Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Mangini gets fined $25,000

The NFL came down on Eric Mangini Wednesday for his role in keeping Brett Favre's condition a secret last year when Mangini was the Jets head coach and Favre played injured the last month of the season. Mangini was fined $25,000.

Before the fine was announced Mangini would only say, "It's a league matter." and dropped the subject.

What happened is this: Favre suffered a torn biceps tendon at some point in November. Last week, as Favre and the Minnesota Vikings were getting ready to play the Browns, Favre said he made Jets officials aware of the injury. He did not miss a game, but the league concluded Favre should have been listed on the injury report, even if it was "probable," a classification indicating the player has a 75 percent chance of playing.

Mangini said he always followed league guidelines pertaining to the injury report. The league didn't see it that way. The total fine was $125,000 - $75,000 for the team, $25,000 for Jets general manager Mike Tannenbaum and $25,000 for Mangini.

No one can remember another time a fine followed a coach to another team, but it was the right decision and basically a slap on the wrist. The league could have taken away draft choices.

I've always thought that should happen in college football; if a coach moves to another school and it is discovered he did something underhanded to put his previous college team on probation the punishment should follow him. As it is the new coach gets punished for something he had no part in.


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