Bart Scott avoids $30,000 in chinstrap fines

Earlier this month, Steelers safety Troy Polamalu used his money-for-next-to-nothing Head & Shoulders media tour to complain about the league’s system for fining players.  Under the impression that the league both giveth the fine and then decides whether to taketh it away, Polamalu explained that the system isn’t fair.

But the systems doesn’t work the way he thinks it does.  The NFL imposes the fine, and former coaches Art Shell and Ted Cottrell decide whether the fine will stick.  They were selected by the league and the union, and they’re paid by the league and the union.

And if they keep it up, the league will want to get rid of them.

Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News reports that the the appeal process has resulted in the scuttling of $30,000 in fines imposed against Jets linebacker Bart Scott.

Per Mehta, Scott will have to pay nothing.

We’re not quite sure what it means.  With Scott getting off Bart free, the message is that chinstraps need not be buckled.  Apparently, Shell and Cottrell believe that if the skulls onto which the helmets are fastened aren’t smart enough to fasten the helmets to the skulls, the players shouldn’t be punished for choosing not to fasten their helmets to their skulls.

6 responses to “Bart Scott avoids $30,000 in chinstrap fines

  1. “Apparently, Shell and Cottrell believe that if the skulls onto which the helmets are fastened aren’t smart enough to fasten the helmets to the skulls, the players shouldn’t be punished for choosing not to fasten their helmets to their skulls.”

    Nice joke. Too bad you stole it from your boy.

  2. On the topic of player safety, I read that CBS Sports’ Charley Casserly recently reported that Roger Goodell plans to form an injury safety committee of former players and coaches to offer both him and the league’s competition committee recommendations relating to, among other things, player education and uniform application of rules. My understanding is that player equipment-related issues may also be a topic of discussion. That would presumably include more consistent enforcement of fines for violations of mandatory equipment usage.

    Commissioner Goodell should be applauded—I hope there are no Steelers fans reading this post—for forming this committee. Ronnie Lott and John Madden would be superb choices for committee membership.

  3. hey florio this is aint news. how about you talk about the team you dumped on all offseason is 9-2 (leading the league in f’n wins) while your vikings are in shambles?

    how about you man up and admit mike tannenbaum is a great gm?

  4. rhodeislandpatriotsfan says:
    Nov 26, 2010 2:35 PM
    On the topic of player safety, I read that CBS Sports’ Charley Casserly recently reported that Roger Goodell plans to form an injury safety committee of former players and coaches to offer both him and the league’s competition committee recommendations relating to, among other things, player education and uniform application of rules.

    Just what the NFL needs another committee to add to the overhead costs. It’s mere window dressing in an effort to support Goodell’s policies. “See all these people agree with me!” If Goodell wants to help the NFL he should go on vacation until early February.

    Fire Goodell.

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