Sep 16, 2012; Seattle, WA, USA; Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Golden Tate (81) jumps up and makes a reception against the Dallas Cowboys during the 1st half at CenturyLink Field. Mandatory Credit: Steven Bisig-US PRESSWIRE

Golden Tate Fined For Hit On Sean Lee

According to Ian Rapoport of, Golden Tate has been informed that he will be fined for his massive block of Dallas Cowboy Linebacker Sean Lee.

The fact that Tate was fined is likely to upset some Seahawk fans, but to me it seems like the right thing to do with the way the rules are written. It wasn’t intentional by any means, but Tate’s helmet did come into contact with Lee’s helmet, and all helmet to helmet collisions of that type will warrant a fine in today’s NFL.

What I do disagree with in the report is the suggestion that the fine will likely be $21,000 for a “blindside” hit. Tate’s hit was not, in any way, a blind side hit. He came from beside Lee, and was able to get his full body in front of Lee and then come back into Lee’s body for the big hit. I’ve seen the play from every angle available, and it simply just does not fit the rule for hitting a “defenseless” player, or for hitting a player in the “blindside.”

Instead, I believe that the only concern here is the helmet to helmet contact. As I said above, it was unintentional. Tate definitely seemed to try and go low and hit Lee in the chest. He even said so after the game, but there are definitely views in which the back of Tate’s helmet is clearly in contact with Lee’s facemask.

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  • Hawk_Eye

    If you take the hitting out of football, is it really football? We used to take pride into being a rough and tough nation. We are now turning into a nation of wimps.

    • 12thMan_Rising

      There are 2 major issues here: 1) the game is hurt financially when it’s stars aren’t playing since less people watch. The league has to protect it’s product by protecting it’s players. 2) lawsuits from former players about the number of injuries threaten to cripple the league. The NFL has had to take action to limit the number of injuries before it was killed from the inside.