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Goldson gets fined $100,000

Jeff Cumberland, Dashon Goldson, Jonathan Casillas AP

Another week, another $100,000 fine imposed on an NFL player.

Last week, Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh became the first player in league history to fork over six figures for something happening on the field during a play.  He has been joined by Bucs safety Dashon Goldson.

The league has announced that, in overturning the one-game suspension imposed on Goldson, hearing officer Matt Birk imposed a $100,000 fine against the veteran defensive back.

That’s twice the amount of the fine given to Ed Reed a year ago, when his one-game suspension was overturned by Ted Cottrell.

Birk also upheld the $30,000 fine imposed by the league on Goldson for a hit occurring in Week One on Jets tight end Jeff Cumberland.

Goldson would have lost $264,705 if the suspension had been upheld.  As it stands, he has been fined through two games roughly half of one game check.

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  1. justintuckrule says: Sep 18, 2013 10:51 AM

    Can’t wait until all of these fined players bring their own class action against the nfl. Hopefully those suits will burn the league to the ground and from the ashes will rise a real football league that an American can be proud of.

  2. westampa says: Sep 18, 2013 10:51 AM

    R.I.P. Julian Edelman

  3. ridingwithnohandlebars says: Sep 18, 2013 10:52 AM

    That is a pretty strong warning.

  4. mmsierra says: Sep 18, 2013 10:53 AM

    That’s odd
    He didn’t have these kind of fines while a 49er

    What kind of ship are they running in Tampa ??

  5. ibatheinnachocheese says: Sep 18, 2013 10:53 AM

    1/2 a game check? please… this won’t force Goldson to change anything. it’s chump change for him.

  6. homelanddefense says: Sep 18, 2013 10:53 AM

    I dont understand how this stuff happens in pro sports. Im not arguing the hit itself, just the appeals. The leagues fine or suspend guys, and then a day or two later reduce it in appeals. The whole process is odd.

  7. bucrightoff says: Sep 18, 2013 10:53 AM

    Still waiting for Brandon Merriweather’s punishment…

  8. lightcleric says: Sep 18, 2013 10:54 AM

    Anyone else wonder if the league does these suspensions knowing full well they’ll be overturned so they can say “See, the appeals process works”?

  9. hersh8245 says: Sep 18, 2013 10:55 AM

    Why doesn’t the NFL hand out these types of fines for ACTUAL crimes?????????

  10. joetoronto says: Sep 18, 2013 10:55 AM

    It’s about time the fines get in line with the salaries.

    Fining a guy who makes millions per year 10 grand just doesn’t cut it.

  11. saintsfan1111 says: Sep 18, 2013 10:58 AM

    He’s a punk.

  12. cheapglazers says: Sep 18, 2013 10:59 AM

    What? Wow! I’m surprised he didn’t get arrested for trying to end Darren Sproles’ career. No suspension? Really? Wow I can;t believe it! Sweet! What a joke. HAHA!

  13. twilson962 says: Sep 18, 2013 10:59 AM

    YAOOOOZAHHHH!!!!

    If he got a $100K fine, is the NFL going to repo Brandon Merriweather’s house?

  14. bucforever says: Sep 18, 2013 11:00 AM

    Goldson must be able to afford it! But if he doesn’t modify his aggressive style of hits he will be playing for free soon.

  15. mrlaloosh says: Sep 18, 2013 11:00 AM

    You know the Glazers are mad. They could’ve used that Goldson game check to throw a big party.

  16. mn1288 says: Sep 18, 2013 11:01 AM

    justintuckrule says:
    Sep 18, 2013 10:51 AM
    Can’t wait until all of these fined players bring their own class action against the nfl. Hopefully those suits will burn the league to the ground and from the ashes will rise a real football league that an American can be proud of.

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    Uh….What? What is the basis of their suit? They signed the CBA. If you don’t want to play by the rules and be subject to the discipline you agreed to, then find a new occupation. No room in the league for these trash hits, especially when it takes out high profile players and the product we watch is garbage…Not to even mention the health issues.

  17. kingmj4891 says: Sep 18, 2013 11:03 AM

    justintuckrule says:
    Sep 18, 2013 10:51 AM
    Can’t wait until all of these fined players bring their own class action against the nfl. Hopefully those suits will burn the league to the ground and from the ashes will rise a real football league that an American can be proud of.

    _____________________________

    That is why there is a CBA, the players all agreed to these fines be levied against them. In which 100% of the fine goes to charity and not in the NFL’s pockets.

  18. dcbuff says: Sep 18, 2013 11:05 AM

    the XFL needs to make a comeback

  19. eastcoastninerfan says: Sep 18, 2013 11:06 AM

    $100,000 fine
    ….in other news, Happy 29th Birthday, Dashon!!!!

  20. jack3dsd says: Sep 18, 2013 11:13 AM

    somebody is going to make a lot of money when they start another league

  21. pobreezy says: Sep 18, 2013 11:14 AM

    That’s all well and good, but what about the hit Black laid on Jimmy Graham that was a total cheap shot? Led with the helmet in to his helmet while he was already being tackled to the ground after he dropped the ball. It was a purely intentional attempt to injure since they had words earlier in the game. Not even a fine? It was the most blatant helmet to helmet hit I’ve seen in awhile, no mention anybody?

  22. saints25 says: Sep 18, 2013 11:20 AM

    .Hopefully Goldson doesnt put a player in a wheel chair this weekend ,when he was suspened 1st..game suspensions will stop the cheap shots..taking $$$ is nothing to a player making over 3k a game…Mertin Hanks suspened him Monday,and Mat Birk undermind his decsion..Way to go Birk,what are going to do next week when Goldson back in your office..smdh

  23. roverboy1949 says: Sep 18, 2013 11:22 AM

    The only time dollar fine will work is if it is accompanied by a “time out” for at least one game. Losing 1/2 a game check, he still makes more for one game than most people make in several years of work. Take him away from the field, and you may get his attention.

  24. cheapglazers says: Sep 18, 2013 11:22 AM

    Yeah Black should have been suspended for a few games for that hit. Maybe 4?

  25. EJ says: Sep 18, 2013 11:24 AM

    ibatheinnachocheese says:
    Sep 18, 2013 10:53 AM

    1/2 a game check? please… this won’t force Goldson to change anything. it’s chump change for him.

    =================================================
    Yeah, but after a while that starts to add up.

  26. zoellner25 says: Sep 18, 2013 11:31 AM

    1/2 a game check just isn’t enough for these guys. 100K sounds like a ton to us, but not to guys making that kind of coin. game suspensions really hurt their teams and are the only way to go.

  27. hehateme2 says: Sep 18, 2013 11:33 AM

    Hopefully now the lions fans can stop whining that the NFL is only picking on Suh.

  28. granadafan says: Sep 18, 2013 11:33 AM

    ibatheinnachocheese says:
    Sep 18, 2013 10:53 AM

    1/2 a game check? please… this won’t force Goldson to change anything. it’s chump change for him.

    =================================================

    The $100,000 won’t be chump change when he’s broke in a few years.

  29. jbaxt says: Sep 18, 2013 11:36 AM

    No tax expert but if the money goes to a charity does this just end up being a write off for the player? My assumption is they lose millions in taxes just based on the salary, so $100k would just be a write off in my book?

  30. jonbeck316 says: Sep 18, 2013 11:37 AM

    $100,000! That’s a lot of gold, son.

  31. joetoronto says: Sep 18, 2013 11:45 AM

    A hundred grand is a hundred grand, no matter how much you make.

    You can do things with it that sure beat giving it to the league.

  32. whyamiacowboysfanagain says: Sep 18, 2013 11:47 AM

    “We gon have a ball at the annual Do Nothing Committee at Scores, homies (Roger Goodell’s voice)!

  33. skoobyfl says: Sep 18, 2013 11:48 AM

    $500,000 will be due upon injuring someone for life, this stupidity needs to stop.

  34. godofwine330 says: Sep 18, 2013 12:09 PM

    The ridiculousness of these fines need to stop. We are talking bang, bang plays, not premeditated stuff or Haynesworth stomp stupidity. It’s not something that the players can control or stop. No player can just say, “You know what? I am going to guarantee that I won’t get any more fines for the rest of my career.”

    You can do that with DUI’s, or any other kind of stupid act, but not with fines the way that they are handed out so high and so heavily. No other league has this to where tens of players are being fined on a weekly basis, completely justified by the league and not fought by the players union. Not one single league.

  35. justintuckrule says: Sep 18, 2013 12:11 PM

    CBA doesn’t give nfl a carte blanche right to run rough shod over the players’ rights. The fines are arbitrary. There is no rhyme or reason to them. Thus, the players have a right to sue. If you want real football back, support the player not the greedy league.

  36. thejuddstir says: Sep 18, 2013 12:13 PM

    The entire fine, suspension, appeal process has become a joke. The fines are chump change and as long as the players is paying the fine, teams and coaches aren’t going to discourage any of the players from illegal and dirty hits. If the players want to cry about player safety and the league wants to do something about player safety then the only way you are going to get everyone’s attention is to suspend them. Missing a game or more due to suspension costs the player his paycheck for missed time, costs the team the loss of a player and might eventually teach guys like Goldson, Suh, Merriweather, etc.
    I still say the concussion lawsuit is nothing compared to the lawsuits what will come from a player’s career being ended because of a dirty cheap illegal hit and the lawyers claiming the league did next to nothing to stop it.

  37. jimmyt says: Sep 18, 2013 12:19 PM

    “the XFL needs to make a comeback”

    It really does…for the knuckle-dragging, “way the game was meant to be played” (even though they are way off on that!) crowd. I watch most every game and see plenty of legal, good, clean, bone-jarring hits made the right way, with the intent to stop an opponent not injure/kill him.

  38. katientony says: Sep 18, 2013 12:20 PM

    I dont get all these people who are saying 100K is not a big fine. $100,000.00 is a lot of money for anyone, even if they make millions a year. 100K is never a drop in the bucket or a laughable amount of money. I dont care if you have 10 million in the bank, paying a 100K fine is a crazy amount of money. Note: When you pay a fine, you dont get anything. No good or service, no chance for return on investment. It is just gone. That is a BIG fine. All that being said, I have no problem with BIG fines being imposed. I think it will start to have an affect. Get this fine 5 times, you just lost half a million dollars. Thats a big deal. Good job to Matt Birk for being impartial and deciding to back the rules of the game and not just siding with a player.

  39. malkinrulez says: Sep 18, 2013 12:49 PM

    If I was a saints fan I wouldn’t be worried about Goldson I would be worried about an offense that got all the breaks and still only scored 1 TD against Tampa

  40. thejuddstir says: Sep 18, 2013 12:55 PM

    “katientony says:
    Sep 18, 2013 12:20 PM
    I dont get all these people who are saying 100K is not a big fine. $100,000.00 is a lot of money for anyone, even if they make millions a year. 100K is never a drop in the bucket or a laughable amount of money. I dont care if you have 10 million in the bank, paying a 100K fine is a crazy amount of money”
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    Katie……you apparently do not have an understanding of money. You are correct that $100,000 is a lot of money….to you and I but look at it this way. Using your example of a player who makes $10 million per year (and trust me, D.Suh makes considerably more than that and that’s not including endorsement money), $100,000 is but 1%. In simple terms for you, it would be like you having $100 and you were fined $1…..yes, one dollar.

  41. jlinatl says: Sep 18, 2013 1:18 PM

    Half a game check for most players is roughly 3% of their salary… pay based on 16 games.

    3% is enough to get someone’s attention pretty much regardless of how much they make. Calculate what it would be if you had to pay it. Even if you make enough that it wouldn’t hurt, it would get your attention.

    Before you start saying but they make so much, yes they do, and yes it hurts a bit less for people that make more. But the reality is that people live up to their income (often foolishly).

    As to endorsements, the league can’t fine someone based upon outside income. Endorsements don’t matter. The point isn’t to bankrupt a player, it is to get their attention and change behavior. If this $100k doesn’t get attention their will be another and likely a suspension.

  42. nothinbutathang says: Sep 18, 2013 1:21 PM

    malkinrulez says:
    Sep 18, 2013 12:49 PM
    If I was a saints fan I wouldn’t be worried about Goldson I would be worried about an offense that got all the breaks and still only scored 1 TD against Tampa

    ————————————————–

    I’m not worried, but you should be since Tampa only scored 1 TD against a defense that was ranked 32nd last year, and is 0-2

  43. dublindemonszfl says: Sep 18, 2013 1:38 PM

    At least he won his appeal………

  44. hatesycophants says: Sep 18, 2013 1:42 PM

    The juddstr represents a typical d-bag know-it-all. Your childlike explanation of money is nothing more than a clear indication that you have a tenuous grasp of basic math. It’s not about the money as a percentage of one’s income. The point being made by those above is that $100,000.00 has the same market value for everyone. In short, it’s a lot of money for anybody.

  45. goldrush36 says: Sep 18, 2013 1:44 PM

    1/32 of his pay. Yeah that will teach him. Wonder who will become the first to pony up $500k or a cool mil. Suh, Goldson, or Meriweather. Right now I’m leaning Goldson but Suh may wanna upstage him now lol

  46. ahs2 says: Sep 18, 2013 1:57 PM

    …and he will be the only player fined six figures after Suh wins his appeal for an excessive fine for his bonehead play. He has already been fined/suspended for his past transgressions and the jump from $30-$100k for a simple dumb illegal block that was legal until a few months ago uis ridiculous; his excessive fine stance has legitimacy.

  47. marcinhouston says: Sep 18, 2013 2:07 PM

    How is it good for the NFL to have nobodies like Goldson trying to level helmet-to-helmet hits on stars, hoping for a concussion that will get their name in the news? If Goldson takes the time to learn to tackle, it will save him and the players he hits a lot of medical bills down the road. Players used to take the time to learn to tackle. Tyrann Mathieu is a tiny guy, and he tackles correctly and brings down larger players. Goldson and Meriweather just go helmet-to-helmet on everything because they never learned to play their position correctly.

  48. ilovefoolsball says: Sep 18, 2013 2:29 PM

    This is good. I don’t care how much money you make $100K is a lot of green.

    Black’s hit was worse and more of a cheap shot. They knew they had to get Graham out of the game and they were implementing TRUE bounty tactics.

    Fortunately after that hit Graham took one to the house and spiked it in the face of the dirty Bucs defense.

  49. onebucplace says: Sep 18, 2013 2:57 PM

    The reason he won the appeal IS BECAUSE HE DIDN’T HIT ANYONE IN THE HEAD during the Jets game. All you had to do was watch the stupid game.

    As for the Saints, when you’re going to tackle a player in the chest and that player slides at the last second are you supposed to turn into a character from The Matrix and stop time so you can readjust yourself in mid-tackle? The hit this Sunday was caused by the offensive player, not the defensive player. That used to just be called playing football but the limp wrist fans of the Jets and Saints are too dumb to look beyond what is good for them for this week and would rather see the game destroyed so they can pick-up a cheap win.

    Also the Saints fans complaining about a illegal hits is indeed hilarious.

  50. dwntwnbadboy19 says: Sep 18, 2013 2:59 PM

    I would love to see a safety blitz this sunday.. Let him rock Brady, then we looking at multiple game suspention.

  51. dwntwnbadboy19 says: Sep 18, 2013 3:04 PM

    LOL@onebucplace. Nice post man, Saints are going nowhere. I am sure saints fans are throwing computer flags at you!

  52. bucjordan says: Sep 18, 2013 3:44 PM

    Of all these morons clamoring for Goldson to be suspended, I wonder how many actually watched the game and saw the hits live?

    Geno Smith strung out his receivers BAD in that first game and Goldson did what a hard-hitting safety is supposed to do – He dislodged the ball with a hard hit. You could even see his intent to lead with the shoulder and aim for the chest, but the hit was hard enough that the very top of his helmet got the very bottom of the receivers facemask and boom, 15 yards and a fine. The hit on Sproles was even worse, he’s a midget to begin with and started going down after Goldson had already positioned himself for the hit. If a receiver ducks into helmet-to-helmet contact should it really be a penalty and fine? Now Ahmad Black’s hit on Jimmy Graham was actually penalty and fine worthy, I will admit that freely.

    And don’t even get me started on Clayborn’s penalty that overturned a fumble. They might as well call the penalty “Excessive Force Applied to a Star QB”. And VJ’s 78 yard TD called back because apparently the right tackle’s foot was 6″ behind the line of scrimmage. It’s pretty frustrating when your team makes more plays and the zebras turn the outcome. And the Saints are widely thought of as a top 10 team while the Bucs are bottom 5. What a joke.

  53. nothinbutathang says: Sep 18, 2013 3:49 PM

    @onebucplace, wow, bitter much? That 0-2 start stings doesn’t it.

  54. forsbergler says: Sep 18, 2013 4:16 PM

    This is really bad news for Gronkowski.
    Anyone else see Gronk getting he’s knee taken out because Goulston don’t wanna go high on him and get a suspention. Hope it happenes, it would make my season.

  55. dogman9 says: Sep 18, 2013 4:26 PM

    Goldson signed a contract this year that pays him:

    $22 million signing bonus guaranteed.
    $4.5 million in 2013
    equals $26.5 million this year alone.

    So if you are earning $26,500 a year at work, his fine of $100K is equivalent to you or I paying $100 fine.

    Slap on the wrist at best.

  56. justintuckrule says: Sep 18, 2013 4:28 PM

    The people saying $100k isn’t a lot of money to players are the same people who are exasperated at that player for blowing $100k on a party for themselves. hypocrites you all are.

    I make decent money for myself in the grand scheme of life. If someone fined me 1 cent for doing the job they hired me for I’d punch them in the face.

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