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Dashon Goldson Wins Appeal, Hit With $100K Fine

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Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images.
Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images.

As first tweeted by ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Tampa Bay Buccaneers S Dashon Goldson won his appeal of a one-game suspension Wednesday. ESPN reported that he has instead been ordered to pay a $100,000 fine.

One of the NFL’s two independent appeals officers, Matt Birk, overturned the suspension and imposed the fine. He also upheld Goldson’s $30,000 fine for a hit that occurred in Week 1.

Goldson had originally been suspended for his hit on Darren Sproles in the Buccaneers’ Week 2 loss to the Saints. The Week 1 fine was the result of a hit on Jeff Cumberland. Goldson has been flagged for personal foul penalties 15 times (including both recent incidents) since 2010 — the most of any player in the league.

The move indicates that a precedent is being set in terms of the amount and escalation of fines that players will receive once they have multiple infractions. Earlier this season the Lions’ Ndamukong Suh was also hit with a $100,000 fine for an unnecessary malicious block he delivered in Week 1. We have yet to see what the next level of league discipline will be for players with similar track records, but it’s hard to imagine that if either Suh or Goldson have another on-field incident and initially receive a suspension, that an appeal will overturn it.

Goldson, who signed a five-year, $41.25 million contract with Tampa Bay this offseason, has been a major upgrade for the Buccaneers secondary through two games. The two-time Pro Bowler — who turned 29 on Wednesday — was spared having to forfeit a game check if the suspension had been upheld, which would have cost him roughly $265,000. Happy birthday, Goldson.

For some more info on the NFL and NFLPA’s appointment of Matt Birk as one of their independent appeals officers, see this Sports Illustrated post from early August.