Pittsburgh Steelers' badboy James Harrison was fined $15,000 by the NFL for the Troy Polamalu horse-collar tackle on Baltimore Ravens' running back Ricky Williams last week.
The NFL confirmed the fine on Friday, and also confirmed that it is the first time that a fine has been assessed against a player who was "not directly involved with the play or incident in question." Harrison, in fact, was not even on the field at the time.
Commissioner Roger Goodell was reported to have been "gravely concerned that a player like Mr Polamalu, with his stellar reputation, may be traveling down the same road as Mr Harrison," and considered levying the fine against Harrison only. "Only later did he decide to fine Polamalu as well," a league spokesperson admitted.
Harrison has called Goodell a "crook and a puppet", and also said that "I hate him and will never respect him," in response to a series of fines issued by Goodell. Polamalu, a hard hitting safety, has never been considered a dirty player in general. Neither player could be reached for comment.
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