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Matt Loede
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Matt Loede

Editor and co-owner of NFL Gridiron Gab and the Sports Gab Network.

Have a heart, NFL

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For years the NFL has been known as the "No Fun League." The league has done whatever it can to stop players from wearing non-licensed NFL apparel, and made sure that things like socks, headbands and other clothing meets standards by threat of fine.

This week though was different. The league lost a 26-year-old Bengals wide out Chris Henry to a tragic accident. Henry was a problem off the field for a majority of his career, but clearly what happened on Wednesday night and early Thursday would have to go down as a tragic event.

With that said, I think it's a tragedy that the NFL, in limelight of what happened to Henry, was quick to mandate to players like Chad Ochocinco that wearing Henry's #15 in tribute would be followed with a fine. Ochocinco had just lost a friend, and all he was looking to do was pay tribute to him.

Instead Ochocinco did a modest end zone celebration in Sunday's loss to the Chargers, and talked about it in the postgame. The NFL should be ashamed of itself if it fines him for this. A life has been lost. Give the players a moment to be themselves and grieve, even if it means showing some emotion on the field with a jersey number of a celebration.

Have a heart NFL, leave the fines alone for a week.

By Matt Loede  |  December 21, 2009; 10:49 AM ET  | Category:  Cincinnati Bengals , Roger Goodell Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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