Dunta Robinson to appeal his $50,000 fine

SPORTS FBN-FALCONS-EAGLES 17 PHFLOWERY BRANCH — Falcons cornerback Dunta Robinson plans to appeal his $50,000 fine for a hit that he made on Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver DeSean Jackson.

“I am disappointed by the NFL’s ruling,” Robinson said in a statement released by his agent. “I recognize the goal is to protect all players — from the Pee Wee level on up — however, this was a bang-bang hit situation where I did not lead with my helmet, and therefore I will appeal. Although it was a violent hit, my hit did not violate the NFL’s rules, and I was playing the game the way I always have. I am not a dirty player and have never been characterized as one.”

Robinson didn’t practice with the Falcons on Wednesday. He watched from the field and went inside with about 10 minutes left.

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G

October 20th, 2010
3:56 pm

D. Orlando Ledbetter

October 20th, 2010
4:05 pm

FrontRow

October 20th, 2010
4:12 pm

D’led actually Jackson went up for the ball and came down onto #23 as he was turning and lowering to make a clean hit.

At some point the offensive player should be responsible for his own safety. By fining the defensive player while remaining totally silent about the offensive player, is the NFL saying little smurfs like Jackson can run free in the secondary without fear of being touched?

Jackson has NO BUSINESS running sprints across the teeth of the Falcons D.

real12real

October 20th, 2010
4:13 pm

Dunta is a beast!!!

Big E

October 20th, 2010
4:14 pm

Good for him! I don’t think it was an illegal hit at all. He was just doing his job.

Mave2124

October 20th, 2010
4:15 pm

He won’t know if he passes the concussion test until Friday, right?….but he probably won’t play. Are the young CBs ready for 85 and 81????

real12real

October 20th, 2010
4:17 pm

Is there any way that the NFL could start penalizing quarterbacks for throwing these “desperate” passes? I mean just like Dunta, Kolb was only doing his job and trying to make a play for his team.

Football Bat

October 20th, 2010
4:27 pm

Shoulder to chest. Fair hit. What’s he supposed to do, check his speedometer?

Willie Coyote

October 20th, 2010
4:39 pm

Maybe DeSean should stop dancing after every play he makes and people won’t want to torch him like that.

RobbE33

October 20th, 2010
4:40 pm

Legal hit but Jackson was defenseless. The flag and a small fine would be sufficient but not 50 thou! I’ll be curious to see how the on-field refs respond. Will there be a rash of ejections?
Also, has anyone else read the Fillie fans whining about DeCoud’s shot after the tipped pass? They’re belly-aching about both and the “dirty” players that committed them. Sounds like they want a lingerie league same as Goodell.

RobbE33

October 20th, 2010
4:42 pm

Good one, DL, but I don’t think it’ll stop the non-sense.

RobbE33

October 20th, 2010
4:43 pm

…about the “firsts,” I mean.

Mountain Man

October 20th, 2010
4:43 pm

If it’s a legal hit, how on earth can they flag the play? This was a clean hit by 1 pro, closing on another pro at full speed.

This is football, not footsie! If you don’t like it, don’t play.

dean

October 20th, 2010
4:43 pm

I wonder what Vince Lombardi would say to Roger Goodell all this?

RockyMtnFalcon

October 20th, 2010
4:44 pm

Falcons Fans, lets get our point across to the NFL bigg-wiggs. Lets start the game with a chant. Lets chant “Free Danta!,”Free Danta!!” Lets start the chant and make it as loud as a 747 departing the Atlanta Airport. Make it loud, make it last. Everytime the Bengals offense gets in a 3rd down situation, instead of cheering and making noise, lets chant “Free Danta, Free Danta!!!” Lets make it loud, and unbearable. Lets end up on ESPN after the game.! Who’s with me???

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dean

October 20th, 2010
4:45 pm

Insert “about” between “Goodell” and “this”.

PS.. I wonder when Furman Bisher will chime in!?

RockyMtnFalcon

October 20th, 2010
4:46 pm

Did you hear? the NFL is changing to the NPL. National Pansy League. Next thing you know, the offense will have to wear little pink flags so they don’t break a nail.

River

October 20th, 2010
4:52 pm

Maybe quarterbacks and receivers should be playing in pink dresses and flag belts. In order to “tackle” them you have to pull the flag. The hit was a violent and vicious collision but I believe well within the rules. Good luck with the appeal.

shannon

October 20th, 2010
4:59 pm

I plan Kevin Kolb…He put his receiver in a dangerous situation…

Ackshun

October 20th, 2010
5:02 pm

If you look at the tape, it’s a clean hit AND a fumble (that’s right I said it)! Jackson caught the ball, secured it and made a football move Dunta knock’d the snot out of him and dislodged the ball. Which is exactly what a cornerback is supposed to do!

MisterEarl

October 20th, 2010
5:03 pm

Watch the ESPN rant by former NFL player Mark Schlereth, who had multiple surgeries and called the NFL on the merchandising of its Big Hits video.

“We glorify these hits, we make money off these hits. That’s what we do. … I mean, I’m watching the games on my couch. You know what we’ll do? [tough guy voice] Hey listen in. This is what the NFL sounds like. … Just listen to the violence of this collision. [/tough guy voice] And we hear it. And the NFL sells it. And to take $75,000 away from a player, that’s just playing, is ludicrous to me. Hey, while we’re at it, slap on another 18 games.”

National Hypocrites League indeed

uga_b

October 20th, 2010
5:11 pm

Let’s do a quick recap:

-Change the pass interference rule.
-No hits below the QB’s knee (while a 320lbs man pushes on you).
-Arm tackle a WR who runs a 4.2 coming right at you.
-Don’t tackle someone who looks like they are running out of bounds.

On the other side:
-Chop blocks (kinda)

-Still no offensive facemask penalties called on stiff arms.
-Rarely call pushoffs.
-Assisting the runner?

I understand offense moves the meter but you eventually have to protect defensive players too. Maybe they could start dribbling the ball every few steps; works in Australia.

crackbaby

October 20th, 2010
5:13 pm

If you fine Dunta, Kevin Kolb, who threw the pass, should have to pay have of it. I’m totally serious. The QB put both players in that dangerous situation.

The league, and Ray Anderson, are completely wrong on the Robinson hit.

Bird Droppings II

October 20th, 2010
5:13 pm

Desean was dropped like a hot hotdog. He is such a show-off.

crackbaby

October 20th, 2010
5:13 pm

“half” not have. sorry

Matt Oliver

October 20th, 2010
5:18 pm

what should he have done? tickled him with a feather…? this is football, not tennis or ping pong or UGA football. Men are expected to not be afraid to tackle other men. He didn’t lead with his helmet.
Non-sense….The only time you should go full steam ahead with your helmet lowered for a kill shot is if you get a chance at Steak Shapiro. He needs to be eradicated. UGA peeps, eradicated is a big word for you, but what it means, is kinda like, all messed up.

bigguy

October 20th, 2010
5:19 pm

What about the qb who time and time again leads his receiver into that exact situation? They know the defense (or should) and can see where the defenders are. They should bear the responsibility for it!

reality

October 20th, 2010
5:19 pm

ackshun, right on!!!! receiver was not defenseless, had actually caught the ball and was dislocated from it by a clean,albeit vicious, defensive hit. this guy had torced the secondary already. time to remind him of why you need to be careful showing off when you are gonna be skipping across the middle of a zone defense along the first down marker line. lower the BOOM!!!!I hope your appeal is heard Dunta. i hope it goes your way.

bigguy

October 20th, 2010
5:21 pm

How bout if they just took all the pads off? That would slow the pace at which the game is played.

Panther Fan

October 20th, 2010
5:22 pm

Post disappering. Oh well I guess the AJC police must have found something wrong with my post.

Reality

October 20th, 2010
5:24 pm

Mike Vick on his most recent injury:

“…uhmmm, you know….I mean…you know what I’m sayin’…you know….aww…it ain’t nothin’ but, when
I…uhmmmmm, you know what I’m sayin’…you know…I’m uma….well…the thing is…well, you know.”

DJ Frisco

October 20th, 2010
5:25 pm

1) This hit was totally legal. He led w/ his shoulder, not helmet as the picture clearly exhibits. I’ve made these types of hits when I’ve played football just last year. Sometimes the guy fell down and sometimes they didn’t because they outweighed me.

2) If Desean Jackson weighed more than 175 lbs then this hit wouldn’t have caused sooo much damage because his body could’ve absorbed the impact a lot more than what it did. Why do you think James Harrison is able to stand tall after hitting receivers? He outweighs them easily by 50+ lbs. Jerry Rice, Michael Irvin, Lynn Swann, all made their living coming across that middle and preparing for that hit. We practiced getting hit like that in high school using the dummys.

3) He should not have to pay that fine. If you force defenses to 2nd guess all their actions you WILL cause more injuries for people trying to stop their motion when it’s already too late.

NFL —> No Fun League

Bev

October 20th, 2010
5:27 pm

I got your back Robinson! You’re right! You’re not a dirty player! :)

Pompano

October 20th, 2010
5:29 pm

@FrontRow makes a great point. How about shifting the blame to the offenses for sending these small WR’s into crossing patterns across the field. That’s whats sets up the angles for these awkward hits.

These touch-me-not rules are also responsible for the generation of prima-donna WR’s we have to deal with. 20 years ago you had to be fast and tough to play the position – now the emphasis is just on speed. Every time these head-cases miss a catch, the first thing they do when they get up is mug for a PI penalty.

Good Luck on your appeal Dunta!

Eyes wide open!!!!

October 20th, 2010
5:30 pm

Ok have all of the Falcon fans finished whining about the call???? Dunte made no effort to make a play on the ball…he did launch himself at the receiver and he hit him high….BTW…That 50k amounts to less than 1% of his salary so stop acting like he was robbed. BTW instead of looking for the big hit, he might want to go backl and figure out how to cover with out giving up a Pass interference penalty every game!!!

F-Troop

October 20th, 2010
5:30 pm

Players will adjust to the new realities. A few suspensions will occur. The strongest hits will now be at the knees. Many more ACL tears and such. The 49ers SS tried to take Gonzalez out at the knees othe other game. It’s going to happen. The game is more violent because these guys are bigger, heavier, and faster than ever. Next, we’ll be cringing at the Theisman-like breaks and tears from the his on down. But it’s better than a head injury, I suppose.

sam

October 20th, 2010
5:31 pm

Not only was it a legal hit, but it was a bad call that affected the outcome of the game. As I recall, the Falcons had just stopped the Eagles and this gave them another first down. To bad we can appeal that.
BTW, “Free Danta” on Sunday works for me!

dagnabit

October 20th, 2010
5:33 pm

Anyone who thinks that Mike Vick will play a whole season hasn’t watched Mike Vick very much.

keeping it Real with no hype

October 20th, 2010
5:37 pm

How manny QB have played a whole season? Dagnabit

RockyMtnFalcon

October 20th, 2010
5:39 pm

Remember, If your going to the game Sunday…Chant “Free Danta!”" Chant it loud, and long!

Jawbreaker

October 20th, 2010
5:44 pm

This is just STUPID!!!! Football is a violent game, and unfortunately, injuries are part of the game. Brian Urlacher is right, just change the name to the NFFL, and play flag football. Its unfortunate that Jackson got hurt, BUT THAT’S PART OF THE GAME!!!! To think you’re going to change the game of football after 100 years is just STUPID!!! No, the league won’t repeal the fine, but Robinson is right to appeal it, because it was a legal hit.

Dan

October 20th, 2010
5:45 pm

Eyes wide open One he didn’t launch, his foot was on the ground at the point of contact (actually that made for a bigger impact anyway “launching) dissapates the impact)and “hitting High” is not a penalty, the reality is it was a picture perfect tackle that broke no rules

ezcofalconfan52

October 20th, 2010
5:55 pm

eyes wide open must watch football with a pink dress on….. drob stopped before contact an lowered his shoulder…. djack had caught the ball an tucked it.

Reid Adair

October 20th, 2010
5:58 pm

Good for Dunta. Tim Hasselbeck was on ESPN last night talking about all three fines. He said Robinson’s fine “baffled” him. He said Robinson led with his shoulder, not his head.

Hopefully the appeal works.

Mama Says

October 20th, 2010
6:02 pm

Ok the real people responsible for these hits, with some exceptions, are the NFL managers and rules comm. They have done whatever they could to add offense to the game. They have made it illegal to hit an offensive player, QB’s are treated as if they are more important than the other players and are allowed to throw the ball away before being tackled. WR’s cannot be touched and are allowed by rule to run free all over the field. The protection of these offensive players is what has speed the game up. The only option for a defensive player now is to allow the player to make the catch and then blast them to dislodge the ball. Outside that, it’s give up big plays game after game and get cut.

na

October 20th, 2010
6:09 pm

it was a clean hit
it was a hard hit
what is this guy supposed to do?
everyone said for years we have not had defensive backs that can hit ( see DeAngelo Hall— fast but afraid to hit)
Now we have a guy that will make you think twice when you are trying to catch the ball.
Brings back memories of Jessie Tuggle.
He should appeal
He should win this just by looking at the film.
The NFL got this one wrong.
Dunta is just playing the game the right way and should not be punished for this.

matt olivers an IDIOT

October 20th, 2010
6:19 pm

Hey Matt Oliver! Maybe you should look up the meaning of the word “eradicate” before trying to poke fun at UGA. Since when does eradicate mean “like all messed up”? Idiot! I think jackholes like YOU should be eradicated!

JASon

October 20th, 2010
6:25 pm

I said before the season started that I didn’t think I was could put up with the NFL’s stupidity for another season. However, I never, in my wildest dreams, expected it would be this bad. First with the Calvin Johnson TD, then with the players dressing in pink, then with the criticism of swearing in the locker room…now this. NFL, why don’t you dress up all the players in skirts and have them wear pink sequins and play touch football. So that you can make more money. I have had it with the greed and self interest in this country. Anything that is good today, and works well, will eventually be exploited by money, and ruined, the way the NFL is currently being ruined.

Yluee Falcon

October 20th, 2010
6:30 pm

Dunta was guilty of delivering a massive hit on the same day as two other bad hits. Had this just been Dunta’s highlight on ESPN, then he would be looking at a smaller fine.