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Interesting topic today as the news comes in about Favre's fine for the infamous text. $50,000 to a player of his caliber is a drop in the bucket. He makes something like $11k for every minute of play! Is this fine really fair?
A little closer to home, Finnegan and Johnson were fined the same flat amount for their scuffle in Week 13 but unless they have the same contracts, one's (guessing Finny's) pockets were hit deeper than the other. Neither have the same millions as Brett so $25k is probably harder to take - but does it punish the right person?
So this begs the question, why not make fines proportional to the player's team contact? I know one reason: hearing, "Brett Favre was fined .3% of his annual salary today for a text message" doesn't have the same scandalous ring and "real life" impact as "$50,000" but there has to be a better reason than that.
I know the League doesn't profess "equal fault equal punishment" but should it? Do you think the flat fines are fair? Got more ideas as to why they're not fining proportionally? Looking forward to your thoughts.
This post was edited by LauraMcKay on 12/29/2010 at 1:35 PM
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