Over the course of the 2012 NFL season, Ed Reed of the Baltimore Ravens has been fined more than any player in the league for helmet-to-helmet hits.
Reed has had to pay the league $100,000 this season for illegal hits committed and isn’t happy about the way NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and company are fining players for hits via J. Michael of CSNBaltimore.com:
“If you’re just somebody who is upstairs just wearing a suit who is just fining people and stuff like that for the wrong things; we’re policing the wrong things,” Reed said. “I really don’t know what to say about our commissioner, honestly. It’s probably more him and his staff that came up with the things that we’re being fined for. It’s not just Mr. Goodell. I think he needs more help at the fining process and not just have do-boys that want to please you.”
As if the $100,000 fine total wasn’t bad enough, Reed was actually able to overturn one of the fines handed out by the league due to an appeal. The fine may have quadrupled the fine amount essentially for Reed due to suspension and loss of salary.
The veteran safety has been bothered by the way the league has been coming down on defensive players over the last few years making it hard for veterans like himself to play with the same intensity. The rules are put in place to protect the players from serious injury and with all the recent problems with concussion cases as of late; things have gotten even worse for players like Reed.
As a result of the strict rules and costly fines, Reed has thought about retirement due to a difficulty in changing his style of play. Although Reed has said that he’ll return next season, the veteran may soon have enough of this game if the fines continue to roll in next season either with the Ravens or another team.