On Wednesday, a report surfaced that Pittsburgh Steelers rookie linebacker Terence Garvin has been fined $25,000 for his Sunday night hit on Cincinnati Bengals punter Kevin Huber. Being as Garvin only makes roughly $23,823.00 a week, he will likely appeal it and get it reduced down to 5955.75.
In case you are curious, the CBA has rules in place that restricts fines to a percentage of the weekly pay that a player earns.
Here’s the rule, from Article 46 of the Collective Bargaining Agreement:
“On appeal, a player may assert, among other defenses, that any fine should be reduced because it is excessive when compared to the player’s expected earnings for the season in question. However, a fine may be reduced on this basis only if it exceeds 25 percent of one week of a player’s salary for a first offense, and 50 percent of one week of a player’s salary for a second offense. A player may also argue on appeal that the circumstances do not warrant his receiving a fine above the amount stated in the schedule of fines.”
Garvin will appeal and should easily have the fine lowered.