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Anquan Boldin got a personal foul, but Merton Hanks let it go

Anquan Boldin AP

We noted yesterday that NFL Vice President of Operations Merton Hanks fined Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh $31,500 for a hit that wasn’t flagged — and that Hanks admitted was “not an egregious play” — because Hanks wanted to get Suh’s attention. The flip side of that is the way Hanks responded to a personal foul called on 49ers receiver Anquan Boldin last week.

After Boldin’s teammate, Kendall Hunter, was the victim of a late hit by Cardinals safety Tyrann Mathieu, Boldin ran over and confronted Mathieu, giving him a little head butt. That drew a flag on the field, but Hanks said on NFL Network that he decided Boldin did not deserve any league discipline.

“There is the overt, obvious loss of control and then there is the emotional, ‘let me come defend my player.’ When you really look at the film, it was much to do about nothing when it came to Anquan. Every foul is not a fine and it’s my job to decide where that line is,” Hanks said.

If that sounds subjective, it is. But someone has to decide what constitutes a fine and what doesn’t, and in the NFL that “someone” is Hanks. And Hanks didn’t have a problem with Boldin intervening on behalf of his teammate, even if the officials on the field thought Boldin crossed the line.

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18 Responses to “Anquan Boldin got a personal foul, but Merton Hanks let it go”
  1. orivar says: Oct 20, 2013 10:54 AM

    Foot meet mouth.

  2. ryann252013 says: Oct 20, 2013 10:56 AM

    wtf? This guys stupid.

    That’s all.

  3. jvn36 says: Oct 20, 2013 10:58 AM

    Has nothing to do with Boldin being a niner. Mathieu should’ve been fined and immediately benched. Countdown till Mathieu gets blown up on a punt return….

  4. natelan69 says: Oct 20, 2013 10:59 AM

    Sounds like fair reasoning to me. In a league that’s usually so black-and-white and zero-tolerance, it’s refreshing to see a bit of subjective reasoning.

  5. defensivelion says: Oct 20, 2013 11:01 AM

    if you not consistent, your inconsistent. #inconsistency

  6. giantsfanlewis says: Oct 20, 2013 11:02 AM

    NFL = national fighting league. the merger with wwe coming soon to a town near you

  7. 2jivecrew says: Oct 20, 2013 11:08 AM

    Something tells me Merton Hanks isn’t long for the job. How did he even get the job? The only thing he was ever noted for in his NFL career was his long pencil neck and his bobble head that sat atop it.

  8. boobobadoo says: Oct 20, 2013 11:14 AM

    Hanks = Former 49er
    Bolden = Current 49er

    It doesn’t take an Einstein to figure out why, “Anquan Boldin got a personal foul, but Merton Hanks let it go.”

  9. filthymcnasty1 says: Oct 20, 2013 11:21 AM

    He let it go to get his attention.

  10. rbell2123 says: Oct 20, 2013 11:21 AM

    Merton Hanks is a joke

  11. bmoreravens1012013 says: Oct 20, 2013 11:24 AM

    Good call Mert…I’m glad someone in the league office has common sense. I have no dog in this one and Bolden shouldntv been fined for defending a teammate.

  12. tinbender2000 says: Oct 20, 2013 11:25 AM

    The reason Hanks and the referees won’t always agree is that Hanks played this game and has a feel for intent that the referees will never have.

  13. rockthered1286 says: Oct 20, 2013 11:38 AM

    Hanks is to the NFL, as Shannahan is to the NHL- inconsistent disciplinary action based more on the name on the jersey, not the actual foul in question, doled out by a power happy man.

  14. thestrategyexpert says: Oct 20, 2013 12:32 PM

    This one doesn’t qualify for needing an attention getting statement fine. Those are spelled out in the CBA to apply to Suh and Suhlike situations. Is that the language they are using now?

  15. ravonatorswallowsspunk says: Oct 20, 2013 1:02 PM

    The hypocrite GOD-ell is teaching his minions to follow in his cloven hoof-prints.

    Eff these clowns. Ruined a once great game.

  16. martin492013 says: Oct 20, 2013 1:31 PM

    Boldin was a professional teammate schooling a rookie that the crap that he pulled off was uncalled for. If he got fined honey badger should have paid the fine and thank Mr. Boldin for teaching him how a PRO football player acts.

  17. Mr. Wright 212 says: Oct 20, 2013 1:57 PM

    Has everything to do with him playing for SF. Then says he fines Suh to get his attention. CHECK.

  18. justintuckrule says: Oct 20, 2013 2:23 PM

    Mickey Mouse league. I hope defenders sue the nfl based upon these totally subjective, and admittedly so, fines.

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