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Jerome Simpson won’t be fined for flopping

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We noted earlier in the week that Bengals receiver Jerome Simpson committed a flop so egregious that the NFL would have been justified in fining him.

But the league office has informed PFT that Simpson won’t be fined.

For those who haven’t seen the video of the flop yet, it’s worth watching. After pulling Browns linebacker Scott Fujita out of a pile, Simpson went flying when Fujita brushed into him. It was the kind of bush-league stunt that makes most Americans hate European soccer, but it was also pretty hilarious. And it was effective: The official threw a flag for a personal foul on Fujita, offsetting the personal foul on Simpson for yanking Fujita out of the pile.

Fujita won’t be fined, either, as it was obvious once the league office reviewed the tape that he didn’t really deserve to get called for a personal foul.

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44 Responses to “Jerome Simpson won’t be fined for flopping”
  1. captainwisdom8888 says: Dec 3, 2011 3:10 PM

    …and he won’t be gettin much props either.

  2. varavens410 says: Dec 3, 2011 3:12 PM

    soo instead he’ll win an oscar?

    what a putz

  3. cletusvandam says: Dec 3, 2011 3:12 PM

    He didn’t get in any trouble for having over TEN POUNDS of pot at his house either…

  4. ifyouthinkofgarbagethinkofakeem says: Dec 3, 2011 3:13 PM

    What an ASS!! Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahah….

  5. fin72 says: Dec 3, 2011 3:15 PM

    What the hell are you talking about?!? The film shows that Scott Fujita doesn’t know his own strength, and if somebody doesn’t get him under control he might kill somebody next time!!

  6. jimmylions says: Dec 3, 2011 3:17 PM

    This flop was so fake that even the physics nerds (and I use the word *nerd* with total affection) at Wired Magazine decided to analyze just how ridiculous it was to throw a flag.

    Wired’s conclusion was that if the ref’s call was correct then, “Clearly Fujita is a Jedi and using the Force to push Simpson.”

    http://www.wired.com/wiredscience/2011/11/was-this-nfl-flop-real-or-fake/

  7. Kya_Tropic_Fan says: Dec 3, 2011 3:17 PM

    It was SOOOO ridiculous that it makes it arguably the most hilarious thing on the football field in some time. However, the Official who threw the flag on that, should be forced to dress like a tree, also weating a Packers jersey, and placed on the side of the road in Portland at 1am

    I guess the good news is that while Simpson is on the football field, he isnt distributing drugs in the community

  8. voiceofrealism says: Dec 3, 2011 3:20 PM

    Congrats Simpson. You’ve gone from being a Bengal to just being a plain Pu$$y.

  9. veence69 says: Dec 3, 2011 3:25 PM

    Look for Jerome (and his ability to draw unwarranted penalty flags) to sign a tender with the Green Bay Packers this offseason.

    He’ll fit right in.

  10. vote4ronpaul2012 says: Dec 3, 2011 3:33 PM

    I’d rather see him get fined for the flop than see him get fined for having marijuana.

  11. lilrob10201 says: Dec 3, 2011 3:35 PM

    I think the refs should take responsible for calling such a bad penalty when he clearly diddent even see what happened.

  12. bravin4evr says: Dec 3, 2011 3:37 PM

    He shouldn’t be fined, the official who threw the flag should be fined!

  13. bigcatdaddy says: Dec 3, 2011 3:45 PM

    He didn’t do anything that any punter, kicker, or QB hasn’t done. He just made it look really, really good. In the NFL inches could be the difference between a win or loss so if you can get your team 15 yards that easy why the hell not. Yes I know it was an off setting penalty, so it saved his team 15. Some people are just mad cause their teams to stupid to pull it off. WHO DEY!

  14. cardmagnet says: Dec 3, 2011 3:51 PM

    Word is he has received multiple offers to join the NBA after that performance.

  15. ranksarot says: Dec 3, 2011 3:51 PM

    By not fining him, the NFL is condoning his behavior. I look forward to more comical flops in the coming weeks/months/years.

  16. Wolfgang Depner says: Dec 3, 2011 3:54 PM

    Hey, what happened to my longish post?

  17. Kaz says: Dec 3, 2011 3:55 PM

    Has a punter or qb ever been fined? Of course not. Hope you wasn’t holding your breath…

  18. mantastic54 says: Dec 3, 2011 4:00 PM

    He didn’t do anything that any punter, kicker, or QB hasn’t done. He just made it look really, really good. In the NFL inches could be the difference between a win or loss so if you can get your team 15 yards that easy why the hell not. Yes I know it was an off setting penalty, so it saved his team 15. Some people are just mad cause their teams to stupid to pull it off. WHO DEY!

    I agree, if they’re going to fine him, they should start throwing flags everytime a QB cries to the refs trying to get a roughing the passer flag

  19. Wolfgang Depner says: Dec 3, 2011 4:04 PM

    Well, let me try again. Comments like “(it) was the kind of bush-league stunt that makes most Americans hate European soccer” speak to the quality of reporting and commentary on this site. Soccer has never been more popular on television (ESPN, Fox and NBC are all heavily invested) or in the stands, as MLS recently surged ahead of NBA and NHL in per-game attendance. And if posters think soccer is wimpy, let me replay the synchronized flop from the Giants-Rams Monday Night Game. In soccer, they have would received yellow cards. Whose enforcement mechanism is soft here?

  20. macbull says: Dec 3, 2011 4:05 PM

    Can someone explain why the official threw a flag on Fujita if the Simpon’s acting job was so bogus?

    Are the NFL officials this bad?

    Any way you look at, Cleveland got screwed by the officials.

  21. fground says: Dec 3, 2011 4:08 PM

    the only way to get rid of diving or flopping in sports is to give massive fines upon video review. Such a system would pretty much eliminate it.

    It makes me sick that this crap is making it’s way into North American sports.

  22. johntonioholmes says: Dec 3, 2011 4:08 PM

    Why don’t they fine the official for completely blowing the call and making a judgement when he didn’t even see the play?

    Oh that’s right; the NFL is only interested in the appearance of accountability.

  23. kevpft says: Dec 3, 2011 4:14 PM

    “European soccer” might not be the best way to describe it. European pro leagues, maybe, but flopping varies a lot. You won’t see much of it in the Northern European national teams, but it’s more prevalent in the south (Spain, Italy) and, of course, utterly rampant in South America. I think everyone still remembers the truly embarrassing show the Brazilian women put on at the last Women’s World Cup.

    This kind of behavior shouldn’t get traction in the NFL, but we’re already seeing too many players shying away from contact to preserve themselves for later free agency. Taken along with the NFL’s tougher stance on violence, I could see more of this happening.

  24. bluemist says: Dec 3, 2011 4:39 PM

    Simpson looked like he had been shocked by a live wire. Obviously, Fujita shouldn’t have been penalized, but the flop itself was hilarious.

  25. ajdobson78 says: Dec 3, 2011 4:56 PM

    Sooooo then where is the official appology to the Browns then? No screw that where is the WIN they earned?

  26. bearsstillsuck says: Dec 3, 2011 6:17 PM

    I get that he faked it, but why would he get fined? is it against the rules? if he got away with it then good.for him.

  27. ktravp says: Dec 3, 2011 6:18 PM

    First, thank you PFT for getting the details right on this one. Too many sites have mentioned the foul that Simpson drew as offsetting WITHOUT mentioning that it was Simpson that committed the personal foul on Fujita in the first place.

    Second, I agree it was funny. It would be funnier if it was a backyard league of flag football, but this is the pros. Now that Simpson has managed to make the refs look foolish, don’t you think they’ll be looking to call everything on the Bengals and especially Simpson?

    I know Simpson’s production has been good in a few games this year. He has moments of unbelievable athleticism that are tempered by inexcusable drops. Ultimately he reminds me too much of past Bengal’s players. Between this flopping stunt, the pending marijuana investigation and his showboat 1st down celebrations I say his days with the Bengal’s should be numbered (i hope).

  28. kerc1986 says: Dec 3, 2011 6:42 PM

    That was hilarious u cant deny that remember ppl is a game

  29. Fantasy Football Legend says: Dec 3, 2011 6:57 PM

    I wish the NBA would fine those players for all the floppin they do.

  30. righteousaviator says: Dec 3, 2011 7:13 PM

    Yes it’s funny to watch. But, as the post notes, this is just the type of thing that makes MENS Soccer so frustrating. It is exactly why I prefer to watch womens soccer; well, that’s one of the reasons. People like this D-Bag make a mockery out of the sport. Fine? Heck no, he deserves a good caning.

  31. vincentbojackson says: Dec 3, 2011 7:54 PM

    This must have been what the Bengals saw in him when they wasted a second round pick on a guy they could have drafted in the sixth round.

  32. tinkletinkleonyourstar says: Dec 3, 2011 8:37 PM

    “It was the kind of bush-league stunt that makes most Americans hate European soccer,”
    _________________________________

    michael david smith, (who goes by all three names anyway) you my friend are a tool. and i don’t expect you to publish this as you and your croneys don’t publish anything that gets personal (but maybe you will now just to prove me wrong)
    why must you take shots at the most popular sport in the world for something that your favorite sport is participating in.
    it is very small of you.
    as i’ve said before, there is faking/exagerating in every sport in order to gain an advantage…
    -taking a charge in basketball rarely involves contact to the extent that the defender feins.
    -how many times have we seen lineman or receiver throw their arms in the air to draw the holding call.
    -and then there’s baseball, well nevermind that’s not a real sport anyway (they don’t play when it rains and they even cover up the field)

    our nfl has it’s flaws, no need to try to belittle other sports to make your point.

  33. jmat40 says: Dec 3, 2011 8:41 PM

    The WWE is offering Jerome Simpson a contract.

  34. jmat40 says: Dec 3, 2011 8:43 PM

    You’ll be seeing players flopping like fish this Sunday. No fines and the opponent gets a personal foul penalty. You can’t beat that!

  35. scott8nj says: Dec 3, 2011 8:58 PM

    If you didn’t see it – don’t call it! This is why 10 people seeing something happen have 10 different interpretations, AND why replay needs to be expanded.

  36. johnnyb1976 says: Dec 3, 2011 9:00 PM

    adobson78 ask your long snapper where the win went? That snap was way more bush league than simpsons flop. Gotta play 60 minutes not 30 that’s why the browns got beat

  37. peytonsneck18 says: Dec 3, 2011 10:37 PM

    Vlade Divoc wants to use that video to teach foreign ball players the art of flopping

  38. clbrett06 says: Dec 3, 2011 11:20 PM

    the embarrassment was enough

  39. dougy1970 says: Dec 4, 2011 12:06 AM

    Clay Mathews flops like that every week. He snaps his neck back and flails and arm to create the impression that he is being held.

  40. riverhorsey says: Dec 4, 2011 12:16 AM

    loved the leg kick, g1 Simpson

  41. drakost says: Dec 4, 2011 12:17 AM

    Bush or not… That is some funny shiat there

  42. 1265lombardiave says: Dec 4, 2011 2:21 AM

    @veence69 silly fool..the Packers don’t sign free agents.

    And I love how every flag thrown on a Packer opponent is bogus but every flag tossed on a Packer is right on. Maybe the Packers are just well coached and disciplined?
    LOL….this whole flag thing is just so damn funny. Every fan thinks HIS team is picked on and the other team is always ‘let off the hook’ when in reality it’s neither…….Except for Seattle in Super Bowls.

  43. tapochau says: Dec 4, 2011 4:32 AM

    earlier in the season, i changed the name of my fantasy team to “Simpson’s Stash” and since then, i have zoomed to the top…. just sayin!

  44. joetoronto says: Dec 4, 2011 5:52 AM

    ranksarot says: Dec 3, 2011 3:51 PM

    By not fining him, the NFL is condoning his behavior. I look forward to more comical flops in the coming weeks/months/years.
    *************************************************
    Exactly. This is what allot of people here don’t seem to understand.

    If you don’t nip it in the bud, you end up with the same crap that’s happening in soccer.

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