Bernard Pollard tweets:
So @nfl said I did "everything right" but 42k later I still get fined. Wow! It's called football but they want 2 hand touch. #TitanUp#— Bernard Pollard Jr (@Crushboy31) September 18, 2013
Less than an hour later, Mark Berman reveals:
Recall that Pollard's hit on Andre Johnson did not draw a flag (though 'Dre did suffer a concussion from his head cracking the turf after the hit). Ice Kareem's hit on Kendall Wright did draw a flag.
With the league's emphasis on player safety, I'm not surprised both hits drew a fine, though we can debate whether either or both should have resulted in fines. The amount of the fines is a bit of a surprise; $42,000.00 is hardly a slap on the wrist. In terms of Pollard, I wonder how much of it is his reputation preceding him.