Teammates Chipping In For McClain’s Fine

The former undrafted free agent faces a hefty fine. Also, Ngata will appeal fine.

Posted by Mike Duffy on Thursday, December 9th, 2010 at 3:10 pm | Categories: Mike Duffy

It wasn’t just Ravens Head Coach John Harbaugh’s eyes that opened in surprise when he found out linebacker Jameel McClain was fined $40,000 by the NFL.

McClain’s teammates were similarly shocked, and according to fellow linebacker Ray Lewis, a collection plate might be passed around the locker room.
“I told him I might try to help him” said Lewis. “But that’s a rough one.
“Forty thousand is $40,000, so we can do whatever we gotta do for him. We’ll definitely help him out.”

As has been covered ad nauseum, McClain had a bone-rattling collision with Pittsburgh Steelers tight end Heath Miller last Sunday, which resulted in a concussion for Miller and a major hit to McClain’s wallet.

As much as the NFL is trying to educate players on legal and illegal hits, Lewis said the line is fuzzy.

McClain’s hit did not receive a penalty flag.

“Even when I saw the hit, I’m like, ‘Good hit,’” Lewis said.  “Not that you want to see somebody on the ground like that, but I’m saying, ‘Good hit.’  And then in the next two days, you hear $40,000, you’re like, ‘Wow. For real? For a hit?’”

Still, Lewis is tired of talking about fines, because he believes there will be no change in the NFL’s policy.

“I think guys just have to keep moving on because they have a plan in play right now, and they’re going to execute it, from what they’ve shown,” Lewis said.  “It don’t matter what you say, what you try to do.  If you deal with it long enough, you’re going to drive yourself crazy. Play the game, have fun and hopefully, those things don’t come your way.”

Can the venerable 15-year veteran help bring about a change?

“I don’t know,” he continued.  “I don’t sit in those meeting rooms when they’re making those decisions. I would love to, I would really love to see how they actually judge fines or whatever, but like I said, it’s just too much to think about.”

Meanwhile, defensive tackle Haloti Ngata plans to appeal the $15,000 fine he received for hitting quarterback Ben Roethlisberger’s helmet with his hand, a shot that broke
Roethlisberger’s nose.

“We haven’t filed it yet, but we will,” Ngata said.

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