San Francisco 49ers linebacker Ahmad Brooks will appeal the $15,750 fine he received from the NFL for his illegal hit against New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees, according to Chris Mortensen of ESPN.
The seven-year veteran also won’t accept any money from ESPN NFL analyst Ray Lewis, who offered to pay half the fine as a sign of solidarity among NFL players past and present and protest against what he deemed an unfair assessment. The NFL has been unwavering in its quest to protect signal-callers, and though the hit was borderline, it’s easy to see why it was deemed illegal.
Brooks may not have a choice in the matter, however. Lewis was defiant on allowing Brooks to spurn his offer when he spoke to ESPN’s Adam Schefter on Wednesday:
“I will see Ahmad on Monday and I will have a check in hand for half of the fine.”
It may turn out to be a fruitless endeavor on Lewis’ part since the NFL has specific rules which prohibit players from accepting money to pay their fines. Policing such a regulation, though, will prove difficult since it would be nearly impossible for the league to monitor the situation closely enough to prove any formal exchange of funds took place.
Given the high-profile nature of the incident and subsequent coverage, it’s hard to imagine that Lewis or anyone else will actually go through with paying Brooks.
It’s a situation worth monitoring at the very least.
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