Posted September 13, 2013

Tampa Bay safety Dashon Goldson fined $30,000 for helmet-to-helmet hit

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Bucs safety Dahson Goldson has been fined $30,000 for his helmet-to-helmet hit. (NFL via Getty Images)

Bucs safety Dahson Goldson has been fined $30,000 for his helmet-to-helmet hit. (NFL via Getty Images)

Tampa Bay Buccaneers safety Dashon Goldson was fined $30,000 for his helmet-to-helmet hit on New York Jets tight end Jeff Cumberland, according to multiple reports.

Goldson was flagged on the play for a personal foul after leading with his helmet to disrupt a pass intended for Cumberland. The Jets tight end had to leave the game to receive stitches in his chin. Cumberland was considered a “defenseless” receiver on the play which led to the personal foul call.

After the game, Goldson told reporters that he can’t “play timid” and has to “play football” while the referees have a “tough job” of officiating hard hits.


2 comments
Rgillan67
Rgillan67

Bogus Comments The Replay clearly shows that Goldson had committed and the reciever dropped his head and caused the helmet to helmet contact. Complete Bogus penalty and sissy call too. Hard Hits are FOOTBALL. And this is football not golf isn't it. Oh yeah maybe not it is the NFL so soon you may be pulling the flag from his side to tackle him.

olansuddeth
olansuddeth

The Niners caught a fair amount of flack for letting Goldson go in the offseason, but things like this suggest that they know what they are doing.  The rookie Reid is perhaps a better cover guy than Goldson (remember Goldson being lost a couple of times on deep balls in the Super Bowl), is every bit as much an enforcer with hard hits... but Reid has a reputation for playing clean.  Goldson got multiple flags and fines over the past several years for dirty hits, and his unapologetic attitude after yet another dirty hit (helmet to helmet, give the guy stitches in his chin?  C'mon!) suggests that he'll continue to pile them up.