Friday, January 4, 2008

New England Spygate DT Vince Wilfolk gets off Easy with Fine

EyE gouging incident yields Wilfolk only a fine, indicating the NFL's favored position towards the Patriots. Look for the Cheatriots to win the Super Bowl with help from the referees if necessary.
We're amazed -- amazed -- that Pats defensive
tackle Vince Wilfork was fined only $15,000 for treating Giants running back
Brandon Jacobs like he'd just said "nyuk, nyuk, nyuk."
Wilfork jammed his stubby finger into
Jacobs' eye!
Sure, Jacobs wasn't hurt.  But the act
was still heinous.  If the officials had seen it, he surely would have
been ejected.  So why wasn't he suspended?
And given that it was Wilfork's third fine of
the year for on-field misbehavior, we think that he at least should have
been fined far more than $15,000.
Finally, a reader has made a great suggestion. 
Why not base these fines on a percentage of the player's annual salary? 
As it now stands, these penalties affect players of different income levels
differently.  The goal, however, should be to create a deterrent effect
that is consistent.  The best way to do that is to take away a specific
portion of the player's pay. 
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