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Dashon Goldson won’t be suspended


Buccaneers safety Dashon Goldson will certainly be playing for a reduced rate this week, but at least he’ll be playing.

According to Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times, Goldson won’t be suspended for yesterday’s illegal hit to Cardinals wide receiver Jaron Brown.

The NFL has confirmed to PFT that there will be no suspension, but that Goldson will be reviewed for another fine.

Goldson has already been fined $30,000 and $100,000 this season, so it will interesting to see what his next donation will be.

As interesting is the fact the NFL’s not even attempting to suspend him, keeping them from swinging and missing again after the last one was overturned on appeal.

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36 Responses to “Dashon Goldson won’t be suspended”
  1. jimthebuilder27 says: Sep 30, 2013 1:28 PM

    No suspension? What.A.Joke

  2. beanocook says: Sep 30, 2013 1:29 PM

    That’s a clean hit in the college game. HS and little league too.

    NFL truly does stand for “not for long”.

  3. westampa says: Sep 30, 2013 1:32 PM

    Isn’t it enough of a punishment to be on the Bucs?

  4. nflfan1985 says: Sep 30, 2013 1:35 PM

    probably cause they realized they can’t suspend a guy for doing nothing wrong. Watch the video, he hit him in the chest with his shoulder pad.

  5. onebucplace says: Sep 30, 2013 1:37 PM

    Is the ref being suspended? Oh course not, he’s Union scum which means he will not be held accountable for his actions and will get to keep picking up his paycheck no matter how poor of a job he does. Kinda like Schiano.

  6. larryed says: Sep 30, 2013 1:44 PM

    I kind of resent having the “illegal hit” tag – the NFL has a rule that a receiver can be knocked out of bounds prior to getting both feet in. It sure appeared that was what he did.

  7. dilberry says: Sep 30, 2013 1:45 PM

    Nothing dirty about that hit. He was trying to make a play to help his team win. Any other safety on any other team does the same thing. The only reason the media is making a deal out of it is because his name is Dashon Goldson.

  8. m2karateman says: Sep 30, 2013 1:49 PM

    He should not have been flagged to begin with. It was a legal hit (shoulder to chest, player had feet on ground at time of contact).

    I am no Goldson fan, but there’s no way he should have been penalized, and as such no way he should even be fined or suspended.

  9. Uncle Leo says: Sep 30, 2013 1:55 PM

    “Buccaneers safety Dashon Goldson will certainly be playing for a reduced rate this week, but at least he’ll be playing.”

    He won’t be playing, they have a bye.

  10. cheapglazers says: Sep 30, 2013 1:57 PM

    It’s ok we can wait until after the next game.

  11. kaeprulestheworld says: Sep 30, 2013 1:57 PM

    Dude can’t catch a break.

  12. peopletrains says: Sep 30, 2013 2:01 PM

    Should of suspended him for 4 games. If the NFL is only going to enforce the rules with fines, why have the rules? Insanity.

  13. beardinals says: Sep 30, 2013 2:03 PM

    No one talking about Brown hanging on and tapping toes on that play? Tough kid.

  14. bucnblood says: Sep 30, 2013 2:03 PM

    It was a clean hit….watch the film “peopletrains”. Or don’t and just keep commenting on things you know nothing about.

  15. peopletrains says: Sep 30, 2013 2:04 PM

    To clarify my comment above, I thought the hit was fine, but if he is receiving a fine its obvious the NFL thought it was illegal.

  16. theauger says: Sep 30, 2013 2:06 PM

    It’s funny to read people posting that the play shouldn’t have been flagged. It most certainly was a penalty according to rules since the start of the 2012 season. The penalty wasn’t for using his helmet or contact to the receivers head or neck, it was for hitting an defenseless receiver.

    You can’t go and “blow up” receivers anymore till they land and make a football move. You can still hit receiver & make contact before they hit the ground, you just can’t “blow them up”. It’s really that simple.

    You may disagree with the rule, but the rules are the rules. He shouldn’t get suspended for this hit, but it was definitely a penalty.

  17. albinorhino49 says: Sep 30, 2013 2:06 PM

    What is this game coming to? If these were the replacement refs fans would be whispering boycott.

  18. koenig61 says: Sep 30, 2013 2:07 PM

    I bet if it was James Harrison the league would suspend him. Goodell had a vendetta out for him. How else can you explain the fact other players have committed similar penalties as James did, when he was suspended. I believe they should never have caved into the Ed Reed suspension. If they had sent that message to Ed Reed, and he lost 500k other players would pay attention.

  19. thegregwitul says: Sep 30, 2013 2:09 PM

    Of course, the flagged hit on the clean tackle put the Cardinals in field goal position and the win. Can we just fast forward to April?

  20. marjorine1 says: Sep 30, 2013 2:22 PM

    Suh makes this hit? We’d be scheduling an execution for halftime during Monday Night Football.

  21. wardawg42 says: Sep 30, 2013 2:56 PM

    Suspend Ray Rice for being a big WOMAN!!!
    I hope Dashon meets him so i don’t have to be disappointed watching a guy who’s thrown in the towel for his career.

  22. basedrum777 says: Sep 30, 2013 3:02 PM

    WOW I’m all for protecting players in the NFL but that wasn’t even close to a penalty in any football i’ve ever seen. His earlier hits leading with his helmet are much much worse. This was a clean football play.

    I’m a fan of neither team.

  23. thegregwitul says: Sep 30, 2013 3:04 PM

    Enough with the whining about Suh being singled out. For goodness sake, the man is on film clipping, stomping and kicking players and going at their legs, Goldson was flagged four times this season and all were for hard hits and only one of them looked illegal. The rest followed the correct form, but the impact was brutal, the crowd groaned and the flags came flying out.

  24. tincansailor981 says: Sep 30, 2013 3:12 PM

    I don’t like Goldson but fair is fair. That hit was not illegal.

  25. rodgers419 says: Sep 30, 2013 3:14 PM

    theauger just spewing garbage. It’s completely legal to deliver a big hit. The rules only prohibit contact to the head/neck region of the ball carrier and contact initiated with the helmet of the defender.

  26. theauger says: Sep 30, 2013 3:42 PM


    From the NFL rule book:

    Article 9 It is a foul if a player initiates unnecessary contact against a player who is in a defenseless posture.

    (2) A receiver attempting to catch a pass; or who has completed a catch and has not had time to
    protect himself or has not clearly become a runner. If the receiver/runner is capable of avoiding or warding off the impending contact of an opponent, he is no longer a defenseless player;

    AKA “blowing up” a player. Doing so to a defenseless receiver is going to be a penalty almost every time.

    If you are going to criticize me, at least know what you are talking about.

  27. crisper57 says: Sep 30, 2013 4:02 PM

    Outside of #11, no one cares if the Cards get cheap-shotted into oblivion (See Suh’s hit on Winston in Week 2, another repeat offense).

    If that hit was on a star like Fitzgerald, Goldson would be suspended. Since it was on a no-name player, he won’t be. That’s the NFL.

  28. celly84 says: Sep 30, 2013 4:06 PM

    When i heard the ref say, “flag on defense. #38. did not allow receiver to make the catch”

    THAT is when i lost it. so you mean to tell me, now, you have to allow the receiver to catch and run with the ball before you can put a hand on ’em?


  29. mrlaloosh says: Sep 30, 2013 4:35 PM

    Obviously Matt Birk is being contacted by the bag man.

  30. droyer85 says: Sep 30, 2013 5:19 PM

    So now that the NFL has reached a likely settlement with the former players who were suing the league, they can now stop pretending to care about player safety. This is a perfect example of that happening.

  31. braven4evr says: Sep 30, 2013 5:24 PM

    the whole competition committee/rules committee should be suspended

  32. thejuddstir says: Sep 30, 2013 5:39 PM

    Come on, Goodell doesn’t have the gonaads to suspend anyone for dirty hits. If Suhsie can’t get himself suspended then no one can.

  33. noring4youstill says: Sep 30, 2013 6:02 PM

    Look you want to fine him? Fine him a few million. Yes then they will say well hell, better stop this

  34. rodgers419 says: Sep 30, 2013 7:03 PM


    You understand you’re only pasting the definition of a defenseless player? That’s under heading A and numbered 2. Right below it is heading B which describes the conduct prohibited against a defenseless player.

    (A) Players in a defenseless posture are:
    (2) A reciever attempting to catch a pass; or who has completed a catch and has not had time to protect himself or has not clearly become a runner. If the reciever/runner is capable of avoiding or warding off the impending contact of an opponent, he is no longer a defenseless player.

    (B) Prohibited contact against a player who is in a defenseless posture is….

    Is English a second language for you? Good luck with your literacy, clown.

  35. steaderic says: Sep 30, 2013 7:55 PM

    rodgers419 says:
    Sep 30, 2013 7:03 PM
    Is English a second language for you? Good luck with your literacy, clown.

    I’m just going to assume that the NFL doesn’t know how to spell receiver. Because the alternative would be too damn funny.

  36. avanderlay says: Sep 30, 2013 9:09 PM


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