Remember when the NFL often fined Chad Ochocinco for his flashy touchdown celebrations? Remember when the NFL threatened to fine Peyton Manning if he wore low-top shoes to honor Johnny Unitas after Unitas passed away? The NFL is at its silliness once again!
The NFL reportedly fined Pittsburgh Steelers safety Troy Polamalu $10,000 for using a phone on the sideline.
Polamalu had suffered a concussion and called his wife to inform her that he was well.
The nature of this fine leads me to two schools of thought:
1. First of all, it is entirely ridiculous to fine a man for phoning his wife to let her know that he is ok after suffering an injury.
What Polamalu did was no different than what most ordinary men would do.
2. Secondly, let’s say the fine was justified because Polamalu indeed violated league rules by using a phone on the sideline during a game. Even if I accept the reason for the fine, I cannot understand why this is a heavier fine than what other players received for their actions.
According to ESPN’s Jamison Hensley, Green Bay Packers linebacker A.J. Hawk was fined $10,000 for flashing an obscene gesture. Houston Texans defensive end Antonio Smith was fined $7,500 for pulling another player’s helmet off and Detroit Lions tight end Brandon Pettigrew was fined $7,500 for a chop block. Why is a player who called his wife to inform her that he is safe fined more than two players whose actions endangered other players? This is highly illogical; the NFL might as well be an acronym for “No F*cking Logic” for all the silly decisions it makes.
If the NFL had any common sense – history shows that it does not – then it would either reduce Polamalu’s fine or increase the fines for the other offenses.
I would love to see Polamalu and the Steelers take a shot at the NFL for its ridiculousness by having every player sit on the bench and converse on the Fisher Price Chatter Telephone during their next game. The NFL would probably be ridiculous enough to fine players for using fake telephones!
I cannot help but wonder if the NFL would have fined New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady if he were the one to do what Polamalu did. Regardless of what views you may have on this fine, the fact of the matter is that the NFL is highly illogical and needs to focus on more important priorities (monitoring concussions, reducing blows to the head, implementing a drug-testing program for HGH, etc.).