Asante Samuel was fined $40,000 for what the league determined was a helmet-to-helmet hit on a defenseless receiver. Samuel popped Giants wide receiver Derek Hagan in the Eagles 27-17 win Sunday.
Samuel told reporters that the fine was originally going to be $50,000 before head coach Andy Reid intervened and convinced the league to drop it by $10,000. Reid has been relatively outspoken, by his standards, on the hit. Immediately following the game, Reid said it didn’t look like a penalty to him.
“I know Asante got called on one, but I have to go back and take a peak at that,” Reid said. “It looked like it was a shoulder to me. I had my glasses checked during the bye week, but I might need to get them checked again. It looked like it was a shoulder, but I’m probably wrong.”
The following day, Reid still didn’t think it was a dirty hit or fine-worthy.
“I thought he led with his shoulder – I mean literally came in sideways on him,” Reid said. “And their heads probably hit somewhere in there. I mean, they probably hit, but Asante, I know Asante, and Asante’s not throwing his head in there and doing all of that, that’s not his deal. He came in thinking shoulder and Asante’s not a head-hunting type guy, that’s not what he does.”
Samuel was frustrated by the fine, calling the league “haters.”
Take a look at the video below and vote on whether or not Samuel deserved a fine.
Samuel also expressed his displeasure with Deion Sanders, who stopped a step short of calling Samuel the best cornerback in the league. Instead, Sanders called him the best “off-corner.” Samuel Tweeted about it this morning. ”@DeionSanders is the biggest hater in the world. He ain’t no real FL boy he is a fake. FL boys keep it real. Men lie women lie numbers don’t,” Samuel said on his account (@Thepresidentcb).