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New York Giants’ Antrel Rolle, Philadelphia Eagles’ King Dunlap Each Fined $7,875 for Fight

January 7th, 2013 at 6:30 AM
By Dan Benton

The New York Giants and Philadelphia Eagles hate each other. That's an indisputable fact. It's also for that reason no one was surprised when Giants safety Antrel Rolle – one of the most emotional players on the team – and Eagles offensive tackle King Dunlap got into a bit of a skirmish in week 17.

What was surprising, however, is that the skirmish turned into an actual fight with fists flying in every direction. A fight which ended after Dunlap bumped an official to the ground.

Ejections were expected, but order was restored and each player was flagged for a personal foul, unnecessary roughness. The penalties were offsetting and business returned to normal. Until the NFL got a look at the tape, that is.

In one of their more "slap on the wrist" punishments of the season, the league decided to fine Rolle and Dunlap to the tune of $7,875 – one of the more insignificant sums we've seen issued this year.

By comparison, safety Kenny Phillips was fined $30,000 by the NFL for his week two hit on Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Vincent Jackson. The hit was clean, and eventually overturned, but it's hard to understand the league's justification. The incident between Rolle and Dunlap was relatively violent by NFL fights standards, yet the fine was only $7,875 a piece.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell is a difficult man to figure out.


Tags: Antrel Rolle, Football, Kenny Phillips, King Dunlap, New York, New York Giants, NFL, Philadelphia, Philadelphia Eagles, Roger Goodell

12 Responses to “New York Giants’ Antrel Rolle, Philadelphia Eagles’ King Dunlap Each Fined $7,875 for Fight”

  1.  Krow says:

    I wonder if these fines have lost their effectiveness? They’re supposed to reduce certain types of hits and on-field behavior. But they’ve become so random and unpredictable that I suspect they’re just considered a cost of doing business.

  2.  Krow says:

    As an aside … at least the RG3 suckfest is over till next season. I bet John Gruden is on suicide watch.

    •  Dirt says:


    •  Chad Eldred says:

      I will admit that I’m pretty curious to see the results of RG3′s MRI later today. If for some reason he has damage there will be many who will contend that there was a coverup and that he played while it was known that he was injured. I don’t believe that any team would trade the future of their cornerstone player for the here and now, but there will be speculation.

      Regarding the Skins, I’m also very interested to see what they do this off-season. After tasting some success does Dan Snyder decide to go on a spending spree like the days of old? Does he push all of his chips to the center of the table and sign every aging vet in sight and trade away future draft picks? Or has the fact that two rookies led his team to the playoffs finally opened his eyes to the importance of success through drafting.

      •  Krow says:

        No picks … no cash … and now no QB. Well played there Shanahans.

        •  Chad Eldred says:

          Cash can be created by kicking the can down the road a bit. Draft choices are much harder to come by. Given that they mortgaged a bit of the future to get the guy to begin with, I would have gotten RG3 out of the game much sooner yesterday. I know hindsight is 20/20, but there is too much invested in this guy to play around.

    •  G-MenFan says:

      No, it’s only over until after the Super Bowl. On Monday, February 4, 2013 it begins over again, with the shameless public deep-throating. I no longer read Peter King, but I guarantee his “Monday Morning Quarterback” feature today will be nothing short of a man-on-man porn extravaganza with Pete providing the service.

  3.  JimStoll says:

    because we care:

    There is reason to fear the worst.

    At least that is what Robert Griffin III indicated after hinting that the anterior cruciate ligament inside his right knee may have been damaged on the play that ended his (and the Washington Redskins’) season with 6:19 remaining in Sunday’s 24-14 NFC wild-card loss to the Seattle Seahawks.

    Griffin went down in writhing pain as his knee bent in nighmarish fashion when he went to retrieve a low snap by center Will Montgomery on second-and-22 from the Washington 12-yard line.

    Asked if he was worried about a dreaded ACL tear, Griffin replied, “Honestly, it’s up in the air right now. I know coming off the field I thought it was just the same thing (he sprained his lateral collateral ligament last month). But right now, we’ll see what it is.

  4.  TuckThis says:

    I’m more curious to see what Jerry Jones does. I think Snyder has tasted a degree of success and will stay the course.

    •  Chad Eldred says:

      I’m most curious to see what we do, but it will be an interesting off-season for the East. Two owners with a history of being impatient and reactionary, the Eagles looking for direction, and us with a bevy of contracts to deal with and decisions to be made regarding aging vets. Now that the NFC East has officially been eliminated from contention, the questions begin.

  5.  clever username says:

    this isn’t a “hindsight 20/20″ deal. you could see the limp from the start, and everyone i was with was saying how dumb they were by letting him play. after the bootleg ‘jog’, it was obvious that he needed to come out of the game. Shanahan later said that Griffin ‘said all the right things’ to stay in the game, but Shanahan is far from a rookie coach and should’ve known better. this kid is one exciting SOB, but unfortunately for him and the Skins he won’t last more than 5 years if he continues with this style of play and coaching.

    although he’ll finish 4th or 5th in the voting, my fellow FAU alum, Alfred Morris, should win the ROY. just sayin’…..

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