Steelers LB Terence Garvin Likely To Get Fine Reduced Due To CBA Rule On Excessive Amount

On Wednesday, a report surfaced that Pittsburgh Steelers rookie linebacker Terence Garvin has been fined $25,000 for his Sunday night hit on Cincinnati Bengals punter Kevin Huber.  Being as Garvin only makes roughly $23,823.00 a week, he will likely appeal it and get it reduced down to 5955.75.

In case you are curious, the CBA has rules in place that restricts fines to a percentage of the weekly pay that a player earns.

Here’s the rule, from Article 46 of the Collective Bargaining Agreement:

“On appeal, a player may assert, among other defenses, that any fine should be reduced because it is excessive when compared to the player’s expected earnings for the season in question. However, a fine may be reduced on this basis only if it exceeds 25 percent of one week of a player’s salary for a first offense, and 50 percent of one week of a player’s salary for a second offense. A player may also argue on appeal that the circumstances do not warrant his receiving a fine above the amount stated in the schedule of fines.”

Garvin will appeal and should easily have the fine lowered.

  • Dale

    Maybe punters and kickers should have to wear special jerseys to indicate that they are defenseless at all times. It’s easy to make a joke about what color the jersey should be, but I’m semi-serious in thinking that in the heat of the moment it might be too much to ask players to keep track of exactly who it is they’re blocking.

  • Elijah Stevenson

    N ot surprised this has been happening all year.

  • HopalongCassidy

    Punters and kickers should not be allowed to make tackles if they are defenseless players after they have kicked and play continues. They should just kick and get out of the way or off of the field. If they get in the way or make a tackle, they should be fined. How’s that for fairness ?

  • WilliamSekinger

    I do agree with this. Giving the speed of the NFL, players can hardly be expected to stop and check jersey numbers and decide that this player or that player does or doesn’t have special protection. I vote for pink, with white tassels 🙂

  • george

    If they can’t be hit…they shouldn’t be allowed to be involved with the play after kicking the ball. That’s the easiest way to solve this.

  • AndyR34

    Wrong!! Just change the rule to one that states that no one is allowed to be hit around the head or neck. That way there are no exceptions.

  • 2443scott

    if thats the case then why did nfl fine at 25 grand just shows how they are take a guys whole pay pluse make him pay more out pocket

  • Steve

    On a extra points or field goals you might have half the team wearing them “SPECIAL” Jerseys. The center can’t get hit, the QB who holds the ball can’t get hit, the kicker can’t get hit, the WR can’t get hit. Sorry – no way Dale!