Jets' Smith says fine, suspension were too steep Print
Written by Admin   
Thursday, 16 October 2008 09:15
NFL Headline News

 FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) -New York Jets safety Eric Smith thinks the NFL ``made an example'' of him with its punishment of his helmet-to-helmet hit on Arizona's Anquan Boldin a few weeks ago.
Smith was suspended and fined $50,000, including one game check, after the scary collision near the end of New York's 56-35 win on Sept. 28.
``If you compare it to the other fines and the extent and the value of the number they put on the other fines, I definitely feel that I may have been made an example of,'' Smith said Thursday. ``It was a first offense this year, and there are a couple of second offenses that haven't been as severe as mine.''
Boldin needed surgery to repair a fractured sinus and is sidelined indefinitely. Smith, in his third year, appealed the decision and insisted there was no malicious intent on his part. The league said Smith committed a flagrant violation of player safety rules and that Boldin was in a defenseless position when contact was made.
hit him like that, but they told me intent wasn't looked at,'' said Smith, whose salary is $445,000. ``But if intent isn't involved, then why isn't every fine the same?''
NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said the league would have no comment on the suspension or Smith's statements.
Smith was accompanied to his appeal hearing at the NFL's offices in Manhattan last week by his agent, Buddy Baker; Jets general manager Mike Tannenbaum; and a lawyer for the NFLPA. Smith said he knew he had little chance of having the penalties overturned.
``I felt that the media attention it received was really tough to win my appeal, just because of the attention it got and basically everybody knew about it,'' said Smith, who sat out the Jets' win Sunday against Cincinnati. ``So, it was going to be tough for the NFL to change their decision on it.''
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, who a few weeks earlier issued a player safety edict, was not present at the hearing.
``I can't say it would've helped me or hurt me either way,'' Smith said, ``but I would've definitely liked to have talked to him about it.''
field. No penalty was called on the play.
Smith was also briefly knocked unconscious and has no recollection of the hit - except for what he's seen over and over on replays.
``From the first time I saw it, it looked as I'm going to hit him, I'm going to hit him in the chest,'' Smith said. ``But when he got hit from behind, he came down into where my line of hitting was. So, if he hadn't been hit from behind, then it wouldn't have been helmet to helmet.''
Smith called Boldin a few days after the collision and left him a message.
``He couldn't talk because he had just had the surgery, but he texted me back,'' Smith said. ``Basically, he didn't hold me accountable for anything. He knew I'm not a dirty player and he basically didn't want me to change my style of play or preparation.''
Smith, expected to play in the Jets' next game Sunday at Oakland, doesn't think the collision will change his approach.
``I really don't think so because, I mean, I'm not a dirty player,'' he said. ``That wasn't my intention to hit him like that, so it was just the circumstances that resulted in the impact being helmet to helmet. I can't let that affect how I play. If I got put in the same situation where a receiver has the ball in his hands in the end zone, then I'm probably going to attack it the same way.''
.
Last week, Arizona's Adrian Wilson was fined $25,000 by the NFL for a hit on Buffalo quarterback Trent Edwards. It wasn't helmet to helmet, but Edwards suffered a concussion and didn't return. League officials decided that Wilson unnecessarily drove Edwards to the ground.
Two weeks ago, Carolina's Julius Peppers was fined $10,000 for a helmet-to-helmet hit on Atlanta quarterback Matt Ryan. A penalty was called by Ed Hochuli, wiping out Richard Marshall's interception return for a touchdown.
 

NFL Team Pages

Top NFL Public Bets

#1 453 Dallas Cowboys 88%
#2 467 Indianapolis Colts 83%
#3 460 New Orleans Saints 82%
#4 471 San Francisco 49ers 78%
#5 479 Chicago Bears 74%
#6 462 Cincinnati Bengals 73%
#7 463 Baltimore Ravens 71%
#8 465 Green Bay Packers 65%
#9 457 Houston Texans 65%
#10 478 Carolina Panthers 65%
View All: NFL |  NBA |  NCAAF |  NCAAB |  MLB |  NHL

NFL Futures

NFL TEAM CONFERENCE ODDS CURRENT
DENVER BRONCOS 8/5
SEATTLE SEAHAWKS 12/5
NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS 4/1
SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS 11/2
GREEN BAY PACKERS 7/1
CINCINNATI BENGALS 7/1
PHILADELPHIA EAGLES 8/1
NEW ORLEANS SAINTS 9/1
SAN DIEGO CHARGERS 10/1
CAROLINA PANTHERS 12/1
View All

Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Contact Us | Advertising | 888-99-SPREAD

THIS IS NOT A GAMBLING SITE – If you think you have a gambling problem click here.

Disclaimer: This site is for informational and entertainment purposes only. Individual users are responsible for the laws regarding accessing gambling information from their jurisdictions. Many countries around the world prohibit gambling, please check the laws in your location. Any use of this information that may violate any federal, state, local or international law is strictly prohibited.

Copyright: The information contained on TheSpread.com website is protected by international copyright and may not be reproduced, or redistributed in any way without expressed written consent.

About: TheSpread.com is the largest sports betting news site in the United States. We provide point spread news, odds, statistics and information to over 199 countries around the world each year. Our coverage includes all North American College and Professional Sports as well as entertainment, political and proposition wagering news.

©1999-2013 TheSpread.com