In a recent turn of events, Detroit Lions' wide receiver Amon-Ra St. Brown has come into the spotlight, not for his on-field heroics but for a significant fine levied against him by the NFL. The league fined St. Brown a hefty $43,709 for a play deemed as an impermissible use of the helmet/launching during the Lions' Week 11 showdown against the Chicago Bears.
This development has sparked considerable debate, especially considering the financial implications for the player. During the discussed play, St. Brown, in a move to block, lowered his head slightly before initiating contact.
This action, according to NFL rules, warranted the substantial fine. However, St. Brown has challenged this decision, announcing his intention to appeal the fine on a podcast hosted with his brother, Equanimeous St. Brown.
Here’s a zoomed-in/slowed-down clip of the play that led to Amon-Ra St.
Brown’s $43,709 fine. Right or wrong — and many players have made clear they feel it’s the latter — this is what the NFL is looking for and the fines keep coming. pic.twitter.com/78d6poBXuJ — Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) November 26, 2023
Brown's Financial Strain
Expressing his astonishment at the fine, St. Brown highlighted the financial burden such a penalty imposes on players not on the higher end of the pay scale. "Guys, I play in the NFL, I make money, but I don’t make nearly as much as some of these other players do.
$43k is a lot," he remarked. The wide receiver even compared the fine's impact to purchasing a high-end vehicle like a Tesla, emphasizing the fine's weight on his financials. Interestingly, St. Brown revealed that his team's coaching staff had actually praised the block during their film review session.
He recalled the coach highlighting his effort as exemplary, a stark contrast to the league's interpretation of the play. The podcast, which also featured University of Michigan’s running back Blake Corum and broached topics like NFL officiating, provided a platform for St.
Brown to further discuss the situation. Addressing the media, he acknowledged the need to adjust his technique to avoid such penalties in the future, specifically focusing on not using his head in blocks. Yet, St. Brown also raised an important point regarding the scaling of fines in relation to players' salaries.
He suggested that while players must adhere to the rules, the financial penalties should perhaps be more proportionate to their earnings. This statement opens a broader conversation about the fairness and impact of financial penalties in professional sports, especially for players who don't command the top salaries in the league.
As St. Brown navigates through this appeal process, his situation sheds light on the complexities and challenges athletes face concerning league regulations and financial implications. His case will undoubtedly be closely watched, not just by his peers but by the wider sports community, as it may set a precedent for how similar incidents are handled in the future.