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Brian Robison fined $20,000

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We now know what it costs an NFL player to kick one of his peers in the groin.

Vikings defensive end Brian Robison told Jeremy Fowler of the Pioneer Press that he owes the league $20,000 as punishment for sending his foot into Packers tackle T.J. Lang’s crotch last Sunday. Robison apologized for the act shortly after the game and insists that he did not mean to kick Lang where he did. Lang accepted the apology earlier this week.

The intent to kick Lang anywhere was probably enough to justify a fine and, all things considered, this isn’t too hefty a penalty for the action. Had Robison not apologized publicly, there might have been a different reaction from the league when they weighed discipline for a pretty indefensible shot from Robison.

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  1. 4gone says: Oct 26, 2011 5:13 PM

    $20k for a cleat to the man-skittles????
    Seems a little light.

  2. whichiwhichwawa says: Oct 26, 2011 5:18 PM

    $10K for each testicle!

  3. touchdownroddywhite says: Oct 26, 2011 5:21 PM

    As a grown man, I’d rather have a concussion than a cleat to the babymakers. Should’ve added a 3x multiplier to the highest fine given for a helmet to helmet.

  4. bozosforall says: Oct 26, 2011 5:25 PM

    So now we know what the cost is for:

    Punching someone in the groin (Charles Woodson in Week One): $10,000

    Kicking someone in the groin (Brian Robison last week): $20,000

  5. childressrulz says: Oct 26, 2011 5:25 PM

    Lang might have accepted the apology but I will bet the Packers have something special in store for him in Lambeau. Take note cheap shot artists…did it help the queens win the game?

  6. tfbuckfutter says: Oct 26, 2011 5:29 PM

    How was he not suspended?

  7. bigcarguy1 says: Oct 26, 2011 5:30 PM

    that was just uncalled for!!

  8. schmokes says: Oct 26, 2011 5:44 PM

    From my understanding, the fine was $5000 for the kick, and $15000 for his haircut.

  9. bigwhiteinva says: Oct 26, 2011 5:52 PM

    Bozos Charles Woodson did not punch someone in the groin he hit him in the stomach…Robison apologized and took his punishment like a man so that was good to see someone accepting responsibility for their actions finally

  10. twesty85 says: Oct 26, 2011 5:58 PM

    @ childressrulz

    if you watched the game it almost looked like they didn’t need much help. if ponder wouldn’t have thrown those two interceptions that game would have went the other way. i’m not a vikings fan but i can’t wait to see these two teams play again because i think the vikings are going to get the best of the packers this time around.

  11. Deb says: Oct 26, 2011 6:12 PM

    Fine: $20,000.

    Comedic video: Priceless.

  12. bordner says: Oct 26, 2011 6:31 PM

    twesty85 says:
    Oct 26, 2011 5:58 PM

    … i can’t wait to see these two teams play again because i think the vikings are going to get the best of the packers this time around.
    ————————————————-
    I agree – I think they’ll get the “best of the Packers” this time around as well. On Sunday, they got the “so-so of the Packers” and, as a result, made the game much closer than it should have been. When they get the “best of the Packers” in Lambeau, they’ll get blown out by at least 3 TD’s.

    That’s what you meant, right?

  13. johntonioholmes says: Oct 26, 2011 6:47 PM

    It’s a good thing he didn’t call his wife twice from the sideline. I mean, the would be a SERIOUS offense…

  14. packfaninvikeland says: Oct 26, 2011 7:48 PM

    I am a pack fan, but Woodson’s uppercut punch deserved a suspension, Robison’s kick to the groin deserved a greater fine. Both were classless and childish, but I see a punch as more severe IMO.

  15. jessethegreat says: Oct 26, 2011 7:49 PM

    I’m still baffled how a grown man could kick someone in the nuts. anyone that’s taken a shot before got an upset stomach just seeing it. I took a helmet in the nads on a kick return in high school. It broke my cup.

  16. rgwhodey says: Oct 26, 2011 8:06 PM

    Keeping the fines consistent are we Goodell? Please tell me how Cedric Peerman, a 2nd year, 4th string running back making probably league minimum, makes a clean block (as in it didn’t draw a flag) and he gets fined $20,000.00.

    And then you have a starting DE veteran, intentionally kicks someone, (whether he meant to hit him in the boys or not) extremely dirty and malicious gets a $20,000.00 fine.

    Something doesn’t add up here… Weird

    Just sayin’

  17. stellarperformance says: Oct 26, 2011 8:21 PM

    It was a “get out of my face” gesture, not a vicious attack. Big deal. The guy got fined for having it seen on TV, that’s all. If it hadn’t been recorded, it wouldn’t have gotten any attention. Go Pack.

  18. gb4mn0 says: Oct 26, 2011 9:21 PM

    Robison was just letting Lang know how it feels to be playing for the lavender larries.

  19. 2ndaryinsanity says: Oct 26, 2011 9:50 PM

    Total Bush-League move. I understand “heat of the moment” and frustration, but there’s just some lines that shouldn’t be crossed (they don’t even allow upkicks to the ‘nads in mixed martial arts fights!). Dude acted like a cheap-shot-artist punk…he should have been suspended for a game in addition to the fine.

  20. lnfinite says: Oct 26, 2011 10:11 PM

    4gone says: Oct 26, 2011 5:13 PM

    $20k for a cleat to the man-skittles????
    Seems a little light.

    ———————————-

    Packers Woodson gets a 10k knock for an obvious round house in week 1 and Robison gets a 20k knock this week. Let’s compare their salaries and see who got off light, okay???

  21. das14 says: Oct 26, 2011 10:27 PM

    I think the NFLPA should arrange for a picture at the end of the season in a room, full of all the money collected for the fines. The picture should have all the players with the fines and some kind of catch phrase, the catch phrase would have to do with where the money went. If you don’t know the money goes to “nfl charities”. I would like a list of all these charities. The definition of charity is the voluntary giving of help, typically money, to those in need. I don’t think this is voluntary and I don’t like the frequency/serverity of the fines.

  22. dbellina says: Oct 26, 2011 10:39 PM

    $10k for each ball. Not bad.

  23. vikescry1 says: Oct 26, 2011 10:43 PM

    robinson was the same loser that was crying last year after the pack won the superbowl, i’m pretty sure he said that the vikes would beat the pack? yes it was close, but close doesn’t count except in horse’s and handgrenades.

  24. stevenfbrackett says: Oct 26, 2011 11:02 PM

    I am extremely disappointed that the Vikings seem to have chosen to ignore it completely. They could fine him. They could suspend him. They could bench him. Hell they could make him run laps around the field. But they haven’t done anything at all.

    Good that Robison manned up and didn’t try to blame someone else but there is still no place for that stuff at any level of competition.

  25. demo1984 says: Oct 26, 2011 11:25 PM

    Watch Lang for a couple games and you will see how it led up to him getting kicked in the nuts. Lang is the cheap shot artist here. What he does is not illegal but just dirty. Hitting guys in the back around the pile when a tackle is being made. I saw him cut Robison when he was on the opposite side of the field where the tackle was being made and Robison had slowed down at the time beacause the ball carrier was on his way down.
    It was not just this game. I have watched the Packers 3 or 4 times this season and Lang does crap like this every game. He just gets under the other guys skin with his cheap crap. I am surprised this is the first retaliation against him this season.
    I do not condone the kick to the nuts, because its just wrong to do that, but just watch Lang if you get a chance and see for yourself.

  26. sevensixtwonato says: Oct 26, 2011 11:33 PM

    $10k for each ball. Not bad.

    ————————————————–

    One might be bigger than the other…maybe a 12 8 split?

  27. brewdogg says: Oct 26, 2011 11:46 PM

    schmokes says:
    Oct 26, 2011 5:44 PM
    From my understanding, the fine was $5000 for the kick, and $15000 for his haircut.
    ——————————–

    Dude… The Packers have a bad Fabio impersonator, the Vikings have a bad Kenny G impersonator. I’m not sure which one’s worse, but they should both give a call to Locks of Love.

    (I can’t remember who pointed that one out, but I pulled up a picture of Kenny G, and he has a point!!)

  28. shaggytoodle says: Oct 27, 2011 12:01 AM

    They forgot about the frank with those beans I think it should have been 25k atleast.

    Plus didn’t he has all that extra cash from gettnig overpaid this off-season.

  29. brewdogg says: Oct 27, 2011 12:12 AM

    gb4mn0 says:
    Oct 26, 2011 9:21 PM
    Robison was just letting Lang know how it feels to be playing for the lavender larries.
    ——————————–

    There he is again, making everyone feel better about themselves….

    Here’s a little lesson for you… Lavender is a pastel shade of purple, much like the shade of pink you have under those Kmart sweatpants. You might want to try thinking of something to go with Violet. Oh wait, I forgot who I was talking to….. Let’s try this.

    Knock-knock.

    Knock-knock.

    KNOCK-KNOCK-KNOCK-KNOCK-KNOCK!!

    Oh well, let’s go try bobnelsonjr. He might answer the door drunk and naked, but at least there’s someone home over there.

  30. minnyjoe says: Oct 27, 2011 12:13 AM

    Watching Lang walk away I don’t think his manjina was to injured

  31. packerbacker12 says: Oct 27, 2011 12:29 AM

    “Punching someone in the groin (Charles Woodson in Week One): $10,000″

    Woodson punched David Thomas in the gut, dip$hit.

  32. gergie1957 says: Oct 27, 2011 1:31 AM

    That’s just nuts.

  33. gergie1957 says: Oct 27, 2011 1:32 AM

    @vikescry1, That would be Horse shoes.

  34. captaintriumph says: Oct 27, 2011 2:18 AM

    What everyone fails to consider is – how hard was the kick? Did it cause pain? The kick was light, caused little or no pain, he was penalized 15 yards, fined $20K….case closed.

  35. sigma1932 says: Oct 27, 2011 2:43 AM

    twesty85 says:
    Oct 26, 2011 5:58 PM

    …i think the vikings are going to get the best of the packers this time around.

    First off, what were Ponder’s numbers? 13 of 32 (40.6%), 219 yds (72 of which came on a blown coverage on the 1st play of the game), and 2 TD’s. That’s pretty bad, especially against GB’s horrendous 31st-ranked pass-defense that’s giving up 388 YPG, and

    Also, historically, when opposing team’s rookie/backup QB’s get the first real action of their career vs. GB, they usually play way above their actual ability. For example, look back at when Tampa gave Josh Freeman his first start, or for that matter, Caleb Hanie’s play after Quitler got a hangnail in the NFC championship game last year.

    The next time around, GB will actually have something to build a game-plan on, even if it’s just 2 games worth of film (including the one vs. their own team), instead of having to play against an unknown.

    Second, while I don’t like to bring up “what-ifs”, there’s the muffed punt. Those are pretty darn rare in the NFL (far more rare than a rookie QB on a bad team throwing 2 INT’s), and if MIN had to rely on that kinda fluke play for probably a 10-point swing in their favor just to lose by 6 pts… it’s not lookin’ good for them.

    Third, GB wins by 9 pts (two scores– 19 pts and 3 scores without the muffed punt) if they kick a FG at the end of the game instead of taking a knee to run out the clock.

  36. truthserum4u says: Oct 27, 2011 2:46 AM

    childressrulz says:
    Oct 26, 2011 5:25 PM

    Lang might have accepted the apology but I will bet the Packers have something special in store for him in Lambeau. Take note cheap shot artists…did it help the queens win the game?

    ——————————————-

    This happened fairly early in the game; they had over half the game to do something “special” and they didn’t do it.

  37. truthserum4u says: Oct 27, 2011 3:20 AM

    Agree with stellarperformance’s take on the kick.

    While it wasn’t viscious, it was intentional though, no matter what Robison says. Robison even brings his leg over from the side of Lang to right in front of him. Lang’s claim that he wasn’t doing anything was bogus as well. He keeps walking towards Robison as he is on the ground. It almost looks like Lang must be giving Robison’s rear a few little nudges as he does so; although not worthy of a kick to the jewells.

    By the way, a helmet to helmet hit at the speed these guys play is far more dangerous and can cause far more long term affects than the type of kick displayed by Robison despite where it landed. $20 grand sounds about right.

  38. truthserum4u says: Oct 27, 2011 3:31 AM

    One more thing – did anyone else think the picture that accompanies this story was kind of funny? I know players sometimes talk between plays, but with their matching nonchalant poses as they appear to be waiting around seemed odd.

    “So, how did you spend your time during the lockout?”

    “Oh, took a nice cruise, did some chores around the house…”

  39. cshearing says: Oct 27, 2011 8:49 AM

    No problems with this fine, but in general: the NFLPA has to get fines changed so that they are a percentage of the player’s game check. A guy making $8M per and a guy making the league minimum paying the same fine for an action is ludicrous.

  40. pack13queens0 says: Oct 27, 2011 2:36 PM

    Punishment was not enough. If Goodell was going to let him off easy with a $20,000 fine, at least he could have suspended him as well. Queens fans, be thankful he got off easy.

  41. stavreafavre says: Oct 27, 2011 4:07 PM

    Punishment is about right when you couple it with the fact that he has to keep playing for that trainwreck team over in East Dakota. By the time they start to get that longship patched and bailed out, Peterson will be ready to hang it up and they’ll be calling LA or London or San Antonio home, most likely.

  42. favreblows says: Oct 27, 2011 10:26 PM

    Word is Paul Hargis found nothing wrong with Robison’s kick. He and his pals incorporated that into their dance routine at the Saloon years ago.

    Robison should have been suspended. Anybody that kicks a guy in the jewels….is a coward. They’ll get him back at Lambeau.

  43. supersuckers3 says: Oct 27, 2011 10:41 PM

    That was a unspeakable act and he should be out 4games and the checks that come with playing four games. Didn’t try to kick him there? He tried once and just glazed the nuts. Then he did it again. One time, maybe I’ll believe that but a second time after a near miss?? Pure BS.

  44. doorcountyvikes says: Oct 28, 2011 7:13 PM

    as I said in a prior post, the game of football brings out the competitive juices and emotions, I think the kick looked a lot worse than it was. Let’em play. As I also previously said Robison should not be fined. Flag, okay.

    Favreblows (get a new name already), obviously you’re a homer, but likely have never played a down of football in your life and wouldn’t understand this. I bet if it were a harder kick to you, it would have been a soft landing. You are the idiot saloon boy.

  45. favreblows says: Oct 28, 2011 8:57 PM

    doorcountyvikes says:Oct 28, 2011 7:13 PM

    as I said in a prior post, the game of football brings out the competitive juices and emotions, I think the kick looked a lot worse than it was. Let’em play. As I also previously said Robison should not be fined. Flag, okay.

    Favreblows (get a new name already), obviously you’re a homer, but likely have never played a down of football in your life and wouldn’t understand this. I bet if it were a harder kick to you, it would have been a soft landing. You are the idiot saloon boy.

    ***My God….the ignorance is dripping off the page. Let them play?? What the hell does that mean? Let them start kicking everybody in the nuts? Are you that f’n stupid? I guess the answer is yes.

    But apparently you have played some football in your life….so that means you know something. Listen here you moron….Chris Cook has played one hell of a lot of football in his life. And he just spent a number of days in the Hennepin County jail (exactly where he belongs). You know why? Because he’s a dirt bag and a moron.

    But hey!!! He knows a lot because he’s played the game of football.

    Congrats Doorcountyvikes. You are officially more stupid than Paul Hargis. No easy feat!

  46. doorcountyvikes says: Oct 29, 2011 9:45 PM

    FavreBlows – Your lack of appreciation to the competitiveness of a professional sport shows just how retarded you must be. Just because of a little kick you cry foul. It could have been way worse but it wasn’t. A personal foul is appropriate but a fine is over the top. Let them play ball and stop your whining.

  47. doorcountyvikes says: Oct 29, 2011 9:59 PM

    Favre is one of the all-time QBs ever! Give him some credit and respect. Favre blows as much as you probably blow your next door neighbor. Time you change your name from Favreblows to ARodgay. Vikes rule!

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