Expensive Unnecessary Roughness
by mike_parent on September 18, 2013 - 12:01pm
Around the National Football League there is a lot of hits considered dangerous, for instance helmet-to-helmet hits are banned from the game. Players who will do those kind of hit will be penalize on and off the field. A couple of them happened in the second week of the NFL’s regular season, Washington safety gave a blow to his opponent’s head (Green Bay Packers’ ball carrier) and another one in the game at New Orleans, where a Tampa Bay player hit a defenseless player. Dashon Goldson, Buccaneers safety, was suspended for a whole week of activity until today, September 18, 2013. The league has decided to rescinded the suspension but the player still has to pay $100 000. The main reason why the NFL would have suspend that particular player but not the one from the Washington Redskins is that Goldson was at his fifth similar unnecessary roughness call. After further reflection, the president of the NFL decided to make things fair for the player in question.
I think that is a great move from the National Football League to rescind his suspension on a hit like that. The player had momentum and was not able to stop even if the other player did not catch the ball.* On a other hand, the hit that the Washington player, Brandon Meriweather, was more subject to suspension than the one that I talked about. That one ended the Packers running back, Eddie Lacy, season with a concussion. I do not think it is fair to fine one player that did not really hurt anyone or did something dangerous and ignore the other one that ended a player’ season from a helmet-to-helmet hit causing a concussion. What would you do has the NFL?