Curtis Lofton fined $15K, six Saints fined $5K

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The hit that inspired the Jon Gruden-Mike Pereira dustup led to a $15,000 fine this week, while the league office played the Grinch to six Saints who showed too much Christmas cheer.

Falcons linebacker Curtis Lofton was fined $15,000 for unnecessary roughness for striking a defenseless player in the head and neck area, the league office confirmed to PFT today. That hit on Saints receiver Marques Colston had Gruden ripping the officials in the ESPN booth, and Pereira ripping Gruden for not knowing the rules. In the end, the league office says the penalty was the right call.

Meanwhile, the NFL cracked down on several Saints for uniform violations: Colston, Devery Henderson, Robert Meachem, Lance Moore, Tracy Porter and Pierre Thomas were each fined $5,000 because they all wore red and green tape.

Thomas was also fined $7,500 for unsportsmanlike conduct for putting a bow on the football to celebrate a touchdown.

28 responses to “Curtis Lofton fined $15K, six Saints fined $5K

  1. The whole league should where some illegal color tape on their uniforms one week as a protest to Goodells rules.

    The league would be embarrassed with having to tell the media that every single player in the league was fined for wearing an illegal uniform – Especially if it was incredibly minor and barely noticeable.

    They would put the league in a tough spot, and I WOULD LAUGH!

  2. God forbid anyone in the NFL can have some fun. Using cell phones and Sharpies is bush, but putting a bow on a football the day before Christmas after you score is just plain funny.
    As STUPID as this fine is, it was money well spent.

  3. I get the helmet-to-helmet aspect of this….but all this defenseless receiver stuff is getting ridiculous.

  4. Really? They are able to wear pink for breast cancer awareness month but cant wear red and green tape for Christmas? Doesn’t make too much sense to me.

  5. Fined for Christmas cheer. Hmmm. Would they have the nads to fine a Muslim player showing support for Allah? Yeah, I thought not.

  6. I amazes me still how few people know what Roger Goodell does for a living.

    I call these people know-nothings

    You know nothing outs there, try to understand this.

    Roger
    Goodell

    Has never
    EVER

    Made a NFL rule.
    He is NOT part of the rules committee headed by RICH MCKAY.

    He enforces the rules he is told to enforce by the owners and rules committee.

    Every time you cry about Goodell you look the fool.

  7. These defensive players need to start negotiated these fines into their contract. I would try to break the bank because these fines are part of the game like touchdowns. The National Fine League is fining everything from celebrations to hard tackling.

  8. No Fun League at its best. We’ll tell you what colors you can wear and when you can wear them. Godell sucks.

  9. New Rick Perry campaign video:

    “I’m not afraid to admit that I’m an NFL fan, but it doesn’t stop just by watching the game at home on Sunday mornings. When players are encouraged to openly wear pink on game day, and Christmas colors are frowned upon— somethings wrong with this picture… I’ll work hard to restore the Christian principles that made the NFL so strong.”

  10. My understanding is that all fines go to NFL charities. What is the total so far this year? Who specifically does it go to? What percentage of every dollar goes to these charities as opposed to administrative cost? And more pointedly, who’s spouses, in-laws, friends, neighbors and alter ego’s are collecting salaries on boards of said charities?

  11. The NFL owners are trying to get the money back they lost during the lockout negotiations with the stupidest fines possible.

  12. yettyskills says: Dec 30, 2011 3:07 PM

    “He enforces the rules he is told to enforce by the owners and rules committee.

    Every time you cry about Goodell you look the fool.”

    He enforces the rules inconsistently.

  13. Breast Cancer Awareness gear gets a pass because the league thought ahead and MERCHANDISED for that … can’t allow expressing support for a cause unless there’s money to be made!

  14. If Dick Butkus, Mike Singletary or Jack Lambert played today, they would have had to pay to play with all these ridiculous fines the NFL impose.

    I don’t recall a problem during their careers, 60’s 70’s and early 80’s. They brought great excitement to the game and total fear to the opposing players…it’s what made the game so great.

    NFL, stop with the nonsensical fines and let the players play. A professional football player is quite aware of what is within the rules or guidelines of legal hits and tackles. It’s a volatile game with split second decisions at a fast moving pace.

    Let it be !!!

  15. If anyone thought they weren’t going to be fined…I don’t know what to tell you.

    The pink stuff for breast cancer awareness is league approved.

    League approved= no fine

    not league approved=fine

    Earl Bennett’s shoes, not league approved. = fine

    Keep belly aching though.

    allowing even small modifications is a slippery slope, and would result in a lot of grey area “ok green and red is okay with 5 days of chistmas, cannot be neon green, etc…”

    In a lot of industries, you show up not wearing the correct uniform You get sent home without pay. Imagine if the NFL did that

  16. tommytd says:Dec 30, 2011 3:11 PM

    No Fun League at its best. We’ll tell you what colors you can wear and when you can wear them. Godell sucks.

    ——————————————————

    this might be one of the dumbest things i have ever read.

    “wahhh, they also have to wear the same number every game, wahhh”

  17. cullenand99 says: Dec 30, 2011 2:50 PM Really? They are able to wear pink for breast cancer awareness month but cant wear red and green tape for Christmas? Doesn’t make too much sense to me.

    ———————————————–

    “Rabble! They are declaring war on Christmas and they toookkrrrrrr Jobbbs…..”

  18. Here is a clue folks the folks who supply the unforms pay big bucks to do so.
    The players are paid big bucks to wear them can you guess how silly a team would look if every hoodrat in the NFL could do what ever they wanted to the uniforms

    Its called rules for those of with jobs we understand what rules are and follow them hence we keep our jobs and get paid.

    Why so many of you have an issue with rules and following them is beyond me
    Of course I guess the gas station does not care what you wear to work

  19. really?

    the fans loved the red and green…. and the bow on the ball.

    if anything, fun things like this help the NFL’s ratings. why fine players for it?

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