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William Gay fined for unflagged hit to Jason Campbell

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On Sunday, Steelers cornerback William Gay delivered a blow to the head of Browns quarterback Jason Campbell.  The officials missed it.  The league office didn’t.

Gay has been fined $15,750 for unnecessary roughness based on the delivery of a forcible blow to the head/neck of a quarterback in the pocket.

The fine confirms that the officials missed the call.

Campbell, who ended up with a concussion, is out for Sunday’s game against the Jaguars.

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34 Responses to “William Gay fined for unflagged hit to Jason Campbell”
  1. bearwithjetpack says: Nov 29, 2013 3:25 PM

    Sorry Jason,

    You must bring in this much revenue to qualify for the NFL’s premium protection plan.

    But to make up for your brain damage, we fined the guy after the game.

    Love always,
    The NFL

  2. asimonetti88 says: Nov 29, 2013 3:26 PM

    Is there a reason he was fined less than Ahmad Brooks despite actually hitting the QB in the head?

  3. thegreatgabbert says: Nov 29, 2013 3:26 PM

    William will deal with it. The rewards for necessary roughness far outweigh the penalties for unnecessary roughness.

  4. thegreatgabbert says: Nov 29, 2013 3:28 PM

    Gay was going to pay the fine with his bounty money but he came up a couple thousand short. Players just aren’t giving this year the way they have in the past.

  5. supermadelf says: Nov 29, 2013 3:35 PM

    MAYBE, this go ’round, we actually try and have a draft?

  6. t8ertot says: Nov 29, 2013 3:38 PM

    There needs to consequences for the refs mistakes. Too many missed penalties, or wrong calls which can have heavy implications on the outcome of the game. If players are accountable, so should the refs. And the star treatment some players get is unacceptable.

  7. steelersaregodsteam says: Nov 29, 2013 3:46 PM

    The league has it out for us. It’s that simple. We will overcome. We always overcome.

    March.

  8. cursedvikings1998 says: Nov 29, 2013 3:55 PM

    ———————————————–
    asimonetti88 says:
    Nov 29, 2013 3:26 PM
    Is there a reason he was fined less than Ahmad Brooks despite actually hitting the QB in the head?
    ———————————————

    He wasn’t fined less. They were fined the same amount. Florio likes to round up to the nearest thousand dollar amount sometimes.

    Geez.

  9. biggestsaintsfanever says: Nov 29, 2013 3:56 PM

    asimonetti88 says:
    Nov 29, 2013 3:26 PM

    Is there a reason he was fined less than Ahmad Brooks despite actually hitting the QB in the head?
    He was fined the same amount as Brooks, because they were similar illegal hits.

  10. gettingpwned says: Nov 29, 2013 4:04 PM

    Not for nothing, but Campbell kind of ducked into the hit by Gay’s hand.

  11. kwjsb says: Nov 29, 2013 4:07 PM

    I agree it seems like a slap on the hand, but then again I am still waiting for the fine for the Bills linebacker who hit Hoyer as he was sliding, knocking him out for the season, and the Ravens DB who was on film with a 2 hand choke hold on Gregg Little.

    But at 54 years old, I do realize there are the rules, and then there are the Orange Helmet exceptions.

  12. thinredline69 says: Nov 29, 2013 4:08 PM

    Like it or not, the Steelers will be in the playoffs this year. Go ahead and roll your eyes, chuckle, whatever you have to do….but I encourage all doubters to BOOKMARK this post then comeback to take your medicine once this prophecy is fulfilled.

  13. tharp0820 says: Nov 29, 2013 4:15 PM

    And yet.aikeem hicks has not been fined for his hit on matt
    ryan that was.worse and more blatant than the brooks hit on brees because he actually grabbed the.facemask. Im guessing its cuz ryan isnt part of the elite club that is clearly being protected by the nfl u know.which ones.im talking about brees rogers brady manning

  14. rolli1967 says: Nov 29, 2013 4:17 PM

    thinredline69 says:
    Nov 29, 2013 4:08 PM
    Like it or not, the Steelers will be in the playoffs this year. Go ahead and roll your eyes, chuckle, whatever you have to do….but I encourage all doubters to BOOKMARK this post then comeback to take your medicine once this prophecy is fulfilled.

    ———————————————-

    Give me some of whatever you are smoking…after the loss to the Ravens, the Steelers would have win all of their remaining games and get some help from other teams. Keep dreaming.

  15. harrycanyon says: Nov 29, 2013 4:28 PM

    If a player is getting a fine without it even being a penalty, then the ref needs to be fined as well. He missed the call on the field. They need to be held accountable, and maybe stupid calls will go away.

  16. seatownballers says: Nov 29, 2013 4:39 PM

    Steelers are done. 4 years of rebuilding coming. Finishing 7-9
    March to that beat

  17. ramitbaby says: Nov 29, 2013 4:45 PM

    If the flag dont eject
    You can’t collect.

    - Johnny Cochran

  18. Deb says: Nov 29, 2013 4:53 PM

    t8ertot says:

    There needs to consequences for the refs mistakes.
    ————————————————-
    The problem with fining refs for bad calls is that it’s still reacting after the fact when it can no longer make a difference in the game outcome. Roger Goodell talks nonstop about protecting the shield and defending the integrity of the game. But as long as the officiating is sloppy and unreliable, the game has no integrity. The NFL rakes in billions of dollars and has the sorriest officiating in major sports. What happened in the Pats/Carolina game was insane–certainly as ridiculous as the final call by the “replacement” refs in the Seattle Packers game last season.

    We’ve talked ad nauseum about whether or not Mike Tomlin should be fined for stepping six inches onto the field of play during a runback in last night’s Steelers/Ravens game. But where is the discussion about the deliberate spear to the head on Le’veon Bell? Oh … right … he’s a running back, so it’s okay to try and take his head off. But we don’t want to concuss receivers. Well, that makes perfect sense.

    It’s long past time the league reviewed all its rules to make sure they are sensible and hired/trained officials who can ensure they’re evenly enforced. Until that happens, no game outcome can be trusted.

  19. hakunamangata says: Nov 29, 2013 5:08 PM

    The league has it out for you?????? I guess I figured out why you use god in your title, because I’m constantly asking myself “my god you can’t be serious” when I read your posts.

    Please explain how a center who was cut by the titans for a journeyman veteran, and a rookie fifth rounder, is now able to effectively block Phil Taylor and Haloti Ngata for two straight games.

    Explain how your team can’t seem to run block an opposing cornerback on the edge, but yet can create holes big enough to drive trucks through on the interior (you know where holding is less noticeable).

    Explain how a corner who leaves Pittsburgh is constantly being burned in coverage against #3 receivers yet returns to Pittsburgh and can all of a sudden lock down #1s?

    Explain how receivers who leave can’t get separation from said terrible corners but yet come back to find miles and miles of open field.

    And finally explain how just a week ago a coach for the jets was flagged for interfering with the refs ability to move along the sideline (not the play on the field) yet last night the ref had to not only dodge your head coach but so did jacoby jones.

    Once you give me a reason for any of these things then I’ll entertain your thought that the league has it out for you.

    Until then march….into a lake.

  20. oldbrowndawg says: Nov 29, 2013 5:35 PM

    The read story here is that had this dude been flagged like he should have been, the Stealers wouldn’t have been able to run the ball after Campbell’s “fumble” back to the Cleveland 4 yard line, handing them a gift TD. Instead, it would have been a 15-yard flag and a 1st down. Crap like this changes the outcome of games. If you doubt it, consider how the Stealers stole (or, rather, were gifted) the ’08 Super Bowl against Seattle. Worst reffed game I’ve ever seen and I’ve been watchin’ ‘em since 1958! Even the head ref admitted later that his crew blew four “crucial” calls (his words, not mine). Now tell us again how the vaunted Stealers “suffer” at the hands of the NFL. PLEASE! And as to their making the playoffs this year, maybe that poster didn’t see last night’s Ravens’ win over his hapless crew. Ain’t happening, dude, with or without gifts from the refs such as this non flag of Gay during the game.

  21. Nofoolnodrool says: Nov 29, 2013 6:27 PM

    oldbrowndawg says:
    Nov 29, 2013 5:35 PM
    The read story here is that had this dude been flagged like he should have been, the Stealers wouldn’t have been able to run the ball after Campbell’s “fumble” back to the Cleveland 4 yard line, handing them a gift TD. Instead, it would have been a 15-yard flag and a 1st down. Crap like this changes the outcome of games. If you doubt it, consider how the Stealers stole (or, rather, were gifted) the ’08 Super Bowl against Seattle. Worst reffed game I’ve ever seen and I’ve been watchin’ ‘em since 1958! Even the head ref admitted later that his crew blew four “crucial” calls (his words, not mine). Now tell us again how the vaunted Stealers “suffer” at the hands of the NFL. PLEASE! And as to their making the playoffs this year, maybe that poster didn’t see last night’s Ravens’ win over his hapless crew. Ain’t happening, dude, with or without gifts from the refs such as this non flag of Gay

    The many years you have suffered as a Browns fan at the hands of the steelers has warped your sense of logic and reality. The hapless crew you speak of lost by two points, exceeding your IQ by the same amount. Whining about a SB being lost because of the refs……waaaaa…get over it. Winners win inspite of the refs….losers don’t. So as a loser you complain ……tough to be a browns fan tougher to be a smart Browns fan.

  22. takemytalentstosoutheuclid says: Nov 29, 2013 7:15 PM

    oldbrowndawg says:
    Nov 29, 2013 5:35 PM

    The many years you have suffered as a Browns fan at the hands of the steelers has warped your sense of logic and reality. The hapless crew you speak of lost by two points, exceeding your IQ by the same amount. Whining about a SB being lost because of the refs……waaaaa…get over it. Winners win inspite of the refs….losers don’t. So as a loser you complain ……tough to be a browns fan tougher to be a smart Browns fan.

    No, losers have their head coach step on to the field of play during a potential kickoff return for a TD….. and they wave yellow towels.

  23. steelersaresatansteam says: Nov 29, 2013 8:16 PM

    March on indeed.

  24. tedmurph says: Nov 29, 2013 8:47 PM

    Why talk about the steelers? Is the draft coming up?

  25. opneon says: Nov 29, 2013 9:37 PM

    Steelers hardly ever get calls against them until other fans call for it AFTER the game.
    They are the biggest Squealers and the biggest cheaters…
    right, Dancing with the Stars, COACH TOMLIN on Thanksgiving night???

  26. crownofthehelmet says: Nov 29, 2013 10:01 PM

    I just had deja vu – 2005 the steelers lost game #12 to a division rival, everyone counted them out. They went on to rattle off 8 in a row to hoist the Lombardi.

    Almost sounds too easy when I put it that way.

  27. meliseg says: Nov 29, 2013 10:39 PM

    Last night was a blood bath. I’m not surprised to see fines like this after a Ravens – Steelers game. This is not the first time they have played each other…and the steelers are notorious for playing dirty. Remember this :

    “Hines Ward should be considered a dirty player after the 11-year veteran was fined by the league for hits he made against the Ravens and Jaguars, neither of which were penalized by an official at the time. The discourse got more intense after Ward ended Bengals rookie linebacker Keith Rivers’ season with a blindside block that broke Rivers’ jaw this past Sunday in Cincinnati.”

    That was 2008. James harrison had his share of fines that year as well. Neither was sorry for it. And they would do it again. James Harrison still would if he could.

    But why the Steelers hate? Is it because they have been somewhat consistent in their tenure since the merger? Look, im not someone that hates on all other teams jut because thy arnt “my favorite team”. I’m a die hard Steeler fan. I hate the Ravens, Bengals, Pats, Cowboys, and Raiders. And the rest, well it only matters what their record is and if it matters to the playoff structure.

    So why do Bucs and Chief fans (examples…throw any other team name in) hate the Steelers? I just dont get it. If they dont play that team often why be haters? Normally I just sit back and let it roll, but today Im wondering whoses passing the haterade around. I can give you 10 teams under performing the Steelers. And so could all of you. Wash that down. For us there is always next year. And because we have seen our share of Superbowls, I don’t think we will be hiding our terrible towels.

  28. ericbleedspurple says: Nov 29, 2013 11:00 PM

    I never thought that I’d see the day that Pittsburgh Steeler fans cry about the refs cheating or about another team playing to rough with their team. The AFC North has been a smash mouth division since it’s inception with the Steelers always leading the way with hard hitting defenses and in your face offenses. Now in the 2013 season their fans have been reduced to this because of one bad season. Wow. Bad and missed calls by the refs tend to even themselves out throughout the season with fans being mysteriously quiet when those calls benefit their team. As far as making the playoff goes, you’d guys have to win out and hope the AFC teams lose at least three of their last four games.

  29. msclemons67 says: Nov 30, 2013 1:06 AM

    Maybe the league should lock out the referees again. The replacement refs only screwed up one or two games a week. The real refs seem to be screwing up every game.

    While they’re at it, maybe the league could release a chart showing which millimeter of Drew Brees’ body that’s legal to hit? I’ve seen him hit in the thigh and called too low. Hit in the shoulders and called too high. Hit in the freaking belly button and flagged. Is there a magic spot where defensive players are allowed to touch the softie?

  30. 4512dawg4512 says: Nov 30, 2013 6:21 AM

    That penalty could have helped us, way to go refs. I don’t know how in the world they missed that

  31. pabrownsfan says: Nov 30, 2013 9:07 AM

    Well said Deb.

  32. jmblosser82 says: Nov 30, 2013 9:29 AM

    I’ve seen the Ravens in several games(most if which they were not going to win)out to injury players and Thursday night when it looked like they might lose the were at it again.

    Say what you want about the steelers but they are playing with more heart the last few games the the last season and a half. Also as the playoff hopes go if the Steelers win out they would only need certain teams to lose 2 games not 3, not expecting it tho.

  33. steelcurtainn says: Nov 30, 2013 10:39 AM

    Another laughable fine. Gay will right a check and move on. I am sure to him all that matters was the win. Steelers still make the playoffs.

  34. steelersfanfromtheseventies says: Nov 30, 2013 4:11 PM

    @ meliseg.

    The answer to your question. would be success for some breeds envy in others.

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