NFL veterans Champ Bailey and Derrick Mason wouldn’t have a problem with the NFL lightening the pocketbooks of 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh and Lions coach Jim Schwartz following their instantly infamous post-handshake
fight … hmmm … scuffle.
While Harbaugh and Schwartz avoided repercussions from the NFL office, Bailey and Mason believe the coaches should have been fined for their actions.
Bailey, a 13-year veteran, called it an “inconsistent” decision by the league.
“What if that was a player? How would (the NFL) react to that?,” the Broncos cornerback asked on “NFL Total Access” on Thursday. “These are supposed to be the leaders of our team(s), and you let them get away with it, so to speak, and now how do you think the players will start acting? I like it personally, but I just know how the NFL operates today, it’s amazing to me they let this slide.”
Mason agreed that had the same incident involved players, the league wouldn’t have hesitated to punish them.
“I think they should have (been fined), because these are the leaders of your team,” the Texans wide receiver said. “I think the NFL should have slapped them with some type of fine, $5,000 or $10,000 here or there, to at least show them they have to be responsible for what they do on the field.”
While Harbaugh and Schwartz got their names written on the blackboard, at least we now know chest-bumping doesn’t constitute fighting. In hindsight, perhaps Cortland Finnegan and Andre Johnson could have tried to knock each other out with their chests instead of their fists.