After a week’s worth of debate and deliberation, the NFL finally handed down its punishment to Brandon Marshall and Darian Stewart following their hits on Cam Newton late in Sunday’s game. The NFL settled on $24K and $18K fines respectively.
The #Broncos fines are coming in: More than $18K for S Darian Stewart & more than $24K for LB Brandon Marshall for hits on Cam Newton
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) September 14, 2016
The fine amount is relatively small, making up just .008% of Marshall’s yearly pay, but it’s not out of the ordinary for illegal use of helmet penalties. Marshall and Stewart are expected to appeal.
Brandon Marshall, Darian Stewart “absolutely” will appeal their fines for illegal hits on Cam Newton https://t.co/r67y4kV6iB
— ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) September 15, 2016
The penalty comes in the heat of a contested debate about player safety in the NFL. And it also sparked plenty of Twitter reactions, and not-so-great looks for the NFL as a whole. The league has responded to situations like this differently in the past, and most of the conversation of the past week has stemmed on whether Cam is getting different treatment from the rest of the QBs in the league.
— NFL Update (@MySportsUpdate) September 14, 2016
Twitter certainly got its two cents in, and I doubt we’ve heard the end of this.