NFL overturns Dashon Goldson’s suspension

Sep 15, 2013; Tampa, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers free safety Dashon Goldson (38) defends New Orleans Saints tight end Jimmy Graham (80) during the game at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rob Foldy-USA TODAY Sports

Following his second helmet-to-helmet hit in as many games this season, the NFL suspended Tampa Bay Buccaneers safety for one game. His first helmet-to-helmet hit on New York Jets tight end Jeff Cumberland resulted in a $30,000 fine.

His one game suspension was reduced to a $100,000 fine.

From the NFL:

Matt Birk, the hearing officer in the appeal of Dashon Goldson of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers of his one-game suspension, has reduced the discipline to a $100,000 fine.

Birk is jointly appointed and compensated by the NFL and NFL Players Association to hear and decide appeals for on-field player discipline.

Goldson was suspended for one game without pay on Monday by NFL Vice President of Football Operations Merton Hanks for a flagrant and repeat violation of the rule prohibiting helmet-to-helmet hits against defenseless players.

Birk also upheld the $30,000 fine issued to Goldson for a Week 1 violation of player safety rules in a game against the New York Jets.

We’ll see if this larger dollar amount is enough to deter Goldson from making helmet-to-helmet hits in the future.

Topics: Dashon Goldson, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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