelers.

  13. jacunn2000 says: Oct 13, 2011 10:50 AM

    Roman Harper is all class. Kinda like Travis Henry.

  14. Andre's Johnson says: Oct 13, 2011 10:52 AM

    Cue the people who can’t spell “cue.”

  15. marcinhouston says: Oct 13, 2011 10:54 AM

    Charles Woodson gets 10k for throwing an unprovoked punch at a Saint. Now Harper gets 15k because the timing on a hit was a little off. Roger Goodell definitely has his favorite teams and his least favorite. Saints pay about average. Packers get 60% off all fines. Steelers pay 200-300% of normal fines. Somebody needs to investigate Goodell.

  16. hamcamnewton says: Oct 13, 2011 10:57 AM

    @longdrivesaint

    Tell me how smitty was being an arrogant punk before your boy harper nailed him. From what I recall he got up after the hit then celebrated his td, then took care of your boy jenkins. Love the hate man, we all know you wish he was a stain I’m mean saint. Btw if we were as bad as you say, shouldn’t your team have beat us by more than a field goal that rivera gave them?

  17. zidanevalor says: Oct 13, 2011 11:00 AM

    I’m not a fan of the Saints or Giants, and actually I’m prone to hating the Giants more because I’m a Cowboys fan, but why was Kenny Phillips fined $20K for a bang-bang play and Roman Harper was fined $15K for a blatant late hit after a TD?

  18. renogospelmission says: Oct 13, 2011 11:02 AM

    The NFL penalizes for hits out of bounds, but nothing for a player who gets hit after they cross the goalline. Maybe it’s time to look at that?

  19. stebutt says: Oct 13, 2011 11:03 AM

    Hey Roman, I’m a Saints fan and would appreciate it if you spent more time learning how to cover (pro football focus’s second worst ranked safety this season) than taking cheap shots. You deserved your fine.

  20. panthers34 says: Oct 13, 2011 11:04 AM

    Steve is an Andre Reed like hothead but there aren’t many receivers I would take over him. Imagine if he had a qb the caliber of Brees his entire career…..scary.

  21. decima24 says: Oct 13, 2011 11:05 AM

    Steve Smith was lucky that the hit wasn’t by Darren Sharper..

    Cuz we all know he’s the hardest hitting safety in the NFL.

  22. dldove77 says: Oct 13, 2011 11:07 AM

    @longdrivesaint

    Say what you want about Carolina being in the basement of the NFC South, but don’t forget…it hasn’t been that long since you were there and probably won’t be long til you’re there again. How long did it take the Saints to get to or win a Super Bowl? The Panthers are in their 17th season. They made it to the Super Bowl before you, have as many NFC South titles as you and have played in more NFC Championship games than you. And, by the way, those basement dwelling Panthers own a 17-16 lifetime advantage on your Saints.

  23. fleischpeitsche says: Oct 13, 2011 11:09 AM

    why don’t we let them fight like they do in hockey? That would be awesome!
    Also funny how the TV networks immediatly switch to an other camera when a fight is about to break out. I wanna see this!

  24. 2sausage11 says: Oct 13, 2011 11:10 AM

    If Carolina is such a BAD team then how come you only beat them by 3pts. just saying

  25. southbeachnorth says: Oct 13, 2011 11:14 AM

    I am nor a Panthers fan or a Saints fan, but I’ve gotta say that is was FANTASTIC to watch the diminutive Smitty grab Malcolm Jenkins and start ragdolling him left & right! 5’9″ & 32 years old but the man’s got fight in him! Jenkins should be embarrassed the way he was manhandled & tossed around by one of the league’s smallest WRs.

  26. longdrivesaint says: Oct 13, 2011 11:15 AM

    Hey Charlie Sheen here. I’d like to put in my 2 cents worth. What are the Saints doing opposite of the Pansies this year…….WINNING!!!!

  27. bmorelikeme says: Oct 13, 2011 11:19 AM

    @dldove77

    not a saints or panthers fan, but i wouldn’t be bragging about a super bowl loss. No one remembers second place.

  28. alaricsrevenge says: Oct 13, 2011 11:26 AM

    scuffle, throw-down, brawl, clash, duke-it-out, come to blows, fisticuffs (already mentioned but worth repeating) slobberknocker, dust-up, rumble, give-em-the-ol-two-piece, and my all time favorite… “someone got their windows tinted” in reference to a black eye.

  29. longdrivesaint says: Oct 13, 2011 11:27 AM

    @dldove77

    Atleast we didn’t try to but a SB when we came into the league. How did that work out for ya? Not too good. Keep going back to the drawing board. It comes down to what U do in those big games. First Superbowl appearance= win. So U keep trying little brother. Can’t wait til Jan 1st. We’ll probably be sitting our guys again though.

  30. southbeachnorth says: Oct 13, 2011 11:28 AM

    Again, not a fan of either team but you idiot Saints fans need to show some respect to the Panthers. They outplayed your team for most of Sunday’s game and while you fools might take them for granted, I PROMISE you that Payton and his boys will not in the future. I feel bad for the Panthers because the way they’ve played, they deserve a better record than 1-4. But you moronic Saints fans who still think this division is YOURS year after year are in for a rude awakening in the coming years, lemme tell ya!

  31. 2sausage11 says: Oct 13, 2011 11:36 AM

    Hey Saints fans don’t put your bags away all it will take is for Brees to get hurt and you’ll be back at the bottom where you belong

  32. qdog112 says: Oct 13, 2011 11:37 AM

    hamcamnewton says: Oct 13, 2011 10:57 AM

    @longdrivesaint

    Tell me how smitty was being an arrogant punk before your boy harper nailed him. From what I recall he got up after the hit then celebrated his td, then took care of your boy jenkins. Love the hate man, we all know you wish he was a stain I’m mean saint. Btw if we were as bad as you say, shouldn’t your team have beat us by more than a field goal that rivera gave them?
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    What do you mean “us”? Change your name or you’re not a Panthers fan – PERIOD!

  33. metcalfer says: Oct 13, 2011 11:40 AM

    Ron Harper hits Steve Smith late, then runs off to leave Malcolm Jenkins there to be treated like a red headed stepchild. If you watch the video Ron Harper doesn’t come back until after it’s pretty much over.

  34. scomibord says: Oct 13, 2011 11:44 AM

    decima24 says: Oct 13, 2011 11:05 AM

    Steve Smith was lucky that the hit wasn’t by Darren Sharper

    Yeah…Sharper would have left hoveround tracks down his back. I love Sharp, he’s just too old. Let him go.
    As much as I hate to say it…he would be more of a liability than harper, and that says it all.

    And that’s all I have to say on that!!

  35. longdrivesaint says: Oct 13, 2011 11:46 AM

    @hamcamnewton

    You just proved my point about one of my earlier posts. Once a punk always a punk. U can have him. Talent alone doesn’t do it. Talk about giving stuff up, how about the mysterious roughing the passer early in the game that helped u guys. Their was no helmet to helmet either. Referring to Jenkins he came from the back of him. Coward move.

  36. kayotiicdat says: Oct 13, 2011 11:53 AM

    Steve Smith had it coming, and to the morons saying he got man handled after. That was Jenkins and he had 4 people on him, Smith grabbed his facemask like a punk and slammed him, nothing he could do about it.

  37. kayotiicdat says: Oct 13, 2011 11:58 AM

    and it was a close game because of 2 TERRIBLE roughing the passer calls that both led to 2 t’d when they should’ve had to punt. The refs helped them all cam, that explains why nothing was called when Steve Smith slammed Jenkins by his facemask.

  38. panthers34 says: Oct 13, 2011 12:08 PM

    The first roughing call was phantom. The second with Rogers looked like a headshot in live action, I need to see a replay. The Saints didnt have to fall for the hard count on 3rd and 2. In this league the more you let the offense stay on the field the more you are asking for an officiating fiasco. Happens in every game, not buying a pro Panther reffing conspiracy. Where were the black helicopters when Merriweather took a headshot at Smith two weeks ago?

  39. qdog112 says: Oct 13, 2011 12:17 PM

    “Saints safety Roman Harper won’t verbally apologize for starting a fracas…”
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    Is there another way I don’t know of?

  40. ilovefoolsball says: Oct 13, 2011 12:41 PM

    Oh stop with all the “how come you only beat the panthers by 3 points, huh? HUH?”

    Last I checked it doesn’t matter if you beat a team by 1 or 20 points, as long as you win. So if you want to look for comfort in the fact that you only lost by 3 that’s fine. You should be trying to understand why your team continually finds ways to lose week after week despite good rookie qb play.
    as far as the fine, Harper deserves it, I thought it was wrong the moment I saw it. It was a stupid play where he lost his cool. Steve Smith made a great catch and run and he should’ve left it at that.
    Don’t late hit a guy after the TD, just leave him crying with a 1-4 record in the twilight of his career.

  41. jmota222 says: Oct 13, 2011 12:45 PM

    Steve smith is a dog!! Did you see how aggressive he got after that hit …… That’s the kinda guy I want on my team !!

  42. tarheelpirate says: Oct 13, 2011 12:53 PM

    @longdrivesaint

    I know at least one Saints player that is praying that he’ll be sitting the next time they play the Panthers–Malcolm Jenkins.

    Do you think he sees 89 in his sleep?

  43. blackngoldsuperbowl says: Oct 13, 2011 1:13 PM

    @ 2sausage11

    Same goes for 31 other teams in the NFL, every week a team tries, and every week we do the same thing.

    O-LINE blocks

    Brees gets ball out fast

    ALSO U DONT KNOW JACK,

    TWO WORDS CHAE DANIELS

    and I bet your team is sitting with 1 win just wishing you had an organization like the saints.

    Most stability in the league, look it up

  44. longdrivesaint says: Oct 13, 2011 1:23 PM

    @tarheelpirate

    Scoreboard bro. Losing sleep? No way. Maybe looking over his shoulder so he doesn’t get sucker punched like Ken Lucas did though. Best 1-4 team right now though. Rootin” for ya this Sunday to beat the Failcons.

  45. medtxpack says: Oct 13, 2011 1:26 PM

    blackandgoldsuperbowl….

    who is Chae Daniels? ha you mean Chase?

    calm down puppy. Saints dont have the most stability in the league, that would be the Pack, and the better QB, the Pack, best WR corp, the Pack. look it up. ha

  46. dldove77 says: Oct 13, 2011 1:26 PM

    longdrivesaint says:
    Oct 13, 2011 11:27 AM
    @dldove77

    Atleast we didn’t try to but a SB when we came into the league.

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    I’m going to have to assume to wanted to write “buy” instead of “but,” although if you were raised with a New Orleans education, there’s no telling what you meant. Either way, you’re still an idiot. The 1995 Panthers philosophy was to build a veteran team and not through the draft. How many big name free agents did they sign? No more than Jacksonville did, they just chose to put mostly vets on the team. Didn’t pan out.

    Regardless, for as many horrible seasons as Carolina has had, they still have a winning record against the Saints. That’s how bad the Saints have been.

  47. mdd913 says: Oct 13, 2011 1:34 PM

    @longdrivesaint

    I know at least one Saints player that is praying that he’ll be sitting the next time they play the Panthers–Malcolm Jenkins.

    Do you think he sees 89 in his sleep?

    ——————————————————————

    Yeah, Jenkins was so traumatized that he blasted through the line on the very next play, blocked the extra point, and then showed the kicker the ball.

  48. footballgenius101 says: Oct 13, 2011 1:49 PM

    The NFL should pay Harper and Smith a bonus instead of fining them – they just made the next matchup must-see-tv.

  49. 504in860 says: Oct 13, 2011 2:16 PM

    “It took the Saints 40 years to win a Super Bowl…blah blah blah…”

    Listen, don’t get mad because Charlotte wasn’t relevant enough to get a team in 1967. You might be working on 40+ years of not winning a title yourselves.

    Enjoy retirement without a ring, Steve Smith.

  50. 504in860 says: Oct 13, 2011 2:18 PM

    Oh…and the 17-16 lifetime record against the Saints is seriously skewed. The Saints have rested their starters against Carolina THREE TIMES with Sean Payton as coach. So…you can have those 3 “wins.”

  51. longdrivesaint says: Oct 13, 2011 2:27 PM

    @dldlove77

    The 1995 Panthers philosophy was to build a veteran team and not through the draft. How many big name free agents did they sign? No more than Jacksonville did, they just chose to put mostly vets on the team. Didn’t pan out.

    Regardless, for as many horrible seasons as Carolina has had, they still have a winning record against the Saints. That’s how bad the Saints have been
    ————————————————

    You have just backed up my point from your comments. They tried to buy a SB. I guess if the Jags were going to jump off a bridge you would do the same?? What a moron. Everybody knows you build through the draft. Also, on the games between us every year, it brings me great joy knowing you consider those games as 2 chances to win the SB.

  52. mdd913 says: Oct 13, 2011 2:42 PM

    Oh…and the 17-16 lifetime record against the Saints is seriously skewed. The Saints have rested their starters against Carolina THREE TIMES with Sean Payton as coach. So…you can have those 3 “wins.”

    —————————————————————

    Don’t expect it to change this year. By the time the Panthers-Saints game rolls around the Saints will be something like 13-2 or 12-3. The Panthers, of course, will be irrelevant as usual.

    If I’m Sean Payton getting ready for that game, I wouldn’t even waste Chase Daniel on ‘em. Send Canfield out there instead.

  53. beastson says: Oct 13, 2011 3:03 PM

    Saints fans still think that the NFL started in 2006

  54. mdd913 says: Oct 13, 2011 3:15 PM

    Saints fans still think that the NFL started in 2006

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    Actually no. The Saints are one of the NFL’s older franchises, started in 1967. From roughly 85-92 they had one of the NFL’s most feared defenses in history. They may have been a bad team for a long time, but at least they have a place in history.

    What are the Panthers known for? I bet if I go up to 10 people on the street at least 4 of them wouldn’t know whether the Carolina Panthers were a football team, a basketball team or a hockey team.

    You know it’s true.

  55. nolarules says: Oct 13, 2011 3:27 PM

    Harper deserved the fine. As does Smith for the one coming his way for retaliation on Jenkins.

    And none of this makes either of these guys “tough guys.” Harper took a cheap shot and ran to hide. Smith stood up, did his dance then grabbed the facemask of a player and tried to rip his head off (Jenkins was damaged so badly by this “tough guy” that he accidentally block the ensuing field goal). Neither of these guys are tough. Real men rise above and let things get settled on the playing field. Exactly what neither of these two did

  56. granadafan says: Oct 13, 2011 3:35 PM

    Steve Smith may be a punk, but he was hit by a complete cheap shot. He had every right to be upset.

  57. 504in860 says: Oct 13, 2011 3:44 PM

    beastson says:
    Oct 13, 2011 3:03 PM
    Saints fans still think that the NFL started in 2006
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    Nah, it started in 1995…the year pro football discovered the Carolinas.

  58. flapjackdaddy says: Oct 13, 2011 3:50 PM

    @blackandgoldsuperbowl

    Funny that you bring up your backup QB, because if Drew Brees got hurt you would be a 3 or 4 win team. You know, like you were for 40 years?

    Your organization was the very definition of mediocre for decades.

    And even now, you’d be lucky to be as competitive as the 2011 Colts if you lost Brees.

    Once his career is over here in 4-5 years, we’ll see who has stability.

  59. mdd913 says: Oct 13, 2011 3:51 PM

    Actually, if you think about it, it was kind of a genius move by Harper.

    Smith has little man syndrome so he probably couldn’t think about anything else for the rest of the game…..he only touched the ball once after the incident.

    Not saying Harper intentionally did it. But if I’m the Saints I am going to do anything to get in that guy’s head, because he disappears when things get real.

  60. gregm5s7 says: Oct 13, 2011 3:51 PM

    marcinhouston says:Oct 13, 2011 10:54 AM

    Charles Woodson gets 10k for throwing an unprovoked punch at a Saint. Now Harper gets 15k because the timing on a hit was a little off. Roger Goodell definitely has his favorite teams and his least favorite. Saints pay about average. Packers get 60% off all fines. Steelers pay 200-300% of normal fines. Somebody needs to investigate Goodell.

    ——————————————————
    Yeah, some nobody TE was driving Woodson after the play was blown dead. Harper’s hit was pure frustration…his timing wasn’t only off, but so was his coverage. Hack move. By Steelers you mean Jame “hitman” harrison. yes, repeat, repeat, repeat offenders pay more.

    Steve Smith looked like a full grown man during and after the play.

  61. Mr. Wright 212 says: Oct 13, 2011 4:04 PM

    Steve Smith is only a punk if he PUNKS your team.

    Unless you’re talking about the Steve Smith in Philly, then you’d be 100% accurate.

    This fine was seen coming a mile away as we rejoiced in the faces of Saints fans at a SAINTS BAR in New York City, of all places SMH.

    I wish the Panthers had won the game.

  62. mdd913 says: Oct 13, 2011 4:20 PM

    Funny that you bring up your backup QB, because if Drew Brees got hurt you would be a 3 or 4 win team.

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    LOL at this coming from a Panthers fan when your team will be lucky to win 4 games this year with your starter in place.

    Telling that you have to resort to hypotheticals to make yourself feel better.

  63. mdd913 says: Oct 13, 2011 4:21 PM

    This fine was seen coming a mile away as we rejoiced in the faces of Saints fans

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    You do know the Panthers LOST the game, right? And that they’re in dead last place?

    Just checking.

  64. 504in860 says: Oct 13, 2011 4:33 PM

    flapjackdaddy says:
    Oct 13, 2011 3:50 PM
    @blackandgoldsuperbowl

    Funny that you bring up your backup QB, because if Drew Brees got hurt you would be a 3 or 4 win team. You know, like you were for 40 years?
    ———————————————–

    So they won 3-4 games every year for 40 years?

    You’re not very good at math.

  65. 504in860 says: Oct 13, 2011 4:58 PM

    Mr. Wright 212 says:
    Oct 13, 2011 4:04 PM
    Steve Smith is only a punk if he PUNKS your team.
    ——————————————–

    What if he punches a teammate? What does that make him?

  66. flapjackdaddy says: Oct 14, 2011 11:27 AM

    @504in86

    You’re not very good at reading comprehension.

  67. flapjackdaddy says: Oct 14, 2011 11:29 AM

    @mdd913

    It was a comment about stability. That is a valid point. A Saints fan said they have the most stability in the league. I disagree seeing as Brees is 31.

    That is all.

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