Chris Kirksey appealing his $8,268 fine for shot on Jake Locker

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The Tiny Titan has drawn a relatively small fine, but he’s still appealing it.

According to Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, Browns linebacker Chris Kirksey was fined $8,268 for his forearm to the head of Jake Locker, but his agent said he’s appealing it.

Kirksey was flagged for a personal foul for the play, which happened after Locker slid into the end zone. A flying Kirksey caught him with a vicious hit that caused Locker to leave the game briefly (before leaving it permanently later in the game when he smashed his hand against another Browns players helmet).

Browns coach Mike Pettine defended his rookie linebacker saying he wasn’t a dirty player, even though Locker called it a “cheap shot.”

Pettine also pointed out that Kirksey was coming off a block. That, and his first offender status might have led to the entry level fine rather than a larger one.

17 responses to “Chris Kirksey appealing his $8,268 fine for shot on Jake Locker

  1. I watched that game… kirksey should be suspended.

    It’s one thing making a strong hit and a completely different thing throwing a forearm after the opponent is two yards in the endzone.

  2. As dirty as that play looked on TV, in person that was just a quick reaction from a player that thought he was a little closer to the goal line. No excuss, but no reason for a suspension. Kirksey was in coverage and turned around and reacted to QB going for the goal line. He was only 1 yard in the endzone when it happened.

  3. tdubravetz says:
    Oct 8, 2014 1:20 PM
    As dirty as that play looked on TV, in person that was just a quick reaction from a player that thought he was a little closer to the goal line. No excuss, but no reason for a suspension. Kirksey was in coverage and turned around and reacted to QB going for the goal line. He was only 1 yard in the endzone when it happened.

    Yes, he “reacted to the QB going for the goal line” by stuffing his forearm in the QBs face. It’s irrelevant how far into the end zone he was or wasn’t.

    Throwing a forearm shiver into anyone’s face is illegal and fineable anywhere on the field. I’m not saying he’s a dirty player, although the fact that he doesn’t seem to think he did anything wrong makes me wonder a little about his smarts.

    He should pay the fine and move on.

  4. Dove at a QB’s head after he was already in the endzone. Lucky he didn’t get more of a fine, or murdered by the Titans team.

  5. He doesn’t have a leg to stand on. Who knows whether he thought that Locker hadn’t yet broken the plane, but it certainly looked dirty.

  6. Another Browns fan making excuses.

    DEFINITELY two yards… and… didn’t “just react”… he threw a flying elbow.. and… not a stationary elbow… but… THREW an elbow.

    It’s one thing to support your team… but… when you start defending poor sportsmanship… you are part of the problem.

  7. Is anyone calling for a suspension? The fine seems appropriate if not a touch low, but I don’t know the guy’s history. But head shots & concussions are a problem.

    When you’re well into the end zone you shouldn’t have to take an unnecessary shot to the head, especially if you ran in (understandable if it’s a catch in the end zone as you don’t necessarily have possession yet). When a runner enters the end zone the play is over. So I can see why the person being hit would think it was cheap/dirty when he gets hit in the head well after he enters the end zone.

  8. Once the QB runs past the LOS, he’s no longer a QB, he becomes a RB. If all you cry babies want to cry, tell your QB to stay behind the LOS where he has the protection of the QB rules.

  9. They let way too many hits in the endzone go so when someone finally gets caught, penalized, and fined for it, it takes that team’s fans by surprise.

    If they called hits in the endzone consistently the issue wouldn’t be debatable.

  10. there is a term for ‘almost winning’……its called ‘losing’.

    perhaps the outcome would have been different if the titans defense wasnt hellbent on retaliation and simply played defense in the second half.

  11. A player could go Last Boy Scout, pull a pistol and kill three players and the fans of the team that guy’s on would try to say he didn’t do anything wrong and how they’re all dress wearing babies. Worse than that, we all know if some Brown gave that exact same elbow shot to Hoyer, those exact same fans would take a U-Turn, exit at Hypocrisy Avenue and call for the guy to be suspended for a year. Today’s NFL fans are part of the problem.

  12. Only Kirksey knows if it was intentional or not. However, it was late and looks terrible on video. Count your blessings that Locker wasn’t seriously hurt. Pay the fine and learn from it.

    I believe the Browns organization should’ve been fined for that hit and the one by Skrine later on. The coaches should be held accountable for this kind of play. (Ref: Saints’ Bountygate)

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