PEPPERS, ALLEN FINED $10,000

It’s Friday, which means it’s fine day in the NFL, and today two of the league’s top defensive ends learned that their next paychecks will be $10,000 lighter.
The Associated Press reports that Panthers defensive end Julius Peppers and Vikings defensive end Jared Allen have each been fined $10,000. Peppers’ fine was for hitting Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers after Rodgers had stepped out of bounds, and Allen’s was for using the ball as a prop, mocking the Bears’ offense by pretending the ball was a patient that needed CPR.
Few players can compare to Allen when it comes to getting fined. He’s had, according to the AP tally, $90,000 in fines so far this season.
Other fines reported by the AP today include $7,500 for unnecessary roughness for Titans tackle David Stewart, $5,000 for Vikings cornerback Benny Sapp for hitting an opponent in the head, $7,500 to Bears receiver Brandon Lloyd for a horse-collar tackle on Sapp after an interception and $7,500 to Bears cornerback Charles Tillman for a horse-collar tackle on Bernard Berrian.
One player who wasn’t fined: Bears defensive end Adewale Ogunleye, for what some thought was a late hit on Vikings quarterback Gus Frerotte Sunday night. Frerotte appeared to flop on the play, but Ogunleye clearly hit Frerotte well after the ball was gone.

33 responses to “PEPPERS, ALLEN FINED $10,000

  1. Jared Allen very well deserved his fine. He used the ball as a prop. I doubt $10G’s really mean that much to Jared. I love Jared, I just wish he would rope the calf and let the ball alone.

  2. Ogunleye was NOT penalized on the play, which was part of the uproar. Surprising he didn’t get fined, though. It seemed a pretty minor hit (despite the impressive flop) but it was VERY late.

  3. The league needs more outstanding individuals like Jared Allen, who has already graciously donated $90k to the United Way alone this season. God bless him. Seeing all of those other Bears and Vikings following his lead last Sunday shows that the gift of giving is contagious as well. Oh bless them all.

  4. The Peppers hit was NOT late. Rogers was not out of bounds. As a matter of fact, a few plays earlier, he was running on the sideline and acted like he was going out to fake a defender, and cut back in for a first down. If Peppers had quit on the play the same thing would have happened.
    Rogers is a wimp. Running down the sideline and sticking a toe out when he is about to get hit. That is the ultimate pussy move.
    He didn’t run again for the rest of the game.

  5. NFL showing once again that they are bullshit. Fine some dude 10K because he played with OMG AN OFFICIAL BALL but a late hit on a QB doesnt warrant a fine.
    Yes I can see the logic in that. F you Goodell. rat bastard.

  6. How ridiculous is this? A player gets fined 10000$ for giving CPR to a football as part of a celebration. I can’t understand how this is justified? 10000$ is a lot of money, I don’t care how much he makes, the league is becoming a joke when it comes to suspensions. I understand why players are fined for violent hits, but celebrations? It makes no sense to me.

  7. Peppers didn’t deserve that fine. He hit Rodgers a split-second after he stepped out of bounds. If Peppers had started to pull up, Rodgers would have kept scrambling for the first down, much like he did earlier in the game.

  8. Goodell is a tool. Inconsistency is his legacy. Take the money from the fines, and buy him a f’ing clue.

  9. PFT.com wrote “but Ogunleye clearly hit Frerotte well after the ball was gone.” (Quoted to prevent plagiarism) So, why wasn’t he fined? Why wasn’t he flagged?
    And I was so afraid that Allen was going to get a flag for the football as a prop thing. It was probably too late for da Bears to come back, but then again…

  10. Does Jared Allen get a tax write off for all of this fine money he is paying out? After all it does eventually go to a charity of some kind.
    $10k for using the ball as a prop? The league is starting to get pretty ridiculous. 10 thousand dollars, for giving a ball CPR. Benny Sapp jacks a guy in the head after the play is over, well away from the ball and gets a $5k fine.
    Apparently the league is more concerned about the ball being harmed by getting leaned on by a D-Lineman, than that Bears player’s head getting harmed by another player.
    No
    Fun
    League

  11. “The Peppers hit was NOT late. Rogers was not out of bounds.”
    Oh pulease. Both of Rodgers feet were out of bounds before contact was made. They would have called that penalty even if it was a RB that was hit, let alone a QB.
    “Rogers is a wimp. Running down the sideline and sticking a toe out when he is about to get hit. That is the ultimate pussy move.”
    Or maybe he is just being smart. What, you expect him to lower his shoulder and try to barrel over a guy thats got about 100 pounds on him?!?! Huh idiot??

  12. Yep. . .had Jared Allen hit Kyle Orton the same way that Ogunleye hit Frerotte, he probably would have been fined and suspended.
    Ah, well, anything that Goodell can do to screw over the Vikings as much as possible, I guess. I suppose I’d be angry, too, if a couple of players from a particular team were going to make me look like a complete moron in a court of law.

  13. Peppers should also have been ejected from the game. C’mon, man up, Peppers. Hit em in bounds all day, don’t wait til they’re out and not looking for it. But then if he coulda hit him in bounds, Rodgers wouldn’t have run his O up and down the field at will all second half.

  14. woah woah. what about Leonard Little? did no one else find his completely unnecessary hit on Chad Pennington excessive? he came across the line pre-snap, and plowed Chad. There was no flag for roughness, just an ‘offsides’ call. no one on the offense moved, just Little, running all the way around and hitting a defenseless quarterback that was just standing there.
    unbelievable.

  15. How the HELL did they not fine the piss out of Ogunleye when Jared Allen has been fined for hits that were far less late, and less of an impact.
    Oh, and for those who thing that was just a flop by Ferrotte, watch the video. As Ogunleye hits Ferrotte (the most late hit on a QB I’ve seen all year) he shoves Ferrotte with his arms. You can see it clearly if you watch in slow motion. Ferrotte goes down head-first into the turf.
    The fact that it was not called, and that Ogunleye wasn’t fined or suspended, speaks volumes to the NFL’s obvious favoritism of large market teams. Meanwhile the fines the Vikings have been riddled with this season proves that the NFL could give a crap about small market teams.

  16. The TV broadcast didn’t replay the hit. At the time I thought there was a good chance that Rodgers got hit *before* either foot *touched* out of bounds. Can’t find a video, but this pic shows how close it really was:
    http://news.yahoo.com/nphotos/slideshow/photo//081130/ids_photos_sp/r590891742.jpg/
    Yes, Rodgers *first* foot is down in the pic, but that pic is well after contact was initiated. I still think the hit was initiated before Rodgers has touched out of bounds.

  17. I understand the fine for Allen because he used a prop! But no fine for Ogunleye is an absolute joke!!! The hit was late doesn’t matter how bad it was it was WAY late. Allen took one step and let up on Rodgers and was still fined $25,000. GOODELL is a MORON and then need to get him out of office! He is trying to be a dictator and all he really is is a DICK!!!
    As for the Peppers hit, if you watch it in slow motion you can see that Rodgers had not touched out of bounds at the time he was hit. Another ridiculous fine! Pepper is running all out and you expect him to know whether Rodgers is going out of bounds or is going to cut back in? The NFL is becoming a joke. How about fining Rodgers for hit against the Saints after the int. Wasn’t he pumping his fist against his chest, isn’t that taunting! Why stop there? Isn’t any celebration where you leave your feet supposed to be a penalty? But you grandfather the Lambeau leap, WHY cause Goodell likes the Packers as apparent by anyone who ruffles Rodgers skirt gets a fine!

  18. Smith- for what some thought was a late hit? Was it late?? Did he hit the QB?
    quit following Florio’s lead and write the facts. It was late, he hit the QB and although it was not flagged it was a late hit.
    Many plays that are not flagged are still wrong just as the Peppers play was flagged and fined and should not have been!

  19. someone explain this to me…
    i dont understand why allen was fined. when i was watching the game, they waived that play dead due to a fumble or false start or something else so jared allen’s defensive touchdown doesnt count. how can you fine jared allen for a td celebration if the td didnt count?

  20. Total conspiracy theory here, but…
    It is just a coincidence that Goodell happens to bring down the hammer on two teams that were clearly targeted in the StarCaps saga (NO ONE ELSE in the league was using these things? C’maaaaan!) right before playoff time, and a certain Chicago football team that needs help to get into the playoffs happens to be a direct beneficiary of both teams’ suspensions?
    I was stewing on own theory in silence until Ogun was let off the hook for – granted – a wussy hit, but a reeeee-diculously late one. When Jared Allen farts upwind of a QB they ding him for five figures, so why the disparity? Perhaps Goodell has become the David Stern of the NFL (the San Antonio Spurs team members voted him MVP of the playoffs a couple of years ago over the who-left-the-benches-and-why debacle… (Side note: Worst. Commissioner. Ever.))
    I have to believe that this (perceived) favoritism has something to do with market size, and how many dollars said markets will dump into NFL coffers during the playoffs (taking into account all revenue streatms, particularly those generated via TV advertising). In simple terms, the Bears mean a lot more to the NFL in terms of dollars than the Vikings, as do the NY teams, Dallas, and some of the more-broadly-liked teams. Thus, when referee errors are made – intentionally or otherwise – they tend to favor the team that represents more money for the league more often than not (just ask Seahawks fans after their recent Super Bowl appearance).
    Well this was probably not posted in response to the correct article, but the complete and total disparity in the manner in which fines are levied really added fuel to my fire on this one. Small market teams unite!

  21. Is there any official record for consecutive games with a fine? Because I think Allen’s had four in a row. At this point I think Goodell will fine him if he was on the sidelines for the entire game.
    Also, not fine for Ugunleye, but Allen gets fined? I think Goodell is just saying FU to the Vikings for the Williams filing suit.
    In fact, I think Goodell’s just waiting for suspend Allen a game for a minor infraction just to show off his power and stick it to the Vikings as a show of his ulitmate power.

  22. “Total conspiracy theory here, but…
    It is just a coincidence that Goodell happens to bring down the hammer on two teams that were clearly targeted in the StarCaps saga (NO ONE ELSE in the league was using these things? C’maaaaan!) right before playoff time, and a certain Chicago football team that needs help to get into the playoffs happens to be a direct beneficiary of both teams’ suspensions?
    I was stewing on own theory in silence until Ogun was let off the hook for – granted – a wussy hit, but a reeeee-diculously late one. When Jared Allen farts upwind of a QB they ding him for five figures, so why the disparity? Perhaps Goodell has become the David Stern of the NFL (the San Antonio Spurs team members voted him MVP of the playoffs a couple of years ago over the who-left-the-benches-and-why debacle… (Side note: Worst. Commissioner. Ever.))
    I have to believe that this (perceived) favoritism has something to do with market size, and how many dollars said markets will dump into NFL coffers during the playoffs (taking into account all revenue streatms, particularly those generated via TV advertising). In simple terms, the Bears mean a lot more to the NFL in terms of dollars than the Vikings, as do the NY teams, Dallas, and some of the more-broadly-liked teams. Thus, when referee errors are made – intentionally or otherwise – they tend to favor the team that represents more money for the league more often than not (just ask Seahawks fans after their recent Super Bowl appearance).
    Well this was probably not posted in response to the correct article, but the complete and total disparity in the manner in which fines are levied really added fuel to my fire on this one. Small market teams unite!”
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    DaBears… that’s funny, I said the same thing in another thread when they were talking about the Williams duo’s suspension.
    ——————————-
    “I think the real question to ask in this case is…
    What does the NFL, as a business, have to gain by suspending Kevin Williams and Pat Williams right before the playoffs?
    The Vikings are now 7-3 since switching to Gus Ferrotte. Suspending the Williams duo thereby keeps one of the best teams in the NFC out of the playoffs, or it keeps that team from being able to stop the run in the playoffs, when they’ll face fellow NFC teams that are extremely run dependent. This could then be viewed as a move to make the Vikings lose… or more likely, to help whoever is going to face them, win by default.
    Now, I’m all about the consipracy theorys when it comes to things that just don’t make sense, and the fact that for 2 years the league decided not to NOT tell the players about the presence of a banned, illegal, and potentially hazardous substance, illegally existing in a commonly used weight loss suppliment for athletes, speaks volumes.
    Combine that with the fact that they are now choosing to selectively suspend players, right before the playoffs, for using said suppliment. What does that tell you? A business doesn’t make irrational decisions like that unless it has something to gain. So what run-dependent team would the NFL have a special interest in helping out this year? Hmmm… Panthers? Falcons? Giants? Bucs? Bears?
    Maybe all of the above?”
    ——————————-
    Personally, I think those two “conspiracy theories” are much closer to the truth than anyone realizes.
    $0.02,
    –Z

  23. Do some Vike fans really think that hit on Fakeorot which he fell over half dead was real? Wow. It must be fun going through life with both eyes tightly shut to the blinding light of reality…

  24. Lighten up NFL. Football is about having fun. It would be nice to know the criteria by which you mete out the fines. Who oversees the “fairness” of the judgments that you guys make?

  25. Re the Peppers hit, several of the posts are inaccurate. One said Rodgers wasn’t OOB, one said he had both feet out; neither is correct.
    Having taped the game, I slo-mo’d the play several times. It was neither an excessive hit, as Peppers used his shoulder only, and not his helmet (and he wasn’t head-hunting, as no helmet contact occurred), nor was it a blatantly late OOB hit. Rodgers first step over the sideline was made less than a foot over, and before the second foot was down, the hit was made — it was as bang-bang as you can get, a millisecond in real time.
    Peppers had no time to pull up; he was committed to preventing the QB from duplicating a previous bootleg, when he tiptoed up the sideline for an added 5-6 yards for a first down. Incidentally, Rodgers on this play only missed a FD by a foot.
    The fine is blatantly ridiculous; there shouldn’t have even been a flag thrown. The QB assumes the identity of a RB when he carries the ball and doesn’t slide. Would there have been a flag had a CB made the same shove OOB on a RB (which happens in every game)?

  26. langdon says:
    December 5th, 2008 at 6:17 pm
    The Peppers hit was NOT late. Rogers was not out of bounds. As a matter of fact, a few plays earlier, he was running on the sideline and acted like he was going out to fake a defender, and cut back in for a first down. If Peppers had quit on the play the same thing would have happened.
    Rogers is a wimp. Running down the sideline and sticking a toe out when he is about to get hit. That is the ultimate pussy move.
    He didn’t run again for the rest of the game.
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    Ignorance. I agree that the fine is BS. And even the penalty was borderline – it was very close. If the hit weren’t so hard he probably wouldn’t have been penalized or fined. I think Rodgers got the call because the fans reacted so forcefully.
    But to call Rodgers a wimp because of something that was completely out of his control is just piss poor. And he didn’t run again for the rest of the game because the next time they got the ball there was a minute and a half left in the game and they were down 4 points. Use your brain.

  27. I HAVE BEEN RIPPING THAT FRAUD ROGER GOODELL(THE MAN WITH THE GOD COMPLEX) ALL YEAR LONG AND NOW I SEE I AM NOT ALONE.THIS CLOWN NEEDS TO BE REMOVED,IF HE KEEPS HIS JOB THE NFL WILL BECOME THE NFFL WHICH STANDS FOR NATIONAL FLAG FOOTBALL….THIS GUY IS A TOTAL FRAUD

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