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mnf hit=75k

Discussion in 'Professional Football' started by jimotis4heisman, Dec 21, 2004.


    Tuesday, December 21, 2004

    Associated Press
    <!-- template inline -->NEW YORK -- Jacksonville safety Donovin Darius was fined $75,000 by the NFL on Tuesday for a hit across the neck of Green Bay's Robert Ferguson that left the wide receiver temporarily paralyzed.

    <TABLE cellSpacing=0 cellPadding=0 align=right border=0><TBODY><TR><TD width=5 rowSpan=2><SPACER width="5" type="block" height="1"></TD><TD width=275>[​IMG]</TD></TR><TR><TD width=275>[font=verdana, arial, geneva]Ferguson temporarily lost feeling in his legs after this clothesline from Darius.[/font]</TD></TR></TBODY></TABLE>

    Darius, who was ejected from the game, wasn't suspended because league disciplinarian Gene Washington noted that this was the first time he had been fined for a violation.

    The hit came in the fourth quarter of Jacksonville's 28-25 win over the Packers.

    Ferguson caught a pass over the middle, and Darius hit him across the helmet and neck with a forearm. Ferguson lay on the ground and was taken off the field, regaining feeling in his legs later, after he was hospitalized. He remained in the hospital Sunday and Monday nights.'s John Clayton reports Ferguson was released from the hospital Tuesday afternoon. He is officially listed as out for Friday's game against Minnesota with head and neck injuries.

    Darius said in a statement that he spoke with Ferguson on Monday in the hospital.

    "We had a good conversation in which he told me he has no hard feelings," Darius said. "We agreed that it was a part of the game. The most important thing is that Robert is OK."

    Darius, whose annual salary is more than $4 million a season, was ejected from the game by referee Ed Hochuli.

    "You violently and unnecessarily struck your opponent in the neck and head area with your forearm," Washington said in his letter to Darius.

    Packers quarterback Brett Favre said he expected a heavy fine.

    "I don't know him personally. He seems like a good guy and it's an unfortunate hit," Favre said. "And his comments were he was going for the ball. Maybe he was. Maybe his sole intention was to knock the ball out, but it just didn't seem like it.

    "You'd hate to think that you'd ruin a guy's career, and Fergie, by all accounts, will come back from it. But mentally will he be the same? I don't know," he said.
  2. MililaniBuckeye

    MililaniBuckeye The satanic soulless freight train that is Ohio St Staff Member Tech Admin

    "We agreed that it was a part of the game..."

    I fit were, then your thug ass wouldn't have been thrown out of the game and fined $75,000. Fuckin' punk ass...
  3. Darius should be kicked out for the rest of the season, at least. I believe that it was an intentional hit that could have permanantly paralyzed Fergusen. I don't think that kind of behavior is acceptable in any sport.
  4. tibor75

    tibor75 Banned

    Do you say the same thing when you watch Jack Tatum highlights?
  5. strohs

    strohs Go Bucks!

    75k / 4m = a whopping 1.875% of his salary.
    Should have been suspended for the rest of the season, and quadruple that fine.
  6. sandgk

    sandgk Watson, Crick & A Twist

    I'm unimpressed -- with the Bush League hit DD gave Ferguson it'd be a good sign if he had feelings - hard or no.
  7. MililaniBuckeye

    MililaniBuckeye The satanic soulless freight train that is Ohio St Staff Member Tech Admin

    Tatum didn't do illegal hits, ass-snorter...then again, you wouldn't have known that, seeing as you didn't have TV when you were a kid in Asspackinstan.
  8. or atleast they were not illegal then, the rules were different.
  9. tibor75

    tibor75 Banned

    so if Darius did the same thing 30 years ago, would you still call him a "thug ass"? Jimotis is right, the only difference between the two are the rules at the time they played.
  10. LoKyBuckeye

    LoKyBuckeye I give up. This board is too hard to understand.

    He should be gone for the season. The asshole led with his forearm "trying to know the ball out"... bullshit. Remember this Darius... payback is a bitch.
  11. iambrutus

    iambrutus Screw Blue

    the hit was a cheap shot, but lets be honest, only 1 person knows what he was really trying to do, granted it looks very very bad, but looks dont prove intent.
  12. osugrad21

    osugrad21 Capo Regime Staff Member

    Very true...but nobody believed Robert Reynolds claim of giving a neck massage either:roll2:

    The intent was obvious IMO
  13. Jaxbuck

    Jaxbuck I hate tsun ‘18 Fantasy Baseball Champ

    Living down here I have gotten to interact with a bunch of the Jag's players(even though I'm a die-hard Steeler fan)through work and I would honestly be suprised if DD did that on purpose.

    He is as physical a football player as there is in the NFL but up untill that very hit he has never been known as a cheap shot artist. I personally think he was going for the big hit and it just happened faster than he thought and he couldn't lay the shoulder in, only the forearm. Anyway, best thing is the WR is not crippled.

    Also I would have to agree with Tibs, in 1974 they scrape that WR up and play ball after congratulating DD on a big hit, in 2004 people think he's a criminal. My mother used to drive 75 mph with me in the front seat sans seat belt when I was a kid in the 70's, now they'd lynch her for that. She certainly didn't have any evil intent then or now, the rules just changed(for the better obviously).

    I think thats pretty much what we had with Darius, but like a previous poster noted, DD is the only one who will ever know.
  14. osugrad21

    osugrad21 Capo Regime Staff Member

    Jax, good post and I agree its out of character...however, football has been known to bring people out of character in the heat of the moment. In retrospect, it may not have been intentional in DD's mind...but at that moment, it was.

    Just my opinion...
  15. LoKyBuckeye

    LoKyBuckeye I give up. This board is too hard to understand.

    regardless of intent players at that level have to be smarter than that. Yeah... this isn't the 60's anymore and the game has evolved since then. I don't think he was try to paralyze him (which he came close to doing)... I think he was trying to make the Sportscenter highlights. That is what is wrong with sports these days.... the highlights come first and the the game comes second.

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