Correct me if I'm wrong, but aren't the penalties for fighting pretty clearly defined by the CBA? I'm pretty sure I heard it get brought up in the wake of the Richard Seymour affair. As I understand it, the league can't suspend players for fighting, unless they've had a certain number of prior incidents. There's a progression. The first offense is a fine of X dollars. The second offense is X dollars. And the third can result in a suspension. Could be wrong, but that's the way I heard it. Even if he wanted to, Goodell couldn't suspend them.
"What a horrible night to have a curse."
"Please bury me with all my stuff, because you know it's mine..."
"Passersby were amazed by the unusually large amounts of blood."
Normally I'd say a situation like this fight is an absolute disgrace, however, this whole incident has caveat written all over it.
Cortland Finnegan is a thug, and wants to be known as the "NFL's Dirtiest Player". He is basically the NFL's version of Sean Avery, and anyone with slight knowledge of the NHL would understand the reference. From what I had been hearing yesterday, this is at least Finnegan's third incident this year, and has been riding Johnson like this for 4 years now.
The kicker for me, though, is it sounds like Finnegan turned to the Texans' sidelines and said something along the lines of "Hey ya'll, watch this" before he jacked Johnson in the face. At that point Johnson could not not go.
Should Johnson have controlled himself? Absolutely. Not to mention Johnson gets this and is probably the maddest out of anyone critiquing him because he knows he shouldn't have blown his cool. Of course, you have Finnegan with no remorse whatsoever, stating that he's going to appeal the fine, acting as if he's done nothing wrong. Of course not - it's not as if he wasn't jumping up and down after the fight acting like he won it. Truth is, his only "win" in that fight was the fact that the refs broke it up before Johnson had the chance to do any real damage.
Chuck Lidell: I paint my toenails with pink and black polish. Problem is, I get more paint on my toes and on the carpet than on my nails. Any advice? Maria Sharapova: Don't you beat up other guys for a living? I don't know how to answer this.
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