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American Football: Lynch fined $7,500 for hit

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Ben

posted on Sep, 16 2004 @ 10:39 AM
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John Lynch saw the next-day-mail envelope in his locker and knew the news wasn't good.

The Denver Broncos safety had the distinction of being the first player to draw a fine from the NFL this season, when the league sent him a letter Wednesday demanding $7,500 for a hard hit on Kansas City receiver Dante Hall in the opener.

"I'm going to let the appeal process begin today," said Lynch, who has a reputation for being one of the hardest hitters at the hardest-hitting position in football.

Even before the envelope arrived, Lynch had an inkling he'd be getting reprimanded. First, he drew a penalty for the hit. Then, he saw the play on pretty much every highlight show he watched - over and over again.

"If you make the highlights these days, you're going to get fined," he said. "That's pretty much what it comes down to. It's kind of hypocritical. They put it on their 'Greatest Hits,' but they'll fine you for it, too."

Lynch drew the fine for a hard blow just below Hall's facemask as the receiver sprawled out to catch a ball over the middle. The hit came after it was fairly clear the ball couldn't be caught, although it's hard to know if Lynch could have pulled up to avoid contact in time.

Chiefs coach Dick Vermeil said it didn't look like a cheap shot to him.

"They don't want people taking shots like that," Vermeil said. "But I don't think it was anything intentional. It was just a spontaneous, quick football play."

Hall, who was not hurt on the play, joked that the fine should have been $25,000 "for my pain and suffering."

Lynch said officials told him he was penalized not for a helmet-to-helmet hit - something the league has cracked down on severely over the past few seasons - but for taking a shot at a defenseless receiver.

"They told me he was defenseless," Lynch said. "Isn't that always the case?"




posted on Sep, 16 2004 @ 06:26 PM
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That was an awesome hit, I wonder how long it took Dante to remember his name?


TRD

posted on Sep, 17 2004 @ 12:44 PM
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I didn't know they fined the players for a illegal hit...

In rugby they get a warning or sent off the field....Sometimes if it is real bad a suspension.



posted on Sep, 17 2004 @ 04:32 PM
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Originally posted by TRD
I didn't know they fined the players for a illegal hit...

In rugby they get a warning or sent off the field....Sometimes if it is real bad a suspension.


yeah, illigal hits are penalized financially, and if it is an intentional hit, there may be suspenions involved, in addition to the fines.



posted on Sep, 20 2004 @ 09:06 AM
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i didnt think it was an illegal hit at all. What are they thinking!? are they trying to take hitting away from the game? The WR was over the middle he got hit, it happens get a hemlet!!!! What it was knocked off from teh killer hit.



posted on Sep, 20 2004 @ 04:24 PM
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Sounds like Vermeil and hall both thought it was a legal hit, too. But, the powers that be called him "defenseless", thus the fine. Whatever that means.



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