Goldson wins appeal

AP

The decision came in time for Goldson to not even miss a practice.

As a Buccaneers official has advised PFT (along with several other media outlets), the one-game suspension imposed on Bucs safety Dashon Goldson has been overturned.

Last year, a one-game suspension imposed on Ravens safety Ed Reed also was overturned on appeal.  A $50,000 fine nevertheless was levied.

A fine presumably will be issued against Goldson, in addition to the $30,000 fine he absorbed after a Week One illegal hit to Jets tight end Jeff Cumberland.

The suspension arose from a Week Two hit applied to Saints running back Darren Sproles.

Goldson will join the Bucs for Wednesday’s practice, and he’ll play on Sunday.  The decision reached by the independent hearing officer is final.

Per a league source, the hearing was handled by Matt Birk, who became one of the two potential hearing officers in 2013.  Birk, along with Ted Cottrell, was jointly hired and is jointly compensated by the NFL and the NFLPA.

44 responses to “Goldson wins appeal

  1. Of course it got overturned…watch the plays in motion and you can tell that he wasnt “aiming” for their heads. If the 5’6″ sproles ducks..anybody will hit his head when they are aiming for his waist. Common sense. Dude has a track record but a suspension is not necessary for these recent hits.

    #NOFLYZONE – GO BUCS

  2. Let’s be honest here, the guy is a dirty player and deserved the suspension…..I bet if he would have hit Manning or Brady like that it would have stuck.

  3. $100,000 lighter unfortunately. Pretty obvious the NFL is going to recoup their settlement money by endlessly fining guys.

    Nice ponzi scheme, pay out the former players settlement by fining the current players, who will get older and broke and concussed, and will sue the NFL, who will settle and repay it by fining the next generation, and so on and so forth.

  4. logicalvoicesays says:
    Sep 18, 2013 10:23 AM
    While he’s at it, Goodell should publicly apologise to the Redskins. We shouldn’t have the record we have. #RespectheRedskins

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    Publicly apologize for what? Your quarterback being unable to throw passes as accurately as he did last year? Or your receivers being unable to get open? Or your defense being unable to save a turkey from becoming Thanksgiving dinner?

  5. So… just keep giving head shots and paying your fines. Nothing that really matters (missing games) will happen to you.

    a very strange message to send.

    15 times we you’ve made an illegal hit?

    Our bad.

    Everyone deserves a 16th chance!

  6. Talking about hurting players, year long suspensions. Multiple players actually attempting to hurt and maim players a whole football game, no suspensions.

    Truly a testament to the power the players have and the power the coaches don’t have.

  7. logicalvoicesays says:
    Sep 18, 2013 10:23 AM
    While he’s at it, Goodell should publicly apologise to the Redskins. We shouldn’t have the record we have. #RespectheRedskins
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    Snyder should apologize to the league for putting such a garbage product on the field.

  8. Poor sheep on this site are too dim-witted to see that this was nothing but another one of goodells dog and pony shows. He has to let one or two appeals be overturned here and there to avoid a complete appearance of impropriety. Wakey wakey people.

  9. I am a huge saints fan but more then that i am a firm old old school beleiver of football in its natutal form. and I watched the game and let me tell you the hit on Brees was legal and amazing and it should have been a fumble and no penalty. That game 7 years ago would have been a Tampa bay win and less penalties. The game now is a joke and I hate what football has become and where it’s going. GOODELL is a joke and I can see soon me not even wanting to watch football in the years to come. Oh and I’m 31 years old just incase everyone thinks I am some old man writing this

  10. Great news! I bet Gronk is gonna be out now Sunday.. But seriously, this is getting ridiculous. There needs to be a checks and balance system that reviews for intent like in NCAA.

  11. bucrightoff says:
    Sep 18, 2013 10:29 AM
    $100,000 lighter unfortunately. Pretty obvious the NFL is going to recoup their settlement money by endlessly fining guys.

    Nice ponzi scheme, pay out the former players settlement by fining the current players, who will get older and broke and concussed, and will sue the NFL, who will settle and repay it by fining the next generation, and so on and so forth.

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    By my rough numbers and perhaps unfounded assumptions, for the league to be value neutral btw fines and recent settlement by 2030, would require almost $200k fines per game (including playoffs and preseason), or one $100k fine per team per game played.

  12. If you think Goodell or the league are mad about this, think again. The fact that the players just settled the concussion lawsuit coupled with the fact that the player continuously fail to protect each other, means that there will never be a lawsuit for inany type of injuries again. The NFL will pay for the lawsuit settlement in small, managable payments for the next 20 years and never have to worrry about anything like that again. I lover it that all the ex players come forward to get a piece of the lawsuit when most of them knew very well the risks they were taking by playing the game. In the end, all they want is the money and fame and they will continue to play regardless of the risk.

  13. He was originally handed the suspension, because he lowered his head, left out his arms in the process of the hit, and left his feet. If he had hit him with the facemask and shoulder unintentionally, the tackle would have never been flagged. Goldson is constantly launching and hitting with the crown of his helmet, and a message needed to be sent. I’m upset the suspension was overturned, safetys that constantly dive head first towards other players need to be reprimanded.

  14. sportymorty,

    So how do you explain the vicious and clean hit Clayborn put on Brees or the clean and vicious hit Goldson put on Cumberland that both drew flags? If the offensive player gets up slowly or if the hit looks too hard, the refs throw flags and ask questions later.

  15. yourignorancespreads says:
    Sep 18, 2013 10:59 AM
    I am a huge saints fan but more then that i am a firm old old school beleiver of football in its natutal form. and I watched the game and let me tell you the hit on Brees was legal and amazing and it should have been a fumble and no penalty. That game 7 years ago would have been a Tampa bay win and less penalties. The game now is a joke and I hate what football has become and where it’s going. GOODELL is a joke and I can see soon me not even wanting to watch football in the years to come. Oh and I’m 31 years old just incase everyone thinks I am some old man writing this

    ……………………………………………………

    You are blaming the wrong person. What Goodell is doing is in response to frivolous lawsuits brought by former players. The players have proven they do not care about long-term affects of the game by continuously head-hunting/chop blocking, etc. and the player’s union backs them up in appeals hearing after they are fined/suspended. Then, after the damage is done, the players want to sue the league because of the damage caused…by other players. If you want to be mad at someone, be mad at the former players who are acting as if the league caused their injuries and they are victims.

  16. The one on brees was fine, its just because it was a QB and a 300 lb man. I know its not fair clayborn got flagged but those penalties get called all the time, not saying its right, it was just a completely different situation.

  17. And his hit on Cumberland was flagged because it was a defenseless receiver, not saying I agree with it but those are the rules. You can’t hit a defenseless receiver in the head area, even if it was unintentional.

  18. Either have a rule and enforce it or don’t. Either play a game you know is going to get you injured, maybe seriously at some point, or don’t. Either pay heed to the players who used to play this game and are now either suffering or dead because of it, or don’t. The NFL needs to quit posturing and the players need to quit talking about how they didn’t know this was a dangerous sport. All the cards are on the table at this point.

  19. Former players want to sue because the game was too dangerous. NFLPA fights every suspension tooth and nail so that these guys can keep tee-ing off on each other. That’s laughable. DeMaurice Smith and his union cronies have ZERO credibility in my book. On one hand, you want to screw the league out of billions of dollars because you don’t have a good enough retirement plan for retired members, but you fight for current players so they can continue to practice the actions that lead to injuries in the first place. What a TOOL!!

  20. tampamac says:
    Sep 18, 2013 1:55 PM
    sportymorty,

    So how do you explain the vicious and clean hit Clayborn put on Brees or the clean and vicious hit Goldson put on Cumberland that both drew flags? If the offensive player gets up slowly or if the hit looks too hard, the refs throw flags and ask questions later.

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    Doesn’t feel good when you know your players are hitting hard but playing clean football, but get flagged nonetheless. What’s even worse is when another player on a team commits multiple fouls on one play, but barely gets a slap on the wrist from the front office (Clay Matthews).

  21. All of you that are calling out Goodell for changing the game and making it too “soft” are misguided. It’s the PLAYERS that are doing this to THEMSELVES. You have a multi-BILLION dollar injury suit being settled by former players. You’ve got current players wanting fewer practices with less contact. YOU CAN’T HAVE IT BOTH WAYS. You can’t have one group pocketing billions of dollars because the game is too dangerous and not expect the league to make changes. It’s got to be one or the other – either pay the settlement and make the game safer, or throw out the lawsuits and stop changing the game. You have to understand that the players are doing this to THEMSELVES!!

  22. m2karateman,

    That’s because the league would rather “send a message” through a young team like the Bucs rather than one of the “flagship” franchises like a Green Bay or New England.

  23. Haha nice try, its because goldson is a repeat offender. Matthews is not. In the last couple of years, goldson has had a lot of head shots. You’re not receiving the brunt of some twisted plot schemed by Roger Goodell, your bucs simply suck.

  24. Not at all. That’s more on Freeman than anyone else. By the way, has repeat offender Brandon Meriwether, who plays for the team in the nation’s Capitol, been suspended yet? Didn’t think so.

  25. Merriweather got fined $42,000 and I’m pretty sure that they figured knocking himself out was bad enough. I agree with you on that though, Merriweather should be handed the same penalty as Goldson. That wasn’t the discussion though, you said that the league was basically picking on the Bucs. There are only a couple consistent head hunters in the league and Goodell isn’t selecting only a few players on the worser teams, he’s penalizing the player that does it the most. Goldson isn’t a victim he is one of the most penalized safetys in the league. Merriweather will get his eventually.

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