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November 25, 2011

Munnerlyn fined for message on cleats

Panthers cornerback Captain Munnerlyn said this week he was fined $5,000 for having too much blue in his cleats. But a league spokesman said today the fine was for displaying a personal message written on the shoes.

Munnerlyn said he planned to appeal the fine. Panthers running back Jonathan Stewart said he was fined for a shoes infraction earlier this season, but had the fine reduced on appeal.

Special teams player Josh Vaughan was fined $7,500 for his horse collar tackle at the end of Lions punt returner Stefan Logan's 16-yard run-back in the third quarter. Vaughan said earlier this week he hoped he wouldn't be fined, but thought Logan would have scored had he not tackled him.

Detroit DE Cliff Avril was not fined for his horse-collar tackle on DeAngelo Williams' 32-yard, fourth-quarter reception. Avril was penalized on the play, although Panthers coach Ron Rivera said it was hard to tell whether Avril had grabbed Williams' collar or his dreadlocks.

“It's tough to say because of those long, flowing locks that you see,” Rivera said. “The way DeAngelo went down you would assume it was a horse collar.”

--Joseph Person


Posted by Observer Sports on November 25, 2011 at 02:11 PM | Permalink


How does one guy get fined for a horse collar and not the other?

Posted by: Mike | Nov 25, 2011 3:00:32 PM

I am sick and tired as a fan to watch roger goodell fine people for ridicolous things.....you make rules for them to be broken. Where is the money going? why treat some teams differently than others? I think its unfair! Why cant we fine the refs for bad calls or calls that werent called. Favortism has got to stop!!!!!! The game is getting destroyed by a money hungry person. before you know it roger goodell will fine us fans. Ladies and gents we have to start a petition towards him or he'll continue to take advantage of us and the players! For crying out loud jeremy shockey has yet to get a response for that bogus offensive pass interference that cost us a game along with many that has wondered many people that the games are fixed. please help jesus!

Posted by: erich | Nov 25, 2011 3:26:15 PM

I think players should be fined for horse-collar tackles. The problem is when the NFL is inconsistent. When two players commit the same infraction, how does one get fined and another go unpunished?

Posted by: Nate | Nov 25, 2011 5:03:29 PM

the nfl is a freaking joke, all these fines for silly reasons

Posted by: panther nationm | Nov 25, 2011 5:21:06 PM

It's my league and I'll do what I want. Take it or I'll take my ($ billion) ball and go home!

Posted by: roger | Nov 25, 2011 7:51:56 PM

Players should be fined for haing hair hanging below the shoulder pads. Men need to start looking like men not girls.

Posted by: shots956 | Nov 26, 2011 5:55:19 PM

I agree with shots. The NFL needs to do something about all this hair outside the helmets. Hair length should not be allowed to cover the name on the jersey. Frankly, the hair should be in a net and tucked into the helmet!

Posted by: SC ken | Nov 27, 2011 9:41:27 AM

What did the message say on his cleats?

Posted by: Matthew | Nov 28, 2011 12:31:23 AM

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