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Report: Eagles’ Cole fined $7,500 for cheap shot on Okung

Post by Eric Williams on Dec. 7, 2011 at 10:58 am with 26 Comments »
December 7, 2011 11:34 am

It looks like it will only cost you $7,500 to put another player on the shelf for the rest of the season.

According to Jeff McLane of the Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia defensive end Trent Cole said he was fined $7,500 by the league for his intentional slamming of Seattle Seahawks offensive tackle Russell Okung on the turf at the end of the Seahawks 31-14 victory last week. The incident resulted in Okung suffering a torn pectoral muscle and being out for the rest of the season.

For a comparison, Seattle receiver Golden Tate was fined the same amount ($7,5000) for his touchdown celebration against Washington two weeks ago.

According to the report, Cole will not appeal the fine.

“I’m not a dirty player,” he told the Inquirer. “At the time, all the stuff that led up to that, there was a lot of stuff that happened in that game. … Watch that game closely and key on Okung and key on me you’ll see what I’m talking about.”

Cole bristled at his actions being compared to Detroit defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh, who was suspended for two games after stepping on Green Bay offensive lineman Evan Dietrich-Smith’s arm after the play was over.

“They try to compare me to Suh up there,” Cole said. “You can’t compare me to that. I was in a situation.”

C’mon Cole. You were getting abused all game by Okung and then you tried to pull the man’s arm out of his socket on one of the last plays of the game after the whistle blew. Sounds a lot like Suh to me, and you’re lucky the league didn’t fine you a lot more and suspend you for at least a game. Next time you’d be better served with a no comment.

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  1. GriffinNW says:

    Of course.

    Earl Bennett get’s fined $10K for wearing different colored shoes. Trent Cole get’s $7500 for ruining Okung’s season(AFTER THE WHISTLE)…

    NFL needs to go in and fix how fines and suspensions are dished out.

  2. bird_spit says:

    Hate to say it but this crap goes on all of the time. Most of the time the player wont be injured, so no harm no foul. I would not doubt Okung was pretty aggressive all day. Nothing wrong with aggressive play.

    I would never compare this to what Suh did. What Suh did was crazy stupid. Cole was just stupid. If it happened during the play, at worst it is defensive holding.

    Hawks now know the price of physical harm for the next opportunity to play the eagles. Pay backs are sweet.

  3. This is stupidity on the highest level.

  4. Eric’s generally a pretty good politician when it comes to covering football so him commenting on how dirty this was really speaks volumes on what a dirty act Cole committed.

  5. williambryan says:

    he basically did a bodyslam. It’s shameful that he was only fined this amount when noting some of the fines that have been handed out for trivial things (Shoes, harmless celebrations, etc.)

  6. GeorgiaHawk says:

    “I would never compare this to what Suh did.”

    Say what? bird_spit?

    Both acts were cowardly, however Cole really tried to hurt Okung when he was in a defenseless position.Imo.

    Suh could have used alot more force when he pushed the players helmet to the ground and kicked him if he wanted to.

    Well at least they are not like female dogs, humping each other to show their dominance.

  7. JazBadAzz says:

    If the shoe was on the opposite foot, the national media would call for a seahawks to be suspened and labeled a dirty player, SMFH what a load of bullsh!t…

  8. It’s probably wrong of me to officially post what I think should be done to Cole.

  9. FleaFlicker says:

    Certainly, bird_spit, this kind of stuff goes on all the time (guys getting into after the whistle).

    But when the conduct involves throwing the other player to the ground, ending his season with the resultant injury, and putting him in line for six months of rehab…any sense of fairness and basic justice demands more punishment than a mosquito bite fine equivalent to 0.25% of your $2.9 million salary.

  10. We should trade for Suh and line him up against Cole the next time we play them! Or I guess, Okung will be ready for revenge by then!

  11. NFL gives the middle finger to the Hawks Once again

  12. It didn’t help our cause that the announcers completely missed Cole’s deed. Cole is admitting that he was responding to stuff Okung was doing or saying during the game. Perhaps Okung held him a few times, but that doesn’t justify what he did. I wouldn’t compare it to Suh’s actions, but it certainly qualifies for a hefty fine.

  13. what a pisser. as someone else said, this was after the whistle, and was not a football play. that’s what makes all the difference to me. and yeah, the fact that it ended a guy’s season should be taken into account. bs.

  14. C’mon man.
    This move is just like when Martin threw Jim McMahon to the turf.

    Nice job Eric.
    “C’mon Cole. You were getting abused all game by Okung and then you tried to pull the man’s arm out of his socket on one of the last plays of the game after the whistle blew. Sounds a lot like Suh to me, and you’re lucky the league didn’t fine you a lot more and suspend you for at least a game. Next time you’d be better served with a no comment.”

  15. It drives me nuts when you upload a video and the audio doesn’t stay in sync. It’s a perfect HD video on my drive.. cmon man.

    I know it’s not football but did anybody check out the Chad Reed big crash on my video channel?
    Crazy. Wash native Ryan Villapoto is in it..

  16. What’s the difference between Cole and a bucket of crap?

  17. The bucket!

  18. bird_spit says:

    Hey y’all..don’t misconstrue what wrote as any form of letting Cole have a by for his actions. I think what he did was pretty cowardly. He knew that it was after the whistle. I knew the ref would stomp on Okung if he retaliated. This wasnt some mano e mano. I sort of hope the NFL players will take care of this. The NFL union or the NFL HQ, no..the players. These guys on other teams, who were friends of Okung’s can and likely will put a bit more energy into taking out Cole. Next time Okung is able to handle Cole, there should be specific offensive plays for the QB can audible to, so that Okung can have his way with this guy. I would expect the next game with the Trent Cole team, probably the eagles, the eagles probably need to be prepared to have a replacement ready for their boy Cole. If it only costs $7500 to end a season, then I think Okung knows what to do. NFL HQ needs to be ashamed with that fine.

  19. JustaHawksGirl says:

    This whole situation just sucks! I lost a lot of respect for the NFL today. I know damn well if it had been us hurting an Eagles player our guy would have gotten fined big time with calls for his head all week on ESPN. So basically Cole doing something completely blatant with no other reasoning other than to hurt the guy because he was p*ssed they were losing and that’s equivalent to Tate’s touchdown celebration? Really? Gimme a break!

    As far as I am concerned this is worse then what Suh did. Don’t get me wrong what he was was freakin’ stupid and he deserved his punishment but what did the Pack lineman get? A bruise?

  20. SandpointHawk says:

    Can’t wait to play Philly again….

  21. Eric – You should do a feature story (your stories lately, have been great by the way) on Cole being a punk. Maybe the national media would pick up on it a bit (I’m sure Sando would link it) and more attention could be given to what a farce it is to fine Tate the same amount for doing a stupid TD celebration as it is to end someones season. It could be like a snowball…

    If this would have happened to Eli, Revis, or anyone who plays football in New Jersey it’d have been headlines all week and BAdCowardell would have been forced to potentially do something more.

  22. Someone better than me that can put the right words down. Should write a E Mail to Goodell, and tell him what we think about the BS deal of Cole.And the bias he shows to the seahawks.( Bobby K,Dukeshire)

  23. Looked like a Judo move,a Hip throw.Take them at the right elbow with your left hand.Grab anything with your right arm pull them to you then twist and turn.It’s easy

  24. I say we hire about 5 goons to the roster and have them hurt the best players on opposing teams each week by the end of the 1st quarter (cheap shot plays that may results in ejections and one 15-yard penaly each). Pretty much the same difference.

    Sure, it’d give the other team an advantage and a probable early lead, but without their best players (on their way to the hospital) they may not be any match for the rest of the game.

    If Goodell the FOOL were smart enough to realize this, he may not be opening this bag of worms and would have punished Cole appropriately.

    Where’s Ray Carruth when you need him?

  25. Dukeshire says:

    When a uniform fine is greater than an intentional act designed to injure someone, there is a problem. This fine is an insult.

    And is there any surer sign someone is a dirty player than said player stating, “Im not a dirty player”? It’s like saying, “I’m not a racist, but…”. The next words out of that persons mouth always confirm they are in fact a racist.

    Cole will get his…

  26. $7500 is just plane a slap in the face to Okung – he should file a complaint with the NFL. AS should EVER player fined $20,000 for a hit.

    they say INTENT to hurt – thats what this was

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