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Pair of Panthers pick up stiff fines

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The unexpected win by the Panthers over the Redskins came with a price.  Sort of.

Two defensive players were slapped by the league office for illegal hits.

Defensive end Greg Hardy (pictured) was fined $15,750 for striking Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III in the head.  Also, safety Haruki Nakamura received a $21,000 fine for striking receiver Joshua Morgan in the head at a time when he was defenseless.  Both acts were flagged during Carolina’s win over Washington.

All fines are subject to appeal.  If upheld, the money is withheld from the player’s paycheck, and the cash goes to a variety of league charities.

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10 Responses to “Pair of Panthers pick up stiff fines”
  1. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Nov 9, 2012 5:52 PM

    Bad play by Hardy on the penalty but he has been playing his butt off lately. His aggressive play was much needed to add energy to the defense.

  2. jwreck says: Nov 9, 2012 5:58 PM

    Like getting a $20 parking ticket on your new Porsche- huge win for the Panthers.

  3. catman72 says: Nov 9, 2012 6:02 PM

    Seriously, it’s become flag football… these are grown men and they all understand the risks they are taking, let them play.

  4. jwreck says: Nov 9, 2012 6:19 PM

    catman72 says: Nov 9, 2012 6:02 PM

    Seriously, it’s become flag football… these are grown men and they all understand the risks they are taking, let them play.
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    I agree with that statement nine out of ten times, but look at the picture, bro. That has been illegal since the invention of the facemask. This is not ‘Nam, Smokey, this is football, there are rules.

  5. delhommed says: Nov 9, 2012 6:28 PM

    Love the National Flag Football League these days. Completely surprised they didn’t fine Thomas Davis for the hit he put on RGIII on the sideline… clean hit but he got a personal foul. BS!

  6. jwreck says: Nov 9, 2012 6:48 PM

    delhommed says: Nov 9, 2012 6:28 PM

    Love the National Flag Football League these days. Completely surprised they didn’t fine Thomas Davis for the hit he put on RGIII on the sideline… clean hit but he got a personal foul. BS!
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    The reason he was flagged is because of Griffin’s intention on the play. The Third was not out of bounds yet, so technically it was a legal hit, but if you hit a quarterback attempting to scramble out of bounds in today’s NFL you are going to draw a flag. Whether that’s a good thing or a bad thing is a matter of opinion, but a hit like that is always going to draw a flag nowadays.

  7. montsta says: Nov 9, 2012 7:47 PM

    Yeah funny they didn’t flag Thomas Davis for the illegal hit on RG3 while out of bounds. He kept pleading with the officials saying that Griffin was well inside the white when TD sent his ass flying. No fine from the league office means TD was right.

  8. ifyouthinkofgarbagethinkofakeem says: Nov 9, 2012 10:14 PM

    STEELERS SUCKED GO TEXANS

  9. keeppounding says: Nov 9, 2012 10:16 PM

    Morgan was falling forward and Haruki could have used his helmet but used his shoulder instead. It happened so fast I get the penalty. But what’s he supposed to do? Just let him catch it over the middle. Hey Mr. Morgan let me know when you catch it because I would hate to hit you too hard. I always loved that about football, like go ahead and come across the middle if you dare, that’s what separates the men from the boys I hate how soft it’s gotten. 21,000 is extreme I don’t care who you are a lot of people don’t make that in a year. Especially on a play like that over the middle. It could have been a lot worse is all I’m saying.

    Hardy, I like the aggressiveness but on third down with and the ball out that was just dumb. We had them stopped in their endzone and could have had great field position. Plays like that really hurt us. Do that cheap stuff on 1st down not 3rd.

  10. panthers34 says: Nov 9, 2012 10:28 PM

    Surprised Hardy was fined, wasnt exactly a Deacon Jones head slap.

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