Giants’ Rolle fined $20,000; Phillips fined $10,000


The New York Giants’ starting safeties have been fined a total of $30,000 for a pair of hits in Sunday’s 28-14 loss to the Washington Redskins.

Antrel Rolle was fined $20,000 for spearing, while Kenny Phillips was fined $10,000 for striking an opponent in the head and neck area.

Rolle was flagged for unnecessary roughness for a hit on Redskins tight end Fred Davis, and spearing is one of the infractions the NFL takes very seriously: $20,000 is the minimum fine. Rolle’s penalty was even costlier for the Giants than it was for him personally, as it gave the Redskins an automatic first down just as the Giants’ defense had stopped them on third down. The Redskins led 21-14 at the time, but instead of punting to the Giants and giving them a chance to tie the score, the Redskins scored a touchdown after Rolle’s penalty to seal the victory.

Phillips was not flagged at any point in the game, and the NFL hasn’t said exactly what he did to earn a fine, but it was reportedly also a hit on Davis. Phillips said today that he plans to appeal.

25 responses to “Giants’ Rolle fined $20,000; Phillips fined $10,000

  1. Rolle’s fine is definitely deserved. He dove, leading with his helmet, into the back of Davis’ head while Davis was sitting on the field.

    I’m not sure about Phillips.

  2. numberonesteelersfan says: Sep 16, 2011 7:14 PM

    what has happened to football? this is getting rediculous
    In the first week we had great games, and ratings are high. Not surprised to hear whining from a Steelers fan – got your panties in a bunch?

  3. I still do not understand the point of these fines. Rolle’s play was completely idiotic. It was bad enough that he got beat like a rented mule all day but that play ended any remote chance his team had to win the game. If he keeps playing like that he will be benched so why the fine?

  4. Am I the only one who is not bothered by player fines?

    Some fans act like they are footing the bill.

  5. Rolle’s fine was deserved, it was a late hit and he led with his head…. obviously don’t know what Phillips was for. I hate the fines for the QB hits and the “defenseless” hits, but this one happened after a whistle and the play was dead.

  6. “We as a team and as an organization, we know that the Washington Redskins is [sic] not as dirty as us,” Giants safety Antrel Rolle told WFAN, via Jeff Roberts of “We know that hands down. If we played them 100 times, I might get fined 95 times.”

  7. How bout them gold pants. best lookin team in football.

    oh and roger goodell is destroying this game. bring back tagliabue, for the love of god please bring him back

  8. What Rolle did was considered spearing? Seriously? Yes there was helmet to helmet contact, but after Rolle’s arm hit him. Not to mention Rolle was far from full speed.

  9. “lionhammer says: Sep 16, 2011 8:02 PM

    Rolle’s fine was deserved, it was a late hit and he led with his head…. obviously don’t know what Phillips was for. I hate the fines for the QB hits and the “defenseless” hits, but this one happened after a whistle and the play was dead”

    Not even close to right on either account. Rolle hit Davis with his arm first and the whistle had not blown which is why Davis was getting up.

  10. I don’t really like the game being toned down. At all.

    That being said, if they really want to make the players conform to the ever changing set of rules, make them wear a tutu or clown makeup or something for their next game. Looking dumb on TV would be much worse than 20 grand to a guy like Antrel Rolle.

  11. I use have to Some respect for Rolle since he was from the U and played with Sean Taylor. But seriously they moved this guy to safety b/c he was a bad corner. But he can’t play free safety cause he doesn’t have the range. He’s an overpaid tweener cb/ss. Phillips is ok and looked promising but yeah bad knees prob means he topped out. I can’t say much cause the Skins start Reed Doughty but still Rolle is prob just average. At least no one has the sense to start bums like the crapboys. Worst secondary ever.

  12. numberoneinthehoodg says:
    Sep 16, 2011 7:24 PM
    Are these “donations” to charity tax deductible for the players?
    lets just be happy they actually do send the money to charity. its seriously shocking the owners dont have like a tip jar.

  13. “Some fans act like they are footing the bill.”

    They are. These players aren’t making their millions from a money tree growing Benjamins in the wilds of central Utah.

  14. While the NFL continues to be creative with increasing their revenue stream with the fines, why not start fining fans in the stands. Surely the dude who tasered another fan in Giants Stadium deserved to be fined at least $5,000.

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