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Kenny Phillips fined $30,000 for hit on Vincent Jackson

New York Giants Kenny Phillips knocks down Tampa Bay Buccaneers Vincent Jackson breaking up pass in NFL game in East Rutherford Reuters

In the biggest fine for on-field misconduct that the NFL has handed down so far this season, Giants safety Kenny Phillips has been docked $30,000 for a helmet-to-helmet hit on Buccaneers receiver Vincent Jackson.

It was a brutal hit while Jackson was in a defenseless posture, and it’s not surprising that it resulted in a hefty fine. Phillips was fined three times last season for hits to defenseless receivers, and he said after the third fine that he doesn’t plan to change the way he plays.

And so the fines keep coming. If Phillips doesn’t get the message soon, the NFL may resort to a suspension.

Now the question is what the NFL plans to do about the replacement officials who let Phillips’ hit go.

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34 Responses to “Kenny Phillips fined $30,000 for hit on Vincent Jackson”
  1. blacknole08 says: Sep 21, 2012 4:21 PM

    I cringed when I saw the hit on Jackson live. How the refs didn’t throw a flag afterwards still baffles me.

  2. onebucplace says: Sep 21, 2012 4:26 PM

    Yeah but what about that last play of the game where Eli almost got touched, but didn’t, all because the Bucs wouldn’t stop playing in a one score game. The Bucs should get fined $1,000,000,000,000 for doing something like playing the entire 60-mins. I can’t to see the fines come in from the Carolina game where the game was over in the 1st quarter yet the Panthers were still playing, that’s just disrespectful – someone could get hurt. Everybody knows that if the Giants have a lead in the game it needs to END. Safety first ladies!

  3. joeytorontosucks says: Sep 21, 2012 4:31 PM

    The league only need 1,344,538 more $$ to get the referees back now.

  4. artvan15 says: Sep 21, 2012 4:34 PM

    Stop blaming the refs. The media is always bringing up the refs trying to stir the pot. The fine took care of the issue.

  5. Mr. Wright 212 says: Sep 21, 2012 4:34 PM

    Terrible.

    Clean hit. Vicious? Yes. It’s football. Enough with the defenseless nonsense. What is he supposed to do? Wait until he catches the ball and run past him before he hits him?

  6. truthandhope says: Sep 21, 2012 4:36 PM

    Good for the league. How about the hit on Fred Davis in the Rams game? Just about the same.

    About the replacement refs, this kind of thing is exactly what level-headed people have been trying to warn against. Shouldn’t a hit like this the Fred Davis results in a drop and not a fumble by definition be a hit on a defenseless receiver? If the player has secured the pass and made a football move than it should be a fumble if the player takes a hit hard enough to dislodge the ball, also the definition of a legal hit. Defenseless receivers have not secured the ball or made a football move. And we’re asking guys (and gals) with Lingerie League experience to know the difference and protect the players. All those who are going to carp about how “this is football” are wrong. The rules prohibit deliberately injuring players. A fine won’t bring back an injured player or prevent such things like penalties and ejections.

  7. Mr. Wright 212 says: Sep 21, 2012 4:36 PM

    onebucplace says: Sep 21, 2012 4:26 PM

    Yeah but what about that last play of the game where Eli almost got touched, but didn’t, all because the Bucs wouldn’t stop playing in a one score game. The Bucs should get fined $1,000,000,000,000 for doing something like playing the entire 60-mins. I can’t to see the fines come in from the Carolina game where the game was over in the 1st quarter yet the Panthers were still playing, that’s just disrespectful – someone could get hurt. Everybody knows that if the Giants have a lead in the game it needs to END. Safety first ladies!
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    You’ve been whining all week. Focus on Dallas. If not for the tips Sully and Sheridan gave you, we would have won in similar fashion to what we did to Carolina last night. Will you please act like a man? You keep referring to Giants players, coaches and fans as “ladies”, but you’re bellyaching like a premenstrual woman every time a Giants story comes up, as if you weren’t lucky to be in the game TO BEGIN WITH.

  8. ibreathefootball says: Sep 21, 2012 4:36 PM

    Where does all of the fine money go to? And what’s wrong with hitting someone in their safety protective helmet instead of tearing their knees out and not allowing them to play another down again? Fire Goodell please, and it’ll be less sissified!

  9. truthandhope says: Sep 21, 2012 4:44 PM

    The league also needs to police the coaches. Why stop at the Saints? All teams should be monitored and punished if found to promote rule breaking that puts other players at risk of injury.

  10. jaymc1988 says: Sep 21, 2012 4:46 PM

    i hate what the nfl has become its sickening. between that hit and golden tates hit they were just monsterous nfl plays.. obv you wouldnt let your qb get tackled while hes running and KP obviously wont wait for vjax to catch the ball, get a first down thennn hit him. its ridicilous.

  11. dusterman63 says: Sep 21, 2012 4:47 PM

    we’ve been waiting for an official’s call or non-call that might affect the outcome of a game. we’ll never know what a 15 yard personal foul penalty might have done to help score a touchdown for the Bucs. Could have totally changed the outcome of the game as far as I’m concerned. GODDELL lose these sorry refs. and do whatever you need to to get the real refs back. they certainly would have called that (and probably many more) foul. Obvious example of player safety being compromised that you constantly harp on.

  12. justintuckrule says: Sep 21, 2012 4:47 PM

    Weak…You fine a player $30K even though the other player knew he was going to get leveled but you don’t fine anyone for cowardly diving at unsuspecting players knees on a formality play.

    That makes as much sense as crying “player safety” yet officiating games with FF fans. Oh wait…

  13. jaymc1988 says: Sep 21, 2012 4:48 PM

    once fantasy football starts to plateau its over for the nfl..i thnk the only thing that keeps nfl at its top is bec of fantasy. noones going to want to watch a watered-down product consisting of pulling flags out of the opponents hip pocket..i can do that in my backyard for free and get some excerise lol

  14. onebucplace says: Sep 21, 2012 4:51 PM

    Mr. Wright 212 – Sorry Miss, didn’t mean to get you all upset.

  15. Mr. Wright 212 says: Sep 21, 2012 4:52 PM

    In other news, I love to see how Kenny is flying to the ball these days. I’ll take this nonsense, which they fine him for once a month, over playing deep centerfield like he was when he initially came back from injury.

  16. Mr. Wright 212 says: Sep 21, 2012 4:56 PM

    justintuckrule says: Sep 21, 2012 4:47 PM

    Weak…You fine a player $30K even though the other player knew he was going to get leveled but you don’t fine anyone for cowardly diving at unsuspecting players knees on a formality play.

    That makes as much sense as crying “player safety” yet officiating games with FF fans. Oh wait…
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    Worse yet, they not only didn’t fine the Bucs, but they fined Boothe and Baas for REACTING to getting their knees dived at.

  17. Mr. Wright 212 says: Sep 21, 2012 4:57 PM

    onebucplace says: Sep 21, 2012 4:51 PM

    Mr. Wright 212 – Sorry Miss, didn’t mean to get you all upset.
    ————

    Amused is the proper superlative. We won, remember? And won again last night, remember?

    You embarrass yourself. You don’t have the capability to get my upset online, son.

  18. Mr. Wright 212 says: Sep 21, 2012 4:58 PM

    dusterman63 says: Sep 21, 2012 4:47 PM

    we’ve been waiting for an official’s call or non-call that might affect the outcome of a game. we’ll never know what a 15 yard personal foul penalty might have done to help score a touchdown for the Bucs. Could have totally changed the outcome of the game as far as I’m concerned. GODDELL lose these sorry refs. and do whatever you need to to get the real refs back. they certainly would have called that (and probably many more) foul. Obvious example of player safety being compromised that you constantly harp on.
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    Or how the false start that would have had them in 3rd and long on the drive that they tied the game at 34 would have affected the outcome of that drive?

    Please. The hit was clean, and as had been the case other than the short fields due to INTs, the Bucs were NOT moving the ball on the Giants until no huddle late in the game.

  19. Stiller43 says: Sep 21, 2012 5:04 PM

    “Now the question is what the NFL plans to do about the replacement officials who let Phillips’ hit go.”

    …the same thing that happens to regular refs who badly miss calls? Theyre back out there the next week

  20. bucsnsincity says: Sep 21, 2012 5:16 PM

    @ Mr. Wright 212….

    Apparently the giants can do no wrong… Helmet to helmet hit legal, knees to players head ok. You are a true fan, blind as hell but a true fan!

  21. youngry says: Sep 21, 2012 5:21 PM

    “The hit was clean” Please. Yea that’s why he got fined $30k. Take off your blue colored glasses and realize the refs gave the Giants a huge gift not throwing the flag there and also on Doug Martins run on the sideline when his helmet was clearly ripped to the side by the facemask. Both would have been massive first downs that could have completely changed the complexion of the game.

    There was also the other time when the Giants punt rush clearly knocked ran into our punter with no flag thrown but I digress.

  22. situsavaisprier says: Sep 21, 2012 5:34 PM

    For me I thought the hit was a clean hard hit and he was trying to play defense and prevent a catch. The fine happened…ok it happened.

    What I am trying to understand is why is Phillips fined $30,000 for his hit that simply left Jackson without that reception, while Mason Foster gets fined $21,000 for hitting Domenik Hixon in the back of his head, giving him a concussion?

  23. ripseau says: Sep 21, 2012 5:37 PM

    How about going back to leather helmets? That way they learn to form tackle. All this padding is ridiculous because your brain still gets raddled and youre not really feeling it till iys too late. Maybe leather helmets arent the answer but the excess padding is just not natural.
    Same thing with boxing and mma. What ufc fighter is all brain damaged up right now? The natural defense to a hard hit is to b knocked unconscious. When we try to defend being knocked out then were messing with nature and nad things start happening to the brain

  24. brian32556 says: Sep 21, 2012 5:46 PM

    I’m a Giant’s fan and I couldn’t believe they didn’t flag that. My biggest fear is if he keeps hitting other teams’ receivers, somebody is gonna take out one of ours!

  25. 2ndaryinsanity says: Sep 21, 2012 5:59 PM

    @mrwright212… don’t offend pre-PMS women by comparing us to onebucplace! He complains and whines more than we do!! ;o)
    ————————————
    The issue isn’t whether or not you agree with the rule(s) regarding defensless receivers. It IS a rule….get used to it because it isn’t going away. The players know what they can/can’t do. Some chose to do it anyway. They should be fined. Those players who continue doing it are thumbing their nose at the rules…and should be suspended.
    The replacement ref’s are not doing a very good job of enforcing illegal hits…players are getting away with fouls during and after plays. This IS becoming an issue of player safety.
    Roger Goodell is a hypocrite….if the NFL is serious about player safety they’d bring back the regular ref’s. He is also insulting every single fan when he says that the replacement ref’s are doing a good job. Anyone who doesn’t have impaired vision can see what a joke this has become.

  26. dolfanatik says: Sep 21, 2012 6:01 PM

    If I was an owner. I’d pay all my players fines for good hard defensive hits. And I’m sure that’s why players aren’t reframing from that brutal style of play. Their billionaire bosses have a special fund allocated to plays like Phillips in Vincent.

  27. kev86 says: Sep 21, 2012 6:32 PM

    That shot was worth more than the fine. Energized the entire stadium (I was there) and next play was an INT. Giants put up points like in a video game soon after.

    Nice hit Kenny P. looked clean to me. Mara should pick up the tab ( I would if I could).

    Go Blue!!!

  28. playin2x says: Sep 21, 2012 6:43 PM

    Jenkins hit on Davis which caused an concussion wasn’t even Half this..

  29. broncosnative says: Sep 21, 2012 6:46 PM

    Geez forget the arrest meter, they should put up a fine meter and show the amounts handed out for the week. Isn’t that over $200,000 worth fines handed out already and we’re only just starting week three.

  30. aljack88 says: Sep 21, 2012 6:56 PM

    ” playing the entire 60-mins”

    In 5 years time, the criticism has gone from a team playing offense for the full 60 minutes (running up the score crying) to where the team that opts not to is now being criticised. Is Schiano “tough” enough to handle an opponent’s last second TD pass while on the losing end of a lopsided score? Will he shake the hand of the opposing coach at the end of the game, pat him on the back and give him praises for getting that last TD in before time ran out even though they were ahead by 4 or 5 TDs?

  31. shaggyjeff says: Sep 21, 2012 7:22 PM

    should fine the replacement refs for missing call….oh wait ..

  32. cooklynn17 says: Sep 21, 2012 8:45 PM

    Totally Worth It.

  33. Mr. Wright 212 says: Sep 21, 2012 10:40 PM

    All these pantywaists on here whining about Ken’s hit embarrass me as a man.

  34. bkostela says: Sep 23, 2012 8:37 AM

    the hit was incredible no doubt – i jumped up off my couch and was running around the living room on my knuckles like planet of the apes for another 30 seconds – but in todays NFL deserves a flag and fine, unfortunately. the giants got away with one there (no flag).

    can the bucs fans stop whining please? you lost. who cares what you did/didn’t do on the last play, because that didn’t work either. maybe your coach should have had legarrette blount sucker-punch one of the giants during the post game prayer, that would have sent the message. besides, its all blount is good for anyway. talk about a one hit wonder…

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