NFL indeed does not fine Raiola

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Sunday’s game against the Patriots included a pair of incidents involving Lions center Dominic Raiola.  He leveled Patriots defensive tackle Zach Moore with a blow to the head during a play, and then Raiola took out Moore’s knees on the final snap of the game, because Raiola was unhappy about New England’s decision to score a garbage-time touchdown.

Raiola said on Tuesday that he wasn’t fined.  Per a league source, he won’t be.

It’s unclear why the league has opted to look the other way in both instances, especially in light of the safety-conscious nature of today’s NFL.  And in light of the league’s fine-happy nature on issues that have little to do with safety.  Or, as some would argue, common sense.

Raiola punched Moore in the head and then dove at Moore’s knees on a play when the Lions were taking a knee.  If failing to talk to the media or wearing the wrong kind of headphones or selecting shoes that don’t reflect the proper color scheme justify the withholding of a portion of a player’s paycheck, how do neither of Raiola’s infractions trigger punishment?

95 responses to “NFL indeed does not fine Raiola

  1. I’m hating this league more and more each day. The inequity and mixed signals that the powers that be put forth on a daily basis are confusing at best.

  2. Could it be that the NFL is going let the NFL (the players) take care of this issue on the field?

    Riola knows that he may have made himself a target and seems to be willing to take that chance.

    …a good “no call” by the NFL.

  3. When he was informed of this, Roger Goodell said “Damn, I wish he played for the Saints so I could nail them again. Since he doesn’t and no one was hurt, it spuds like good old fashioned football to me. At least the other guy didn’t get a concussion.”

    Worst commissioner in all of sports.

  4. How does Goodell not realize that his inconsistencies and unfairness in the handling of player discipline is what upsets fans the most?? One guy gets a year suspension for a misdemeanor and the next guy gets nothing for assault on the football field. Peterson gets suspended forever while Josh Brent gets 10 games for murder.

  5. The target was a DEFENSIVE LINEMAN. Big deal. Nothing to see here, move along. [Official NFL doctrine]

  6. NFL does things so bass-ackwards. Anyone surprised by this? $5000 for throwing a ball in the stands after a TD. $12,000 if you use the ball as a prop in a TD celebration. Punch a guy and try and end his career with a cheap shot to the knees. FREE!!!

  7. Lucky for Raiola that he was wearing the right color shoes and his jersey was tucked in when he sucker punched that player (twice) and tried take out his knees, or he would have been fined.

    Player safety: what a joke for both the NFL and the NFLPA. Neither care for player safety. Both only care about $$$.

  8. One rule that the NFL has consistently enforced throughout the years is that if you throw a punch, you are immediately ejected.

  9. I guess the NFL feels his punishment has already been served by being a Detroit Lion his entire career.

  10. It’s a football play without a rule to cover it, except unsportsmanlike.

    no one was hurt, so how could they fine him? The NFLPA should fine him to protect their brethren.

  11. I in no way support Raiola’s actions.

    However, please don’t act like what he did was illegal or against the rules. Both the club and cut block are legal moves per the rule book. Was his play dirty? Of course. But not illegal per the rules.

  12. Joke – on his first cheap shot, Patriots kicked FG and then took points off board to accept penalty & first/goal. They then likely ran dive for TD to stick it him/them. The he cuts Z Moore’s knees because the Pats did that, he admits to it (as if not obvious on both occasions), and league does nothing. Joke.

  13. What comes around goes around hopefully somebody will do to him what he does to others. Probably be a different story if it was a Bronco or a Cowboy that got chopped

  14. Is the NFL trying to troll the players union? They will fine a ton of money for not speaking to the media but trying to injure another player results in no fine.

  15. What is odd about this, is that he was not even on the field when the Patriots scored that touchdown. He is a player on the offense, not the defense. He sat on the sideline, got angry, and decided he would go in there and take out a random player as some sort of vigilante justice, for a perceived slight, when in fact the Patriots ran the ball almost exclusively on that last drive and only scored because the Lions roughed up the Pats place holder. It was probably hard for Belichick to not run the play and score after seeing his place holder roughed up like that for no reason. If it was garbage time, why play so hard you rough the place holder? Or was that intentional too? My point is, Raiola pre-meditated his attack on a random player, and may have serious psychological issues that could manifest in another game down the road, particularly since he was not disciplined for this, and apparently has a green light from the NFL to continue lashing out like this.

    I suppose it is better than if he were a bully…..

  16. Marshawn Lynch fined for not talking and Raiola not fined for attempting to injure. Roger Goodell and the NFL just kind of make up rules as they go along. Time for a change.

  17. Dominic Areola if you’re so butthurt about the Spygatriots running up the score, strap up on defense and stop them instead of maliciously trying to ruin someone’s career you glape ass kwoneboy.

  18. The final play, while bush league, is not prohibited by any rule (for better or worsediving at knees is legal if the target is not already being blocked) so I guess they had nothing to fine him for. This is the sort of thing that gets handled on the field in later games.

  19. Well, if they want to be like professional wrestling they could hire Vince McMahon to replace Goodell. Then they could sneak folding chairs onto the field to beat each other with while the Officials are looking for a hot dog vendor. Personally, I’d rather they cleaned house at NFL headquarters after allowing this kind of crap.

  20. OK, usually when you post a story about the Patriots, we immediately get at least a dozen haters to say how the league always favors them and how they are a bunch of cheaters.

    Tonight… crickets.

  21. Inexplicable.
    Did we all need another reason not to trust the stewardship of Roger Goodell?
    Did we all need another reason to detest the lack of integrity of The Detroit Lions organization?

  22. He’s a trash player on a team with quite a few. Luckily for the Lions they have a extremely classy head coach, one who needs to flush this turd.

  23. So, the play called by the Lions coaches was that everyone would line up to take a knee (not play football) and at the snap, everyone EXCEPT the center would execute that play. Raiola, however, should strike out in a traditional run play block move because that was a super secret play the practiced all week. Or, perhaps he decided to go against the play called by the coaches.

    And the coaches had no problem with this and announced immediately after the controversy started that the would do nothing about it.

    I wonder why the team has discipline problems and has trouble winning games that matter.

  24. The garbarge time touchdown was brought on by Detroit…for Raiola first dirty play. After that the Pats rammed it down his throat. You get what is coming to you Raiola. The league is reativley dysfunctional, the league has players who are borderline NFL caliber and Raiola is one of them, and if a Pat player did to Raiola what Raiola (synonym for dumb as a box of rocks) did to NE…we would never hear the end of it…blah…blah…blah!

  25. “It’s unclear why the league has opted to look the other way in both instances”

    umm….because ex-NY Jet Goodell thinks anything goes when you cheap shot Patriots players

  26. The Patriots are the most penalized team in the league. This doesn’t quite fit ” The Patriots get all the calls” narrative seen over and over and over again.

  27. Didn’t see the game. Any way to attach a link of the video so we can put some type of context to the story?

  28. Boy, that’s really gotta chap your tail that you couldn’t make this a story. Don’t worry, I’m sure you will find something else to try to make a story about.

  29. The fact that the league fines players for wearing their underwear
    incorrectly under the guise of image and ignores behavior that is
    obviously intended to injure a player is the height of hypocrisy.
    I understand a player’s frustration it is not easy but there is a line
    and the line was overstepped. Perhaps issues like this are not
    controversial enough to draw Commisioner Goodell’s public comment.
    I am amazed because that line seems to be rather low. Unlike his
    predecessor Mr. Goodell chases the camera at all opportunities.


  30. Worthy of a fine? This is a real easy yes. Reffing in general has been abysmal this season, wildly inconsistent (even within each game, the most recent example Dallas v. NYG Sunday night) and suspiciously looking like the clear pre-game favorite getting the worst of it. Goodell’s order –
    Let’s keep those games close. BTW – anybody out there know how Kaepernick’s appeal for his fine for using the “N” word on the field was ultimately decided? This happened about game 3. The PC language rule was invoked this off-season despite the existence of the personal foul penalty in place.

  31. The league has no credibility in talking about player safety when they fail to fine a player who ADMITTED that he targeted an opponent’s knees. Raiolo should be fined for being STUPID in making that admission in the first place.

  32. Unfortunately, when they spun the dial on the Wheel of Punishment – it landed on “no penalty, no fine.”

    So there you have it …

    Just another reason to ban alcohol at NFL headquarters …

  33. So Marshawn Lynch gets fined $100K for not talking to the media….and this fool doesn’t get docked a single penny for taking out someone’s knees and risking their safety. Cool Rodger. Your morals are so respectable.

  34. The last sentence sums it up, if it’s okay to siphon off a portion of a player’s check because of the wrong headphones, socks not pulled up, or failing to talk to the media, how is this safety violation ignored?

    Weakest union in sports goes to….the NFLPA. Never should have let Roger have all that power, for everything including the fines. There are more fines in a single week of NFL football than there used to be in an entire year in the NFL back in the 90’s.

  35. If the NFL has any consistency, which is unlikely, the big fine should go to Mosley. On a Patriots field goal attempt, he deliberately charged into long snapper Danny Aiken with a helmet to helmet hit. The league has focused on protecting long snappers and this was obvious intent to injure. Raiola should only be fined for being stupid enough to open his mouth like he did, not for his hit. Mosley should get 20k+ for his hit, purposely trying to injure by defying the league’s point of emphasis on that type of play.

  36. Hard to believe! Don’t talk to the press – $100,000. Try to hurt someone on a kneel-down play – nothing????

  37. The NFL is just trying to set a good example for the kids. If you get frustrated because you are losing deal out some dirty hits and end a career.

  38. This isn’t a cut block, this is a guy intentionally trying to take out someones knee during a non competataive play.

  39. There are so many rules in this league that they don’t have control of the game anymore. Let’s go back to the original rule book and seperate the men from the lawsuit chasers and soft players

  40. VenerableAxiom says:
    Nov 25, 2014 10:07 PM
    You realize the pats lead the league in cut/chop block penalties, don’t you.


    There is no “cut” penalty.

    As for Chop Block penalties, you’re right.

    The Patriots are tied with four other teams for the most chop blocks.

    All five teams have a single chop block penalties.

    One chop block in eleven games.

    Quick, alert the media!

  41. Once again the NFLs logic defies logic. Raiola commits a punishable play, admits bad intent, shows no regret and yet, amazingly receives no fine. This sets a precedent ala the Ray Rice ruling, or should I say the lack there of.

  42. So let’s see: He didn’t get flagged. He didn’t get fined. It’s almost like he did absolutely nothing wrong and the people who are whining about it have no idea what they’re talking about.

  43. Bizarre how inconsistent the league is when assessing fines. Julian Edelman gets 5K for throwing a football into the stands instead of tossing it, Gronk gets fined 8K for excessive blocking, and Raiola publicly admits his intent to injure another player but he gets fined zero dollars.

    Makes no sense at all.

  44. The complaining about the league is so tiresome to read/hear, when 99% of the complainers are still going to patronize the NFL — whether it’s watching games, going to them, buying merchandise, or even driving web traffic on popular sites like this one.

    Do I think the NFL is hypocritical? Reactive as opposed to proactive? Just poorly run, in general? Yes. But I keep my mouth shut because I know I’m still watching.


  45. “You realize the pats lead the league in cut/chop block penalties, don’t you.”
    Where is that data from? I’m reading that they have only one flag for chop block this season.
    Nevermind. It turns out “one” is the most chop blocks any team has been flagged for this season. Tied with 4 other teams.

    Well played, I guess.

  46. OK, I’m not a fan of Raiola, but where did he say his cut block was an intent to injure? Some may say that injury was the only possible intent in that scenario. Well, why then are not all cut blocks illegal?

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