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Titans FS Michael Griffin Fined $21,000 For Hit Vs Vikings
The NFL fined Titans safety Michael Griffin $21,000 on Tuesday for unnecessary roughness, a sideline hit on Vikings wide receiver Michael Jenkins in Sunday’s 30-7 loss to the Vikings. The Titans were penalized 15 yards on the play, when Griffin led with his helmet while making the hit.
Fans have criticized Griffin for not being more aggressive. Last week, Titans defensive coordinator Jerry Gray said he wanted his players to be more physical without worrying about fines.
“It is easy for everybody to say ‘take the shot.’ But how easy is it to come out of my pocket?” Griffin said. “It is one of those deals where I am a dumb (expletive) if I don’t make the hit, and I am a dumb (expletive) if I do and get penalized and fined. If I don’t take the hit, fans and everybody else is pissed off. If I do, it comes out of my wallet. So it’s a no-win situation.”
Griffin can’t help but wonder what might happen if he is fined again.
“The fine could double, or you could get a one-game suspension if the league thinks you didn’t learn your lesson,” Griffin said. “It puts you in a tough spot. But you just have to play and try not to worry about it.”
Source: The Tennessean
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