The League

THE QUESTION

Subjective punishments?

How should the NFL punish players like Andre Johnson and Cortland Finnegan for throwing punches and fighting? How should those fines/suspensions compare to those now levied for helmet-to-helmet hits?

Posted by Matt Brooks on November 30, 2010 12:00 AM
FROM THE PANEL

Was $25,000 a fitting fine?

Was a $25,000 fine a fitting punishment for Andre Johnson and Cortland Finnegan's on-field brawl?

Posted by Reader Poll, on November 30, 2010 10:58 AM

Subjectivity is a necessity

The NFL must consider each situation -- including the track records of the players involved -- when deciding on appropriate punishments for fights, punches and illegal hits, to avoid heading down a slippery slope.

Posted by Anthony Stalter, on November 30, 2010 10:33 AM

Conspiracy theories

Perhaps Houston's next two games -- nationally televised matchups on Thursday and Monday nights -- played a role in the relatively light fine Andre Johnson and Cortland Finnegan received for their on-field fight.

Posted by Tim McHale, on November 30, 2010 8:47 AM

No fighting in Goodell's NFL

In Roger Goodell's NFL, displays of temper are not tolerated. And it's Cortland Finnegan whose reputation was further tarnished by his fight with Andre Johnson.

Posted by Dave Goldberg, on November 30, 2010 12:40 AM

Hits worse than fights

Long-term damage from helmet-to-helmet hits is more dangerous to the NFL than on-field fights and fines and suspensions should be levied accordingly.

Posted by Michael Oriard, on November 30, 2010 12:25 AM

A dangerous precedent

Failing to suspend players for fighting on the field sets a dangerous precedent in the NFL that could eventually result in injuries to star players.

Posted by Michael Kun, on November 30, 2010 12:08 AM

Fines do just fine

Fines and a coach's wrath have always been the best deterrents in the NFL, and the fines levied against Andre Johnson and Cortland Finnegan for their Sunday fracas should do just that.

Posted by Leonard Shapiro, on November 30, 2010 12:00 AM

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