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Josh Gordon reveals he was fined for hit on Ed Reed

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The NFL has a unique approach when it comes to player fines for in-game infractions.  The league doesn’t announce the fines, but the league will provide the information upon request from the media.

Every Friday, then, various media members ask — and the NFL provides.  Somehow, however, the media hadn’t asked and the league office thus didn’t tell about a fine imposed on Browns rookie receiver Josh Gordon.

During a November 4 game against the Ravens, Gordon applied what was deemed to be an illegal block to Ravens safety Ed Reed.  The officials flagged Gordon on the spot, and the NFL thereafter hit him in the wallet.

According to the Cleveland Plain Dealer, Gordon disclosed on Thursday that he received a $20,000 fine for the hit.  The rookie is appealing the punishment.

“It was just that he wasn’t looking and it was a blindside hit,” Gordon said.  “He never looked my way at all so that’s really where the penalty came from. We were confused about it for awhile and we still are because that’s my blocking responsibility and if I wouldn’t have done it our runner would have gotten tackled for a loss.  Either way, it was a lose-lose situation.”

He’s right.  The Browns lost the game, and Gordon lost the money.

He’s also wrong.  The block would have been legal if Gordon merely had hit Reed with a shoulder in the shoulder.  In those situations, the defender is defenseless, which means only that he can’t be hit in the helmet or neck area or with a helmet.

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9 Responses to “Josh Gordon reveals he was fined for hit on Ed Reed”
  1. scoregasmic says: Nov 15, 2012 9:54 PM

    It may have been legal if he hit him shoulder to shoulder….but they’d still flag him because that’s what happens

  2. football025 says: Nov 15, 2012 9:58 PM

    Goodell please just stop with these stupid fines

  3. 611jmp says: Nov 15, 2012 10:05 PM

    It was a terrible call. Gordon hit Reed in shoulder and upper arm. Rees was not looking and his head snapped back. Big hit. Legal hit.

  4. metspeed21 says: Nov 15, 2012 10:16 PM

    I was so confused by that penalty. They were facing each other when he made the block. It wasn’t a crack back at all.

  5. farty5 says: Nov 15, 2012 10:41 PM

    It’s the Hines Ward rule, keeping offensive players from throwing cheap shots.

  6. 4thqtrsaint says: Nov 15, 2012 10:44 PM

    I understand having to fine players who are repeat offenders, but it seems like there is a fine to go with every flag.

  7. sudz28 says: Nov 16, 2012 6:25 AM

    Almost as funny as the time Hines Ward knocked Reed unconscious with a legal hit – how is this cream puff even still playing in the NFL? Hahaha! Someone shoots him a mean look and he wilts like a flower.

  8. mikoltz says: Nov 16, 2012 8:16 AM

    I liked Goddell at first but he is really wearing thin… let the players play!!!!

  9. ubummer says: Nov 16, 2012 9:53 AM

    Josh Gordon was penalized and fined because he’s a rookie and he hit a future hall of famer, and in so doing, prevented the future hall of famer from making a highlight reel play of his own that the network would have replayed over and over.

    It was a marketing decision, not a safety decision, that the league was then obligated to validate with a fine.

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