Woodson fine challenges logic of NFL discipline

One of the more curious subplots coming out of Week 1 surrounded Packers CB/Obama bestie Charles Woodson, whom the NFL reportedly fined $10,000 for throwing a punch at Saints TE David Thomas in Thursday night’s Kickoff game.

Forget for a moment that a $10,000 fine to Woodson (who’s scheduled to make $7 million this season) is the equivalent of us dropping a nickel down a sewer drain. The bigger question is, how did Woodson get off so easy for what amounted to a prize-fight uppercut?

NFL Network insider Jason La Canfora wonders the same thing.

“I know Woodson may not have a history with this kind of stuff, much less a deep history, and that’s always a huge factor in these decisions,” La Canfora wrote in Thursday’s NFL.com Instant Debate. “But for those who claim a double standard in some of these circumstances, well, they’ll use this as fodder for their argument, rightly or wrongly.”

La Canfora believes an ejection and fine of $25,000 — or more — was in order.

We can’t disagree with him here — the discipline level begs for second-guessing. Even the NFL’s official league discipline guide, coincidentally released Thursday, says a first offense for fighting is worth a minimum wallet-grab of $25,000.

The logical conclusion is the league fined Woodson for unsportsmanlike conduct ($10,000 is the minimum for that offense), working under the theory that Thomas’ decision not to return fire meant there wasn’t a fight. Which possibly uncovers an underground world to which we never were supposed to have access. The first rule of NFL Fight Club is you don’t talk about NFL Fight Club.

Meatloaf is coming for us.

— Dan Hanzus

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