Dunta Robinson fined $50,000 by the league

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Falcons cornerback Dunta Robinson was fined $50,000 for his hit on DeSean Jackson by the NFL on Tuesday.

Ray Anderson, the league’s executive vice president of football operations, is looking into ejecting and suspending players who make helmet-to-helmet hits in the future.

“Future offenses will result in an escalation of fines up to and including suspension,” Anderson wrote in a letter sent to Robinson.

Robinson, who suffered a concussion on the big hit he put on Philadelphia’s DeSean Jackson on Sunday,  will not likely be cleared in time to play against Cincinnati.

“I think that we all know Dunta, he’s been in this league a long time,” Falcons coach Mike Smith said on Monday. “He’s a guy that plays the game very, very hard. That was a bang-bang play in terms of the contact. From my vantage point, it looked like there was no helmet-to-helmet contact. But it was a bang-bang play. I’m glad that both of those guys are going to be all right. It was a big time hit.”

The Falcons were off on Tuesday, but on Monday several players supported Robinson hit and thought it was within the league rules.

“This is a violent game,” defensive tackle Jonathan Babineaux  said. “Any tackle is never going to be perfect. We are always emphasizing to wrap up and take guys to the ground. When you are in the game and everything happens in a split second, you are just trying to get the guy down as quick as you can. It’s a reaction game. You’re not trying to hurt anybody out there. You want to see everybody do good and be healthy. We know injuries are going to happen.”

The Falcons don’t think they’ll be label as a dirty team.

dunta robinson, eagles“We are a clean team,” Babineaux said. “We play right. We do all of the things that are good for us to win out there.”

Robinson, a native of Athens, was signed to a $57 million ($25.5 million guaranteed) over the offseason. He played his first six seasons in the NFL with the Houston Texans.

The Falcons signed him to help improve their secondary, which finished 28th against the pass last season.

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161 comments Add your comment

GTMustang

October 19th, 2010
5:28 pm

stupid.

This is the beginning of the end for the NFL

Dustin Powell

October 19th, 2010
5:34 pm

this is stupid 2 fine a guy for play the game of football it was not an head to head hit come on now

GTMustang

October 19th, 2010
5:34 pm

Now there are fines for hitting too hard in a contact sport.

They should fine Kolb for throwing an off balance lob pass to his man on a crossing route. That in and of itself is a death penalty.

grimesrh

October 19th, 2010
5:35 pm

I understand the concern for a players health, but this is going too far.
“Ray Anderson, the league’s vice president of football operations, is looking into ejecting and suspending players who make helmet-to-helmet hits in the future.”
First of all, this was not helmet to helmet. Second of all, if a player is trying to hurt someone else, do you think he would also suffer a concussion? This game will be so tame that it will not be fun to watch anymore. Go Danta for trying to stick your head on the ball and jar it loose….it is what I teach my 8 year old!

Not Don Waddell

October 19th, 2010
5:36 pm

It was not an illegal effing hit.

What the heck are these guys watching? That hit was as clean as a hit can be. It’s too bad that Jackson only weighs 170 lbs, making it look worse than it was, but the hit was totally clean, totally legal, should not have been called a penalty and should not be fined.

This is hot garbage by the NFL and the refs in that game. The Falcons had finally gotten some momentum in the game, then made a great defensive play only to have it stolen by the refs. Garbage, total garbage.

Falcon Backer

October 19th, 2010
5:37 pm

Falcon4Life

October 19th, 2010
5:38 pm

This is pure horse crap!!!!! If I was Dunta, I will send them $50,000 worth of pennies in a bag, and say keep the change you idiots!! lol

Reggie

October 19th, 2010
5:39 pm

50,000 dollars is a bit excessive, the call was hitting a defense-less player but clearly Desean Jackson had the ball in his grasp and Dunta jarred it loose with the hit. Its a shame that both guys got hurt but its a bigger shame that people like Mike Peirera or whatever his name is tried to call it a dirty cheap shot. Try running full speed at another guy running full speed and try positioning your body in less that a second and see what happens.

Falcon Backer

October 19th, 2010
5:39 pm

Put skirts on the guys and make them wear flags. I’ll be sure to watch that……The NFL is tough, every player knows the risk on every play. This will lead to nambi pambi ball. I can see the WRs falling down like soccer players looking for the card.

D. Orlando Ledbetter

October 19th, 2010
5:40 pm

James Harrison and Brandon Merriweather got fined, too.

Iceman

October 19th, 2010
5:40 pm

They fined him for doing his job.

What a load o’crap.

jOEdIRT

October 19th, 2010
5:42 pm

here is an idea, why don’t NFL make D-JAX wear front and side impact air bags if he can’t take a hit. My advice to him, go put on some muscles or suffer the consequences, Skinny-JAX.

MOG

October 19th, 2010
5:43 pm

Yes, they (NFL) are taking away the thrill element (Celebrations and Big Hits, and Passion) that has made football…FOOTBALL!! Way to go to all the Duntas, Ray Lewis’s, and James Harrisons of the world….need more like you!!!

Play clean but HARD!!!!!

perk

October 19th, 2010
5:44 pm

they should start the fines after they have made these announcements and statements this week.

james g

October 19th, 2010
5:44 pm

this just in….. The NFL has announced field goals and extra points will no longer be allowed, because kicking is excessive force on the football..

D. Orlando Ledbetter

October 19th, 2010
5:44 pm

Does a form tackle — HIT, WRAP and LIFT — solve this problem?

Boomermaw

October 19th, 2010
5:46 pm

I guess today’s NFL would fine Hershell for running over Bill Bates…either take the hit or put flags on the receivers. A defenseless receiver hasn’t taken two steps up the field…

Joe Miller

October 19th, 2010
5:46 pm

You people are idiots and probably have an IQ lower than the players themselves.

That was a dumb and dangerous tackle, fueled by frustration from getting burned all day.

jdawg

October 19th, 2010
5:46 pm

This is absolutely PC and ludicrous. I’m sure Dunta said to himself while he was running to this play that I’m going to intentionally put this guy out of the game, and oh by the way injure myself too. I agree with penalties and any other corporal reaction to dirty play, but it seems that if the line not to be crossed is whether or an opposing player is injured, or not, is a very difficult one for a defensive player to navigate. Let’s face it, there is a huge amount of public awareness right now regarding head and neck injuries in football, and the league being as publicly visible and wealthy as it is right now, considers itself a target for lawsuits, and bad PR. It amazes me how the entire over-litigation of our society can so totally permeate itself into every fabric of it. This reaction and resulting fine are totally created as a future CYA move.

Reid Adair

October 19th, 2010
5:47 pm

When they start talking about “devastating hits,” they’re causing problems. That is entirely too subjective. Dunta Robinson did not hit DeSean Jackson helmet to helmet (despite what Sports Illustrated’s Peter King claims).

For fines like this, and especially if they start issuing suspensions, they need a clearer definition of what’s illegal. Just saying that “devastating hits” are illegal isn’t going to cut it.

Boomermaw

October 19th, 2010
5:47 pm

and by the way..jackson was headed towards Robinson…why not fine him???

james g

October 19th, 2010
5:47 pm

HIT, WRAP and LIFT would only be allowed if you LAY the player down softly..

MOG

October 19th, 2010
5:48 pm

You learn passion for the game of football at the peewee football level, as a kid. You take that away and this will loose its overall appeal. There those of us that love ferocious defenses!!

Go Falcons!!!

October 19th, 2010
5:48 pm

I’m more worried about Robinson not playing this weekend. Cincy is a pass crazy team and we really need him for this game. It will be a long 2 weeks if we enter the bi-week 4-3.

gadawgs

October 19th, 2010
5:53 pm

That is horsecrap. That was a clean, legal football hit. It was not helmet to helmet. It was helmet to shoulderpad and then it slid up to the helmet. Also, Jackson was not defenseless. He had caught the ball and taken a step and a half before Dunta hit him. What was Dunta supposed to do just let him run by him and score. This is the start of the downfall of the NFL!!!

D. Orlando Ledbetter

October 19th, 2010
5:55 pm

Joe Miller — Make your point, but no name calling please.

Casey

October 19th, 2010
5:55 pm

Should’ve just let Mike Smith play Andy Reid in Madden and called it a day…

gadawgs

October 19th, 2010
5:55 pm

DOL..yes Harrison and Maywether got fined but their hits were ILLEGAL. Look at the tape. Harrison head butted MoMass for goodness sakes. Entirely different situation. Heck Harrison even comes out publicly and says he wants to hurt people.

Unknown Hinson

October 19th, 2010
5:55 pm

Dude was trying to make a play, he didn’t go helmet to helmet and his helmet went up towards Deshaun’s head after hitting him in the shoulder pads first. Glad they didn’t suspend him but the future does not look good. How do you define these hits being malicious if they are not intentional but end up that way because of having to make a split second decision. I don’t like where this is headed.

NFL

October 19th, 2010
5:57 pm

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bigD

October 19th, 2010
5:57 pm

Falcon Backer got it right they’ll be playing flag football before long. They are really dumbing down pro football. Maybe they should have 2 leagues instead. One for sissies who don’t want to get hurt and one for real men.

NFL

October 19th, 2010
5:58 pm

Hey Dunta I know you were trying to knock yourself out and all so here is your 50k fine into my greedy pockets. Thanks and keep it up, we just raised the fines.

bgfalcon

October 19th, 2010
5:58 pm

hahaha you guys should see what some of the philly fans think on the issue. all of them feel like it was helmet to helmet contact and some feel like we should switch to rugby!!!!

check it outhttp://www.philly.com/philly/blogs/dneagles/League_Says_Hit_On_DJax_Definitely_Was_Illegal.html?reg=y&jCount=3#comments

gadawgs

October 19th, 2010
5:59 pm

Last time I checked these players have CHOSEN this profession. Knowing the dangers. If they do not want to be hit DON’T play. Just walk away from all of the millions. It’s their choice.

SeenThisB4

October 19th, 2010
6:00 pm

I sure hope this doesn’t affect the way Gregg Williams deploys his Remember-me-shots against opposing QBs. Nawh, they won’t take that away! LOL!

GEAUX SAINTS! OUR TIME!!

Word Police

October 19th, 2010
6:00 pm

Dunta?, Dont’a?, Nu’Kees?, Da’ Rick? Where in space do these names come from? My spell check has them all underlined.

Joey M

October 19th, 2010
6:02 pm

Fining a player for a clean hit is absurd. Nothing about that tackle had malicious intent written on it. I don’t think Ray Buchannan was fined $50,000 when he suplexed Joe Horn in the end zone when we were playing New Orleans. The NFL is becoming tough to watch now. Every game I see opposing teams hold our players with no flags flying. I watch John Abraham get tackled by the OL and nary a flag was flown. One thing I would like to see happen is these fruit cake dances in the end zone get fines and suspensions like big hits. They are dancing like little girls when they are merely doing their jobs. It makes no sense to me. I hate it. You want to dance, retire and go on Dancing with the Stars. If you want to play Football, than play. But stop penalizing playing hard and start penalizing the fruit cake dancing we see so much.

Ueeediot

October 19th, 2010
6:02 pm

Im still open to any explanation for how Robinson was penalized for hitting a defenseless WR, when said WR HAS THE BALL?!?!?

To fix this, the NFL will now require QBs, WRs, TEs, and RBs, to wear pink tutus. Additionally, all crossing pass routes have been outlawed because they are the root of this problem. In the future the only legal pass plays will be single coverage, straight toward the goal line routes. To lessen the effect on RBs, teams will have the option of running one of 4 pass plays, or taking an automatic 2 yard rushing gain.

These crybabies are going to ruin this game. No celebrating (did you see Miles Austin?), No Fun League, dont hit my QB league, and now you cant even play defense.

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mykhalc

October 19th, 2010
6:04 pm

BS on Dunta’s fine!!! hope he appeals…not like it’d do any good tho…

Ueeediot

October 19th, 2010
6:04 pm

By the way, how much did Deshawn Jackson get fined for causing Duanta’s concussion?

J Who?

October 19th, 2010
6:07 pm

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ELVISKL

October 19th, 2010
6:09 pm

i for one am prould of daunta for putting this showboat on his aaaaaasssssssssssss. each time this thug scored in the first quarter he did the hochie couchie in the endzone……payback was warranted

ELVISKL

October 19th, 2010
6:10 pm

i want to personally pay daunta’s fine…..if you think im kidding ill be at falcon headquarters with a cashiers check at 10 am in the morning

Ueeediot

October 19th, 2010
6:14 pm

Not Don Waddell…. my opinion is that a good bit of this is the thin black and white line. Mike Perria and King from SI both have an agenda to push and will ignore any facts which are contrary to their argument for slowing down the game (presumably so the 2 old geezers can keep up).
The refs are simply not to be wrong. If they called a penalty a fine must follow or they may be seen as not paying attention in the league office or as not supporting the refs on the field.
When was the last time you saw any league address the pathetic calls by officials over the past 10 years?
I can think of 3 occassions and only because they were simply to large to just ignore away
By and large the league will do anything, including fining you into poverty, to keep people from exposing the garbage officiating.
Instead they play the misdirection card by moving the ref to the other side of the ball and saying….see, we are trying to improve things.
What really was an improvement was the additional ref on the field.

Rob

October 19th, 2010
6:19 pm

I’ve never enjoyed seeing nor delivering a helmet-to-helmet tackle when I played. Players have to be in control of their emotions. We already have enough “softies” that want to see the end of football. The only thing I’m concerned about as it relates the rule being enforced is that even “inadvertent” helmet-to-helmet hits might be over magnified. So, I hope that the officials and the league office treat each hit that falls into this category uniquely.

Andy in Blairsville

October 19th, 2010
6:19 pm

The NFL is turning into NASCAR.

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Not Don Waddell

October 19th, 2010
6:20 pm

And someone please shut Moose Johnston up..we know you had a lot of concussions, Moose, but could some of your health issues have more to do with spending weekends at the White House with Mike Irvin and a tub full of unsavory ladies….c’mon man, just shut up…

crackbaby

October 19th, 2010
6:23 pm

Saw the Dunta-DeSean collision. It was a very hard hit that was legal. Even Trent Dilfer stressed that Dunta came in low. His shoulder hit Desean’s chest and his helmet initially hit DeSean’s shoulder pad.

Terrible call by Ray Anderson and the NFL. Steve Young made a great point last night, with so many young QBs in the league, you have Quarterbacks misreading defenses and putting their receivers in peril. Yet the defense is punished.

Just a terrible call by the league. Go ahead and make it flag football and get rid of pads and helmets.