Jets defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson was flagged for a hit on Browns quarterback Jason Campbell on Sunday, and today Richardson found out that the league office is fining him $15,000. According to Richardson, the fine was accompanied by a letter that told him to be more gentle with quarterbacks.
Richardson wrote on Twitter that the NFL told him that he was wrong to land on Campbell with his full body weight, and that he should have cradled Campbell with his arms, not come down hard on top of him.
Just read my fine letter.. 15k because I landed on the QB with my full body lbs...it says I'm suppose to cradle him with my arms. OKAY—
Sheldon Richardson (@Godforshort) December 24, 2013
Richardson added that he wishes the league would treat defensive tackles and quarterbacks the same.
“For Christmas I want the league to go back to real football . . . where every man is equal no matter the position,” Richardson wrote.
That’s not a Christmas wish that Santa or Roger Goodell is likely to grant.