After a few too many shots of Tequila last night, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has officially gone insane. Lions WR/KR Stefan Logan was fined $7,875 for a facemask penalty against the Houston Texans on Turkey Day last Thursday. A few other players received the same fine for the same penalty, and Bears' LB Brian Urlacher was fined $15k for a horsecollar tackle. But Goodell didn't stop there. Reports of more fines are coming out now from last Sunday's games and Quarterbacks are being fined for delay of game penalties. Refs are now required to hand out $5k fines for offensive holding in addition to the 10 yard penalty.
A few players, including Lions' Defensive Tackle Ndamukong Suh are losing a ton of money from the NFL's newly enforced fine. Which is fining players for being fined. Over the past 3 years Suh has lost a quarter million dollars including 2 games of suspension without pay. Now, Goodell believes that Suh has run out of chances, and even though Suh's kick on Matt Schaub wasn't clear to Goodell whether there was any intent, Goodell believes it is fine-worthy. Suh was fined $30k for his "kick" on Schaub, and an additional $30k for being fined. And another $30k for that fine, and another...well you get the picture.
Coaches are so outraged by these ridiculous fines that they are questioning the Commissioner, and have officially thrown the red flag in. But the NFL had insisted beforehand that they were going to handle the situation themselves. Therefore, coaches are being fined for their actions, and the NFL has ruled that these recent player fines cannot be appealed because of their hot-headed coaches.
NBA Commissioner David Stern was asked what he thought about Goodell's newly enforced fines, shortly after Stern handed out a fine of his own towards Spurs' Coach Greg Popovich for sitting his star players out for a trip to Miami.
"It really inspires me", says Stern. "I think I'll start fining players for flopping now."