NFLPA's DeMaurice Smith plans to meet with Roger Goodell to discuss fines
DeMaurice Smith, executive director of the NFL Players Association, said he intends to meet soon with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell to discuss fines the league is handing down to players for helmet-to-helmet hits and the appeals process for players who are fined.
"I think it's important that we discuss both the policy, the fines, the amount of the fines, and the manner in which the amounts were determined and the punishment was determined," Smith said Tuesday at a union event in Philadelphia, via the Philadelphia Inquirer.
The meeting, Smith said, would take place "in the near future." Smith said he is particularly interested in discussing what he sees as inconsistencies. "Some of the fines were imposed even when no flags were thrown. Our players look at other contact issues, where neither a flag nor a fine is imposed, so I think it's important to have a discussion about it all," Smith said.
Appeals are heard by an NFL official. "We have always believed a better system is to have a neutral arbitrator," Smith said.
League spokesman Michael Signora told the Inquirer that the appeal process was agreed upon by the NFLPA and NFL in August. "Appeals are heard and decided by pro football Hall of Fame player and former NFL coach Art Shell and by former NFL player and coach Ted Cottrell," Signora said in an e-mail. They were appointed jointly by the union and NFL.
| December 9, 2010; 12:50 PM ET
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