[UPDATE] Ernie Sims Fined $50k for Big Hit

Ernie Sims is a Tallahassee native who stood out at North Florida Christian High School and starred in 3 seasons at FSU before being drafted by the Detroit Lions and traded this offseason to Philadelphia.

** UPDATE 11-4-2010 4:10 **

Philadelphia, PA (AP) - Philadelphia Eagles linebacker Ernie Sims on
Thursday called his $50,000 fine by the NFL "outrageous," and
said he planned to appeal.
Sims, a five-year veteran, was docked Wednesday for a hit on
Tennessee wide receiver Lavelle Hawkins in the second quarter of
the Eagles' 37-19 loss to the Titans on Oct. 24. According to a
league statement, Sims was guilty of "unnecessarily striking a
defenseless receiver in the neck and head area with his forearms."
"I really, really hate the fact that I got fined $50,000," he
said. "I don't care how much money you make, that's a ton of
money, money I worked hard for my whole life. Just for anybody to
take it away from me for something that I do on the field, I just
think it's crazy. But this is the league that I play in and I've
got to respect that, so I'm just going to go out there and keep
playing football."

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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NEW YORK (AP) -- Eagles linebacker Ernie Sims has been fined $50,000 for striking a defenseless receiver in the Eagles game with the Titans on Oct. 24.
It's the first large fine handed out by the NFL since it sent a video to the 32 teams emphasizing what hits would bring big fines and possible suspensions.
Sims is a repeat offender, having been fined twice for
unnecessary roughness, on Dec. 28, 2008 and on Sept. 13, 2009, both while with the Detroit Lions.
The fine was issued by NFL executive vice president of football operations Ray Anderson, who told Sims that "further offenses will result in an escalation of fines up to and including suspension."

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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