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Florida Times-Union reporter Michael C. Wright covers the ins and outs of the Jacksonville Jaguars. In this blog, he'll share behind-the-scenes anecdotes not published within the pages of the T-U, in addition to offering up incessant ramblings about nothing such as road trips, crummy hotels and not-so-delicious press box food. Perhaps he'll even delve into serious discussions about NFL issues. So ask questions, participate in conversations, or just learn more about the Jags.

Sunday, December 9, 2007

Spicer's $15,000 fine

A few years ago, an editor once told me that you can't judge emotion in an email.

Well, that sort of applies here in the case of Paul Spicer, who was fined $15,000 for his remarks following the Jaguars' loss to Indianapolis. The NFL fined Spicer for "publicly questioning the integrity of the officiating". Had the NFL been present - as I was - it would know that Spicer's remarks were said in jest. He was joking.

Sometimes, when you read something in a newspaper or a magazine, the quotes come across a much stronger than what was actually said at the time. I think this is the case with Spicer since I was there and heard his remarks. Basically, it seems Spicer is being made to pay $15,000 for having a sense of humor.

Two years ago, former Steelers linebacker Joey Porter had much stronger remarks about the officiating after a loss to the Colts. The league didn't fine Porter.

What do you guys think?