Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 12/8/12
Ridiculous fines continue to be the norm in the NFL, this time with one coming from the league and the other coming from the Arizona Cardinals.Denver’s Von Miller Fined $25,000 The fine that is coming from the league is on Von Miller who was fined for a hit on Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Josh Freeman that is described as a “hit below the knee.” You have gotta be kidding me.Miller did draw a roughing the pass penalty on the play. Whether or not it was a late hit is not the point, the point is, where is Miller suppose to try and tackle Freeman? He did not hit Freeman in the knee where it could cause a horrible injury similar to what happened to Tom Brady a few seasons ago. He hit Freeman below the knee. What is the worse that is going to happen, Freeman gets a bruise on his shin? Really?Additionally, if he goes for the head, he gets a penalty and fine, if he grabs his collar to tackle him it is a penalty and fine, and I am sure if he tries to tackle him to hard in the middle of his body he would get some kind of penalty or condemnation from the league. The fact that Miller got fined for hitting Freeman below the knee is another example of the league trying to take player safety too far.Secondly, where does the league come up with the amount of the fine? Miller gets a 25,000 dollar fine for doing his job? The last time I checked the league was fighting the players over billions of dollars during last year’s lockout. There is no way the league is hurting for money, and the fact of the matter is players are going to play the way they want too and pay whatever silly fine the league comes up with.If the league thinks they are setting an example with these silly fines and dollar amounts they are fooling themselves. If anything it makes the players want to play rougher and more intensely. How soon flags hanging out of the back of player’s pants are the norm in the NFL?Darnell Dockett Fined Between $100,000 and 200,000Defensive Darnell Dockett is being fined six-figures and could lose starting time for disagreeing with coach’s orders to purposely allow the New York Jets offense to score a touchdown, so Arizona’s offense could get the ball back. Additionally, it is reported Dockett spit at fellow teammate Kerry Rhodes. Both Dockett and Rhodes admit to arguing with one another but that no one spit at each other.I personally agree with Dockett, and feel that no player or team should ever let another team score on purpose, because it takes away what little integrity that is left in the game. Whether I agree with Dockett or not the fact of the matter is that he did disobey his coaches and should be disciplined. However, a fine of more than $100,000 is ridiculous.Dockett did not make an illegal hit, he did fail a drug test, he did not miss a practice, and all he did was disagree with his coaches and have an argument with a teammate. Furthermore, all the discussion and disagreement was for not because the Jets downed the ball on the next play which ran out the clock. However, Dockett is still being fined.Make him run extra laps, do not start him in the next game, these disciplines are fine and deserved, but fining a player for such an obsessive amount is stupid.Agree or disagree with my opinions? Please let me know by commenting on this article or sending me a tweet at @danielfblnation 
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