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Emmanuel Sanders angry with NFL, plans to appeal fake injury fine

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Steelers receiver Emmanuel Sanders obviously faked an injury to give his team a free timeout in Week Seven against the Bengals, and as a result the NFL has fined him $15,000. That’s not a particularly stiff fine by the standards of NFL rules violations, but Sanders is still unhappy.

The Associated Press reports that Sanders is angry at the NFL for fining him, and he will appeal the fine.

“We’re going to appeal it, and that’s it,” Sanders said. “I don’t know what they were trying to do, but that’s not for me to think about. We’re just going to appeal it, and we’ll deal with it then. I don’t know who we have to appeal it to, but I’m talking with my agent and the NFLPA to find out just how we have to go about appealing it.”

It’s hard to swallow Sanders’ claim that he doesn’t know what the NFL was trying to do, because the NFL made it clear when it fined Sanders exactly what it’s trying to do: The NFL is trying to stop players from faking injuries to get free timeouts.

And because Sanders blatantly faked an injury to get a free timeout, the honorable thing for Sanders to do would be to accept his fine and move on. Then again, an honorable person wouldn’t fake an injury in the first place.

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49 Responses to “Emmanuel Sanders angry with NFL, plans to appeal fake injury fine”
  1. kepickle says: Nov 11, 2012 7:25 AM

    all the Respect many had for the Steelers over the yrs just left they should suspend Sanders for at least 4 games

  2. FinFan68 says: Nov 11, 2012 7:27 AM

    His attitude is exactly why many fans can’t stand Vilma any more. Everybody knows Sanders faked the injury but Sanders knows it is impossible to prove it 100% so he feels slighted. He seems to think that if you can’t prove it 100% then it never happened at all. That’s a bunch of BS and shows he has a warped sense of reality. To quote several posters on the bountygate: “Just shut up and take your punishment like a man”

  3. guppies66 says: Nov 11, 2012 7:30 AM

    The NFLPA has ruined the league.

  4. kepickle says: Nov 11, 2012 7:36 AM

    in fact I think the NFL should do more i see this as the same as paying extra to hurt players

  5. sweetzinger says: Nov 11, 2012 7:45 AM

    So, what do you do if your coach tells you to do it?

  6. wte1 says: Nov 11, 2012 7:45 AM

    I like Mike Tomlin. I think he’s a terrific HC.

    It’s too bad his team is a bunch of crybabies, punks and cheaters.

  7. waterboy420 says: Nov 11, 2012 7:48 AM

    One of the best articles you have done in a while comrade Florio. I mean faking injuries is what the girls use to do in p.e. on dodgeball day. Why am I not supprised that the nflpa and some nfl players think its ok for grown men to act like grade school girls. Difference is these shmo’s are being paid millions to play a game but just like the grade school girls the nflpa and some players would rather tap out than do their jobs. Classy.

  8. jimnaizeeum says: Nov 11, 2012 7:49 AM

    “I don’t know what they were trying to do, but that’s not for me to think about.

    Yo Manny, what they are trying to do is stop players from faking injuries to give their team an unfair advantage…especially when the fake is as blatant as yours.

  9. pittsburghiron says: Nov 11, 2012 7:53 AM

    I know I am going to get flamed for this, but there is no way to prove it he did or did not have a cramp three weeks ago. I do physical work everyday, and I know when I get a cramp it hurts like hell. And then its gone. There is no way to prove if you had it or not two weeks later. Maybe he did, maybe he didn’t,I am not going to pass judgement on what I do not know. As for the comment on the Steelers suspending him is just a ludicrous statement in itself. If he didn’t have a cramp the last thing the Steelers are going to do is suspend a guy for helping the team getting the clock stopped at a crucial time. I do believe however that the idea of fining the team as well does hopefully curtail these things. That is why they fined the player and the team. As for the appeal goes, that’s pretty much standard procedure for any fine these days. Especially since there is no way to prove or disprove the cramp. If this was a case in any court of law, there would be nothing, simply because of lack of proof. But In Roger GODell’s land of the law, proof means nothing……….so regardless the appeal is justified………

  10. randomguy9999 says: Nov 11, 2012 7:53 AM

    the NFL has been saying since off season they would crack down on obvious fake injuries, so he’s got no reason to whine…

    the real problem is that every player who is disciplined wants to appeal, sue, and whine in the media about how unfair it is, even though they got caught outright…. nobody ever did it….. it’s bs

  11. steelersownyou says: Nov 11, 2012 7:55 AM

    Was absolutely honorable. He went down cause ben was shakin up on the play. He protected his Qb. Ben needed a minute to shake it off. That was a crucial moment. 3rd down was coming up and that should of been on “nfl turning point” I loved it. Teams been flopping for years, but difference is when it’s the greatest organization in all of sports its viewed as wrong. Haters gonna hate, but we gonna keep on winning, and theres absolutely none of you can do to stop it… Steelers are a runaway train! And we will continue to win by any means necessary. So soak it in haters. Uhhhh the sweet taste of victory!

  12. football025 says: Nov 11, 2012 7:57 AM

    Kepickle you act like the steelers are the only team to do this. Faking injuries has been done by every team not just the steelers. I do agree sanders was faking but who is goodell to say that he didnt really have a cramp

  13. tdrundmc says: Nov 11, 2012 8:06 AM

    Sanders is a moron. It was so obvious he faked the injury. Pay the fine and move on.

  14. ahs2 says: Nov 11, 2012 8:06 AM

    Well said!! Just take your medicine and move on otherwise join a hockey or soccer team if you want to be a dramatic actor.

  15. kacapaco says: Nov 11, 2012 8:09 AM

    And the a’hole union will agree with him and call the league.

  16. dennisatunity says: Nov 11, 2012 8:10 AM

    Sanders, shut up and move on. If I were the head of the League, you would be banned for the rest of the season. One more time after that and you would be banned for life. There are a lot of bad things the League ends up putting up with, but blatant, obvious cheating that gives your team an extra timeout is not one of them. Have fake injuries happened before? Of course. Does the fact that cheating has happened before somehow make it right? Absolutely not.

  17. bharr170 says: Nov 11, 2012 8:11 AM

    You do the crime, you pay the fine.

  18. filthymcnasty1 says: Nov 11, 2012 8:14 AM

    Does this mean he won’t be getting an Emmy?

  19. Patriot42 says: Nov 11, 2012 8:16 AM

    The unions around the country believes they have a right to ignore rules and regulation because it puts a hardship on their members to follow them. I think Sanders knew exactly what he was doing and knew it was against the rules to fake an injury but thinks the union will back him up.

  20. ridgeavenuehr says: Nov 11, 2012 8:19 AM

    Hey, the man has to eat!

  21. jaypell says: Nov 11, 2012 8:30 AM

    The refs couldn’t stop the Steelers with bad calls…why should we back down to the league office…the Steelers are the most lawful team in the nfl

  22. millertime30 says: Nov 11, 2012 8:38 AM

    ahs2 says: Nov 11, 2012 8:06 AM

    “Well said!! Just take your medicine and move on otherwise join a hockey or soccer team if you want to be a dramatic actor.”

    ..Because hockey players aren’t notoriously tough enough for you? playing on a sheet of solid ice, punching faces and whatnot… how soft, right?

  23. millertime30 says: Nov 11, 2012 8:40 AM

    Also.. if i remember correctly.. this incident was not fined.. just for the record..

  24. millertime30 says: Nov 11, 2012 8:44 AM

    And here’s the link the the PFT story related the the video above. http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2011/09/21/deon-grant-claims-he-wasnt-faking/

    2 Giants went down at the same time faking injuries to stop the clock. it was disgusting. nobody was fined, though.

  25. jamiebuf12 says: Nov 11, 2012 8:45 AM

    change the rules so that if a player leaves with a injury they can’t come back untill the next possession instead of one play..i imagine that would end that right there………..

  26. tluke25 says: Nov 11, 2012 9:00 AM

    I think the NFL has gone about this the wrong way. Another case of them taking action without having physical proof.

    If Sanders was pulled into the court of law with a judge and jury, he walks. In fact, it never would have gotten to court because a judge would have thrown it out. There is absolutely no way of proving that he did not have a cramp.

    Do I believe he had a cramp? No. I don’t believe the Saints were a 100 percent clean football team either, but regardless, if you take legal action against a team, you need to have all your ducks lined up properly with compelling evidence in hand. You can’t take action against people based on hunches and speculation, I’m just worried that one of these times it’s going to backfire against the NFL in a really bad way.

  27. steellady says: Nov 11, 2012 9:03 AM

    Yep Patriot42..Just like Belichick knew exactly what he was doing in Spygate..but since him n goodell were buddies and Kraft has the money he did it regardless.

    Its frustrating when players get in trouble for something Goodell “THINKS” could of happened but when things really do happen it slids under the rug. Its sooooo inconsistent.

  28. steellady says: Nov 11, 2012 9:05 AM

    Cruz’s bruised ribs should did heal very fast last week too i might add.. LOL @ bruised ribs on what the NFL officials called a helmet to helmet hit.LOL!!!

  29. otrd13 says: Nov 11, 2012 9:07 AM

    Why are you so insulted by this? Every team talks about it and uses it when they need it, you just dont always notice it bc they do a good job of hiding it. Faking a cramp to rest your players is standard practice in rugby as well. He made it to obvious and he got fined. In baseball we use pine tar, vasoline, and steal signs. Who are you Smith and all of these commentors to pretend for one second that they wouldnt do exactly the same?? Its just plain and simple not a big deal.

  30. joejacks says: Nov 11, 2012 9:07 AM

    The NFL and God-del is a total joke. I have been a fan since the 70s. There is no consistency with anything. Sanders did what he did and who really knows. But if the NFL is fining him and the Steelers, then what are they going to do with Victor Cruz from last weeks game against the Steelers. Cruz not only faked a concussion but being knocked out completely! All on a hit to his rib cage, which drew a terrible call by the striped puppets. Cruz and the Giants should be investigated and face stiff consequences. As either Cruz faked the above or came back in a game when he was knocked cold. A major no no w the Concussion checks. Lets see what God-del does!!!
    Sanders and his agent can use this to prove the point of inconsistency.

  31. mommydrank says: Nov 11, 2012 9:11 AM

    Reason #867 why Goodell should be removed as commissioner: it is now the morning before week 10′s games and, instead of talking about that, the NFL would have us focus instead on one inconsequential play from week 9 where a payer may or may not have had a cramp. Is mismicromanagement a word?

  32. chattanola says: Nov 11, 2012 9:15 AM

    If he was trying to defend himself, he would/should have said things like “I was cramping up big time”, “I was in pain when I left the field”, “The league is mistaken about what happened.”

    According to his quote, he used “appeal/appealing” 4 times and said nothing to deny was he’s being accused of and fined for. Emmanuel, you doth protest too much.

  33. chattanola says: Nov 11, 2012 9:17 AM

    The NFL Comissioner fearlessly advances down a slippery slope.

  34. grogansheroes says: Nov 11, 2012 9:23 AM

    tluke25 says:
    Nov 11, 2012 9:00 AM
    I think the NFL has gone about this the wrong way. Another case of them taking action without having physical proof.

    If Sanders was pulled into the court of law with a judge and jury, he walks. In fact, it never would have gotten to court because a judge would have thrown it out. There is absolutely no way of proving that he did not have a cramp.

    Do I believe he had a cramp? No. I don’t believe the Saints were a 100 percent clean football team either, but regardless, if you take legal action against a team, you need to have all your ducks lined up properly with compelling evidence in hand. You can’t take action against people based on hunches and speculation, I’m just worried that one of these times it’s going to backfire against the NFL in a really bad way.
    —————————————————
    I agree with you, but this is not a court of law. It is Roger’s kingdom, and he does not need any evidence, or anything else. His WORD is absolute law.

  35. omegaichiban says: Nov 11, 2012 9:29 AM

    I would have thought that Big Ben would pay the fine, since he told him to stay down. What was it, 50,000 total? Was the win worth 50,000 i’m sure it was.

  36. steelerstom says: Nov 11, 2012 9:33 AM

    In the spirit of fair is fair since Sanders deserves such a fine for “faking” an injury(no one but 88 really knows) then I pose this question! How much of a fine was levied on the referee who called the phantom pass interference on Lewis against the giants? How big a fine did the ref pay for the helmet contact call in the end zone on Cruz that was clearly shoulder to chest? How much of a fine was levied for the missed block in the back on Heath miller on the “fumble” return for a td(if in fact it was a fumble)? The league and that group of officials did a fine job for the giants trying to make ny feel better after the horrible effects of sandy but that’s not right in the scheme of things and should be addressed if we’re going to address a “fake” injury which no one can prove! And before anyone goes bashing me about this sandy reference know that my daughter and her fiancé live in sunnyside queens and so I not unsympathetic to the situation at all in fact I am as involved as a non-resident could be, but that situation has nothing to do with the NFL! I love those kids and feel sorrow for all the victims of sandy, the deceased, the injury, and all of those affected otherwise but what happened in that game was wrong and can be proven no better than sanders injury so where are their fines?

  37. ravenator says: Nov 11, 2012 9:39 AM

    Typical cheating Steeler and their fans support this behavior only because he plays for their team, how pathetic

  38. tyler200829 says: Nov 11, 2012 9:42 AM

    Your going to need to be actually catching footballs instead of faking injuries next week since your overated buddy antonio brown will be out. Pig Pen knows whos coming for him too…

  39. suhisabeast90 says: Nov 11, 2012 9:42 AM

    This was no more obvious then Florida screwing up an Election! Again!

  40. ravenater says: Nov 11, 2012 10:03 AM

    Really frustrating the league didn’t suspend Sanders for faking the injury, Ben for causing Sanders to fake the injury, Tomlin for being the coach of players faking injuries, and the entire Steeler offensive line for allowing Ben to get hurt which caused Sanders to fake the injury. The only way my Ravens will beat the Steelers next weekend is if all of them are suspended. The league really let down Ravens fans! No justice!

  41. cup1981 says: Nov 11, 2012 10:43 AM

    I am all for fining players for obvious faking (see NYG entire team falling to the turf. However, finig a player for doing something that you have no concrete proof of is a slippery slope. I bet he wins the appeal quickly.

  42. 49erstim says: Nov 11, 2012 10:45 AM

    Enough with the “GODell” stuff. This (like the bounty stuff) is blatantly obvious! Grow up guys. This stuff about not following rules you don’t like is why we are failing as a society. Be adults. If you’re gonna do the crime then be prepared to do the time. End of story…….Sanders did his best Nic Cage. Wayyyy over-acted.

  43. numberonesaintsfan says: Nov 11, 2012 10:48 AM

    Easiest way to get rid of this is not to fine them,but to make them sit out at least 3 plays(or the rest of the series).If they are not hurt that bad they will get to the sideline,if they can’t, they shouldn’t be playing right away anyway.

  44. jnova80 says: Nov 11, 2012 10:51 AM

    Faking an injury is a punk move, he deserves the fine.

  45. acmepacker says: Nov 11, 2012 11:03 AM

    jamiebuf12 says:
    Nov 11, 2012 8:45 AM
    change the rules so that if a player leaves with a injury they can’t come back untill the next possession instead of one play..i imagine that would end that right there………..
    ——————-
    What a great idea! It would also be to the players benefit to get a few minutes to shake off the effects of a legitimate pain instead of rushing right back into the fray.

  46. nickster31 says: Nov 11, 2012 11:24 AM

    Those two Giants that faked the injury at the same time, what was their punishment?

    The reality is, with the issues with injuries hurting players for YEARS after their careers over, it isn’t a good idea for the NFL to be doing things like this.

  47. nickster31 says: Nov 11, 2012 11:27 AM

    ravenater says:
    Nov 11, 2012 10:03 AM

    The only way my Ravens will beat the Steelers next weekend is if all of them are suspended. The league really let down Ravens fans! No justice!

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

    Quite possibly the smartest thing I have ever read that you have said!

  48. Mr. Wright 212 says: Nov 11, 2012 1:43 PM

    Nope. The punishment is meant as a deterrent. You’ll think twice next time, won’t you?

  49. koenig61 says: Nov 11, 2012 6:36 PM

    I agree with many posters on here. We don’t want the NFL to turn in to those fake soccer injuries, however how can you possibly prove sanders didnt have a cramp? And more importantly players fake injuries in every game to slow down a no huddle offense, or preserve a timeout.

    The leagues ruling was that sanders didnt have a history of having cramps, and that he came in the next play and gave full effort, and was first down the field in punt coverage.

    Ok, so now we are going to base decisions on a players previous history of injuries?? And I suppose no other player has ever left the field for an injury and then came back and made a tackle, caught a pass, or ran for a first down?? So unless a player comes back after a injury and sucks on the next play he was faking?

    You can’t just draw your own conclusions because you “think” he’s guilty.

    It’s all about player safety right commissioner ? So should a player risk further injury because he’s worried if he leaves the field comes back you might decide he was faking it, and you will fine him ?

    This commissioner is so transparent, yet the only one calling him out on it are the fans. This is a slippery slope.

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