Goldson Suspended One GameSeptember 16th, 2013
The NFL is cracking down on Dashon Goldson, who since joining the Buccaneers has been cracking down on receivers over the middle, drilling what’s in his path.
The league announced today that Goldson was suspended for one game. Goldson can appeal, a process that likely would be resolved before Sunday’s Bucs-Patriots game in New England.
The violation was Goldson’s fifth for unnecessary roughness since 2011 and his second in the first two weeks of the 2013 season. Goldson was fined $30,000 last week for striking a defenseless player in the head and neck area in the Buccaneers’ Week 1 game against the New York Jets.
“You had an unobstructed path to your opponent,” Hanks wrote in a letter to Goldson informing him of the suspension. “It is clear that you lowered your head and unnecessarily rammed the left side of your helmet into the left side of your opponent’s head. You delivered a forceful blow with your helmet and made no attempt whatsoever to wrap up your opponent or make a conventional tackle on the play. This illegal contact clearly could have been avoided.”
Under the Collective Bargaining Agreement, the suspension may be appealed within three business days and an expedited hearing and decision requested in advance of Sunday’s game. Appeals are heard and decided by either Matt Birk or Tedd Cottrell, the officers jointly appointed and compensated by the NFL and NFLPA to decide appeals of on-field player discipline.
Joe finds it interesting that another former 49ers Pro Bowl safety, Merton Hanks, is the league official quoted above.
Joe’s only problem with these league reviews and punishments is how subjective the process is. Joe suspects the NFL is much more interested in sending a message through a Buccaneer, versus a member of a high-profile team like the Giants, Packers, Bears or [insert big market city.]