The New York Giants and Philadelphia Eagles hate each other. That's an indisputable fact. It's also for that reason no one was surprised when Giants safety Antrel Rolle – one of the most emotional players on the team – and Eagles offensive tackle King Dunlap got into a bit of a skirmish in week 17.
What was surprising, however, is that the skirmish turned into an actual fight with fists flying in every direction. A fight which ended after Dunlap bumped an official to the ground.
Ejections were expected, but order was restored and each player was flagged for a personal foul, unnecessary roughness. The penalties were offsetting and business returned to normal. Until the NFL got a look at the tape, that is.
In one of their more "slap on the wrist" punishments of the season, the league decided to fine Rolle and Dunlap to the tune of $7,875 – one of the more insignificant sums we've seen issued this year.
By comparison, safety Kenny Phillips was fined $30,000 by the NFL for his week two hit on Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Vincent Jackson. The hit was clean, and eventually overturned, but it's hard to understand the league's justification. The incident between Rolle and Dunlap was relatively violent by NFL fights standards, yet the fine was only $7,875 a piece.
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