Originally posted on 60 Max Power O  |  Last updated 9/21/12

The New York Giants have long been heralded as a class organization. Although there have been a few hiccups here and there, Big Blue generally does a commendable job in keeping its players out of trouble with both the law and the NFL itself.

However, today, the league has come down hard on starters David Bass and Kevin Boothe for physically engaging Tampa Bay Buccaneer defenders after their controversial actions during Eli Manning's kneel down on the final play of the contest. Furthermore, safety Kenny Phillips was fined $30,000 for his crushing blow to Bucs receiver Vincent Jackson.

Both Boss and Boothe were fined $7,875 for striking their opposition in the head and neck areas. On the film, both can be seen engaging Buccaneers defenders in a scrum that carried over to the traditional head coaches hand shake immediately after the game. Surprisingly, Giants head coach Tom Coughlin was not pleased with Greh Schiano's decision to knock down Eli Manning in the final play.

Kenny Phillips' fine stems from a vicious hit he put on Bucs wideout Vincent Jackson. Jackson broke loose of coverage and was in the process of catching a 12-15 yard pass from quarterback Josh Freeman when he was blindsided by Phillips over the middle of the field. There was no penalty called on the play, and the energy gained from the hit propelled the Giants to improve their defensive play for the rest of the game. 

In both situations, the Giants had no choice but to put themselves in jeopardy of Roger Goodell imposing stiff penalties. Obviously, the Giants had  to retaliate after the Bucs went after Eli Manning on the final play of the game. Not only was the play dangerous, but it put the health of the team's franchise player in question. Big Blue had no choice but to make it known the it will not tolerate cheap shots to it's premier athletes.

With that, Kenny Phillips' hit was a turning point in the game. The Giants looked lethargic until Phillips' devastating hit on the Bucs premier offensive weapon finally injected some life into the defense. It might be fair to say that without that hit, the Giants would have gone to Carolina with an 0-2 record last night.

As unfortunate as it is that the players must take money out of their own pockets to pay for things they would probably do over again if given the chance, the NFL's crusade on player safety has made this a weekly occurrence. The Giants have avoided stiff fined for the most part so far. However, Roger Goodell's policy is so subjective that it doesn't allow players to know what is legal and what isn't until they receive a letter in the mail from the league office. In short, getting fined is just part of the game now, and players are just going to have to deal with it.

Be sure to check out other great articles at Sports Media 101.

GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Von Miller: ‘I’m going to be a Denver Bronco for life’

Texas A&M WR coach goes on Twitter rant after Martell news

Pirates' Gerrit Cole asked to calm down at Pens-Caps game

Tom Brady takes selfie with Vanilla Ice

Charles Oakley calls out Charles Barkley for advocating violence

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Report: Mike D’Antoni to interview for Rockets head coaching job

Jack Adams curse continues with the firing of Bob Hartley

Report: Big 12 expansion likely

Dion Waiters on LaMarcus Aldridge: ‘One man can’t beat you’

Dwyane Wade responds to LeBron James’ comments about facing him

Dodgers suspend Erisbel Arruebarrena for remainder of season

Johnny Manziel sister Meri shares fun family video

Underrated players showcasing themselves in NBA Playoffs

Al Davis had no idea who Darth Vader was

WATCH: Braden Holtby allows 5-hole OT winner to Penguins

Michigan TE Jake Butt shares cool photo of his All-American portrait

John Daly: I 'wasted my talents in the 90’s'

Nebraska commit Keyshawn Johnson Jr. to meet with Lane Kiffin

Atlanta Hawks’ Twitter keeps it funny during blowout

Johnny Manziel tweets joke about his mugshot

Report: Ex-Lions WR Brett Perriman in hospital, on life support

Report: Vinny Del Negro to interview with Rockets

Donald Trump to attend Canelo Alvarez-Amir Khan fight

NFL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Dangerous hits spotlighted in Round 2 of the NHL playoffs

QUIZ: Name every Triple A Minor League Baseball team

Most exciting games of the 2016 NBA playoffs so far

Five bizarre moments in Round 2 of the Stanley Cup Playoffs

How the Sharks have 'weathered the storm' against the Predators

Okay, who stole the Kansas City Royals player off that billboard?

Eight players to watch in Round 2 of the Stanley Cup Playoffs

A Round-By-Round Look At the NFL Draft

10 biggest takeaways from the NBA playoffs thus far

QUIZ: Name every No. 1 overall pick in the NFL Draft since 1985

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker