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Antonio Smith fined $21,000, Incognito not

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Texans defensive end Antonio Smith called Dolphins guard Richie Incognito dirty because, in part, Incognito twisted his ankle.  Incognito called Smith dirty because, as Incognito explains it, he was merely keeping Smith from recovering a loose ball — and Smith decided to kick Richie repeatedly in the head.

The league agrees with Incognito.

Smith said he has been fined $21,000, according to the Associated Press.

Of course, it’s possible that the league decided they’re both going to hell.  Incognito tells PFT via Twitter direct message (what a world we live in) that he has not been fined.

Regardless of what happens with Incognito, Smith is lucky he wasn’t suspended.  Those kicks to Incognito’s head area looked worse than the Ndamukong Suh pro wrestling arm stomp.

UPDATE 3:44 p.m. ET:  The league office has confirmed that Incognito was not fined.

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34 Responses to “Antonio Smith fined $21,000, Incognito not”
  1. xLith says: Sep 14, 2012 3:37 PM

    It’s hard to tell from the video if Incognito was actually doing much. However Antonio Smith doesn’t have a history of doing things like this and in the video looked to be panicking a bit.

  2. galvestontexans says: Sep 14, 2012 3:38 PM

    Sure he would rather pay $21k than have a messed up ankle. #GoTexans

  3. whitemike55 says: Sep 14, 2012 3:39 PM

    The Ninja was defending himself, it’s always the 2nd guy who gets caught.

    We know Incognito was guilty….

  4. phreakin says: Sep 14, 2012 3:43 PM

    Where’s all the anti Cognito people who said he was being dirty and it was “obvious” that Antonio Smith was just trying to “get away”?

  5. elmaxoh says: Sep 14, 2012 3:43 PM

    Enough with theses fake ref please … it’s getting annoying

  6. phreakin says: Sep 14, 2012 3:43 PM

    And before the pond people speak, yes that name misspelling was intentional

  7. restoretheroar2011 says: Sep 14, 2012 3:49 PM

    and yet we will still hear more about suhs stomp this year than anything a less talented player does.

  8. xLith says: Sep 14, 2012 3:50 PM

    Also he missed 2 days of practice this week due to a “sore ankle”. You be the judge.

  9. djmcba says: Sep 14, 2012 3:53 PM

    Incognito was holding on to his leg – that is all you can tell. Smith would try to get free (i.e. by kicking him repeatedly) regardless of whether he was wrenching on his leg, which you can absolutely not conclude from the tape.

    Ball hits the ground, everyone yells, “fumble,” Incognito stops his man from recovering it.

    Smith got lucky Incognito has a history of being dirty and went on the offensive to say he was protecting himself. Missing practice for an, “ankle injury,” helps avoid the suspension he probably should have gotten.

    Score one for Smith and the Texans. Actually, score two because they dominated my Fins.

  10. eventhorizon04 says: Sep 14, 2012 3:54 PM

    Tough situation.

    Everybody agrees that the video clearly shows Antonio Smith kicking Incognito, hence the fine.

    However, Smith says Incognito was twisting his ankle in order to break it, in which case he was defending himself by kicking Incognito away.

    However, while Incognito admits he was holding onto Smith’s foot to prevent him from recovering the fumble, he argues the shaking/twisting motion you see in the video is NOT him “trying to break Smith’s ankle” – it Incognito holding onto Smith as Smith shook his leg trying break free from Incognito’s grasp.

    The takeaway lesson for me is that the referees apparently didn’t see Incognito holding onto the ankle (which is a penalty even if he’s not twisting it), and the referees didn’t see Smith kicking Incognito (which could have been flagged as well)…so great job, refs…

  11. gottaplan says: Sep 14, 2012 3:54 PM

    The tape don’t lie! If every player who was being held started kicking the other player, it would be the ECF, not the NFL.

    Smith should know it’s always the retaliator that gets nabbed.

  12. canetic says: Sep 14, 2012 3:55 PM

    Good, he should have been ejected. He could have hurt Incognito with those violent kicks.

  13. kattykathy says: Sep 14, 2012 3:59 PM

    Yet Smith isn’t suspended for the season for “intent” to injure an opponent?

    Vilma gets suspended for a year for absolutely nothing on film, and no evidence, yet an obvious attempt to injure a player only gets fined $21,000?

    And Goodell is fair and has NO personal agenda at all huh?

  14. 1972wasalongtimeago says: Sep 14, 2012 4:00 PM

    So funny.

  15. flarebel says: Sep 14, 2012 4:01 PM

    Squeaky wheel gets the grease. Next time try less whining and just take your W.

  16. hardballtalkusername says: Sep 14, 2012 4:02 PM

    I know it’s easy to blame someone based on their history, we all do it frequently, but there isn’t enough evidence for me to be convinced Incognito was playing dirty here. I’m not saying he wasn’t but it is possible Smith, knowing Incognito’s reputation, overreacted in this situation. In the end, we’ll never really know I suppose.

  17. bsizemore68 says: Sep 14, 2012 4:11 PM

    The bottom line is Smith is a big baby, time to grow up dude, play without crying may get you more respect. Bill

  18. jagwar73 says: Sep 14, 2012 4:14 PM

    What do you expect from the Texans? Frauds!!

  19. thenmoveback says: Sep 14, 2012 4:23 PM

    Smith over reacted, incognito grabbed his leg but I dont see him twisting just holding on. Kicking a guy when ur wearing cleats is a different story.

  20. torontofalcon says: Sep 14, 2012 4:26 PM

    Ritchie needs to be put in witness protection lol, Smith aint gonna be happy with this…

  21. twyger says: Sep 14, 2012 4:27 PM

    xLith says: Sep 14, 2012 3:50 PM

    Also he missed 2 days of practice this week due to a “sore ankle”. You be the judge.

    ***************************************

    Yes. His RIGHT ankle. <— The one he was kicking Cog's neck and head with. Instant karma baby.

    Cog was clearly laying on Smith's (boy I bet I can use this guy reputation of receiving a lot of unsportsmanlike penalties three years ago – to avoid getting fined) LEFT leg.

    Judge that.

  22. smythbw87 says: Sep 14, 2012 4:29 PM

    I don’t know. I feel it is hard to buy Incognito’s story. It makes sense he would try and prevent him from getting the fumble, but when you watch the video, he is going to grab his leg before the ball is even out. Not only that, but Incognito doesn’t once look up from his leg. In my eyes, he clearly had intent on more than holding the man’s leg.

    I still don’t condone the act of kicking him in the head, but something triggered him to do that. And the fact that Incognito didn’t release him after being kicked really seems like he was doing something wrong.

  23. illwillthemick says: Sep 14, 2012 5:16 PM

    LOL @ anyone who thought incognito would get fined, they guy held a leg, the other guy was kicking him in the head over and over again!!!! and it was smith that was talking ish afterwards hahahahahahaha

  24. mrcogburn says: Sep 14, 2012 5:26 PM

    He shouldn’t have messed with Matt Foley.

  25. arlingtonsynn says: Sep 14, 2012 5:41 PM

    Well don’t worry Antonio… you can always pay Incognito back in the playoffs.

    Wait… what team does Richie play for again?

  26. annes22 says: Sep 14, 2012 5:55 PM

    What a shame that Antonio Smith got fined!! Go and appeal you “baby”. All your talking this week that Incognito did the damage, that isn’t what the NFL saw you “looser”. Incognito will win that war all day long, good job hurting “the baby”.

  27. sfsaintsfan says: Sep 14, 2012 6:12 PM

    This was intent to injure.

    He should be suspended for the year without pay.

  28. thelastpieceofcheese says: Sep 14, 2012 6:39 PM

    The NFL’s deep and thorough study and investigation of the play in question via modern video technology clearly vindicates Incognito, what every reasonable football fan knew.

    Notwithstanding the screams of the legions of banshees that allege to be football fans, Antonio Smith’s smear on the character and good sportsmanship of Incognito is typical of the real dirty players trying to deflect their crimes when caught red handed.

    In addition to his fine, Antonio should be suspended four games for smear and defamation of character.

  29. sclazo says: Sep 14, 2012 7:16 PM

    Looks to me Smith is the dirty player. Cowards always talk the loudest.

  30. hyzers says: Sep 14, 2012 7:39 PM

    Those kicks to Incognito’s head area looked worse than the Ndamukong Suh pro wrestling arm stomp.
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    lmao Pro wrestling arm stomp… That’s probably the best way I’ve heard it described. Kudos, Florio.

  31. drgreenstreak says: Sep 14, 2012 7:41 PM

    Incognito is a lying scumbag. That’s okay because somebody will get a bead on him and show him some retribution. Lowlife Incognito will feel the pain.

  32. lostsok says: Sep 14, 2012 8:39 PM

    Ha ha ha! Smith got fined for being a wimp!

  33. mrbigass says: Sep 14, 2012 8:45 PM

    The play was over, the whistle had blown and Incognito still held on to him for several seconds. I’d kick him in the head too…….

  34. miamatt says: Sep 15, 2012 10:30 AM

    Nice to see that punk crybaby Smith get the fine he deserved, and Incognito to be spared what could have been a kneejerk penalty.

    I understand St. Louis Rams fans holding a grudge, this guy directly cost that team at least a couple of games. But most people jumping to conclusions haven’t followed Incognito since then. You can lauigh at the Dolphins all you want, but he hasn’t been part of the problem since he signed there in 2010.

    For my money, the best lineman (offense and defense) are those that push being dirty right up to the line of being flagged, and stop right there. Incognito has learned where to draw that line so he doesn’t hurt his own team.

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