It's a shame the NFL lumped Falcons CB Dunta Robinson in with a certified head-hunting repeat offender like Steelers LB James Harrison by fining the two along with Patriots S Brandon Meriweather en masse yesterday. Besides the fact that Harrison's hit on Browns WR Mohamed Massaquoi -- a former Georgia Bulldog star -- was far more egregious and intentionally maim-y than Robinson's hit on Eagles WR DeSean Jackson, Harrison has spent this week either ignorantly celebrating his attack:â†µ
A hit like that geeks you up, especially when you find out the guy is not really hurt, he's just sleeping. He's knocked out but he's going to be OK.â†µ
Or insisting he's about to retire because of the punishment, which we're all holding our breath over:â†µ
"I’m going to sit down and have a serious conversation with my coach tomorrow and see if I can actually play by NFL rules and still be effective," Harrison said. "If not, I may have to give up playing football."â†µ
He's also gotten himself so worked up about the fine he's missing a day of practice today. Robinson's missing practice too, but because of a concussion. Massaquoi's agent believes the fine isn't steep enough, noting a $75,000 fine is "less than one percent" of Harrison's annual income.â†µ
Call me biased if you want. But compare Robinson's hit to Harrison's -- one was head-to-head, the other wasn't. One defender at least appears to take a crack at wrapping up; the other defender's arms flail in the air like they're the most useless things in the world.â†µ
And compare their post-fine reactions. Robinson insisted he isn't a dirty player, which may be up for debate, while Harrison declared himself staunchly pro-concussion. Come on.