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Brooks will appeal his fine, won’t take money from Lewis

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When he was playing football, it was all about Ray Lewis.  Now that he’s not playing, it’s still all about Ray Lewis.

Lewis has found a way to keep himself almost as relevant as he was when he was playing by repeatedly vowing to pay half of the fine imposed on linebacker Ahmad Brooks for violating the rules against forcibly striking a quarterback in the head or neck area.

Brooks was fined $15,750 for an illegal hit to Saints quarterback Drew Brees.

Lewis has said on ESPN that he’ll pay half the fine.  According to Chris Mortensen of ESPN, Brooks will appeal the fine — but he won’t take money from Lewis.

Lewis has said Brooks will take it.  According to Adam Schefter of ESPN, Lewis said, “I will see Ahmad on Monday and I will have a check in hand for half of the fine.”

League rules prohibit anyone paying fines other than the persons who are fined.  As a practical matter, however, it becomes impossible for the NFL to determine whether money has changed hands.

But it’s not impossible for the NFL, which had no qualms about telling ESPN to shut down Playmakers a decade ago, to tell ESPN to tell its analysts to respect the league’s rules and procedures.

Meanwhile, someone should tell ESPN that the efforts of guys like Lewis and Tedy Bruschi to support and promote violent acts in football will serve only to bolster the efforts of ESPN’s in-house Woodward and Bernstein-Wada brothers to ultimately shut down the sport.

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27 Responses to “Brooks will appeal his fine, won’t take money from Lewis”
  1. sandman34rt says: Nov 20, 2013 8:16 PM

    Do the 49ers do anything other then whine?

  2. fumblenuts says: Nov 20, 2013 8:18 PM

    All PI calls SHOULD BE REVIEWED upstairs……

  3. sfsugator says: Nov 20, 2013 8:23 PM

    sfsugator says:
    Nov 20, 2013 7:43 PM
    The nfl is becoming more watered down every day, please stop ruining our favorite sport. This is not soccer.


    NFL fans everywhere

  4. mrlaloosh says: Nov 20, 2013 8:23 PM

    He better take the cash from Ray. We all know what happens when Ray gets mad.

  5. vcstriker16 says: Nov 20, 2013 8:25 PM

    But it should not have been a penalty.

  6. lawchick35 says: Nov 20, 2013 8:26 PM

    I respect both, Ray and Ted, for offering to pay. I’m not a miners fan & I thought that penalty was ridiculous. The fine is even more crazy. Linebackers, need to stick together & hats off the two legend for standing up for defenders.

  7. gosfvr says: Nov 20, 2013 8:27 PM

    sandman34rt says:
    Nov 20, 2013 8:16 PM
    Do the 49ers do anything other then whine?


    Seriously? You read that from this article?

  8. 8man says: Nov 20, 2013 8:32 PM

    Crap call. How do you tackle a QB and stop his arm from moving forward without bringing both arms in over his shoulders?

    I remember when the NFL was a man’s sport. Reagan was president.

  9. stevemo says: Nov 20, 2013 8:32 PM

    If he refuses to take Lewis’ money, Lewis should donate to a charity of Brooks’ choice. I’m also surprised by the jabs at Lewis in the this article – the awkwardness if I were offering someone money and somebody came over and insinuated that I was very selfish would unbearable.

  10. saintsfan26 says: Nov 20, 2013 8:33 PM

    Hey Ray, just because you got away with murder, doesn’t mean Ahmad Brooks should.

    Geaux Saints!

  11. footballgod87 says: Nov 20, 2013 8:36 PM

    Florio never seems to question the league and the questionable flags/fines. I remember him saying goodell should get a raise after the lockout. I wonder why that is

  12. look8me says: Nov 20, 2013 8:37 PM

    I hate to see any violence in football.

  13. doe22us says: Nov 20, 2013 8:37 PM

    Oh Ray as if ESPN exposure was not enough, always finding ways to inject himself into the conversation. It may be borderline narcissim, speaking from someone who owns his jersey.

  14. upperdecker19 says: Nov 20, 2013 8:39 PM

    Hey Moose….Rocco… Ray Lewis find his checkbook!!!

  15. calicokiller49 says: Nov 20, 2013 8:40 PM

    They had to fine brooks, the call was horrific, not to fine brooks would be hypocritical

  16. dukeearl says: Nov 20, 2013 8:44 PM

    sandman34rt says:
    Nov 20, 2013 8:16 PM
    Do the 49ers do anything other then whine?


    I am a Seahawk fan, 49ers would generally speaking be my next favorite team. I see no whining from San Francisco players in this article.

  17. melikefootball says: Nov 20, 2013 9:11 PM

    Ray Ray at his best, first he says the officials should let us ( in him) teach them the rules and now pay fines. How full of yourself can you get.

  18. imatroll300 says: Nov 20, 2013 9:19 PM

    forget the nfl im supporting rugby and aussie football at least they can hit and the dont wear pads

  19. thestrategyexpert says: Nov 20, 2013 9:20 PM

    Do Fantex or Bitcoin credit transfers count as payment?

  20. nagaswan says: Nov 20, 2013 9:28 PM

    Lewis should stab Brooks.

  21. sfm073 says: Nov 20, 2013 9:56 PM

    Do you take cheap shots at people to hide your poor journalism skills?

  22. mdice says: Nov 20, 2013 10:19 PM

    Sounds like a bounty to me.

  23. silentcount says: Nov 20, 2013 10:58 PM

    It certainly looked like Brooks was trying to injure Brees, and he’s getting paid, too. So, we have no choice but to suspend Harbaugh for a year, along with their top assistant coach and GM. And also fine the owner 500 grand. Isn’t that how it works?

  24. hess97 says: Nov 20, 2013 10:59 PM

    when you hit someone on the ground in the back minutes after the play, the only motive could be intent to hurt. and that is what jed collins did to brown. how much did he get fined?

    quite the opposite of brooks hit in which he didnt have even a split second to react to brees, once he came off his block.

  25. bearwithjetpack says: Nov 20, 2013 11:09 PM

    “Meanwhile, someone should tell ESPN that the efforts of guys like Lewis and Tedy Bruschi to support and promote violent acts in football”

    You mean support and promote defense?

  26. doubleogator says: Nov 21, 2013 9:35 AM

    Lewis is still craving attention…

  27. frankyvito says: Nov 21, 2013 12:17 PM

    Promote violent acts… Do you even listen to yourself? Isn’t, by definition, tackling a violent act? There’s NO football without violence.

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