Tennessee Titans safety Bernard Pollard has criticised the NFL after he was fined $42,000 for a hit on Houston Texans wide receiver Andre Johnson last Sunday.
Pollard received the fine after not being penalised for the play on the field and suggested that the punishment may have come about because of his reputation.
His fine was the same as that handed out to Texans cornerback Kareem Jackson for a targeted helmet-to-helmet shot on Titans wide receiver Kendall Wright with Jackson flagged for unnecessary roughness.
Reflecting on the two fines, Pollard said "it would have been bad" if he had done the same as Jackson, suggesting he would have been suspended or handed a six-figure fine.
The 28-year-old has been fined numerous times during his career and asked whether his reputation precedes him in cases like this he said: "I guess, I don't know.
"I was surprised, but at the same time, guys around the locker room kind of warned me about the person that I am and the history that I have."
Pollard will be appealing the fine and was clearly unhappy claiming that he did not actually do anything wrong despite the fact that Johnson suffered a concussion and did not finish the game.
"They said I did everything right," Pollard said of the NFL.
"But he was a defenseless receiver, I guess. The bad part of it is, for us as players, for the fans, for the coaches, for the refs, there's a lot of gray area.
"So they don't know what to call and what not to call. There's no call and now you come back and fine me $42,000 for a play that was legal.
"Flag football, that's what they want. For us as players, it stinks. Our intent is to play football, to protect the field behind us.
"Nobody's intention was to hurt (Johnson). Nobody wanted a concussion. We hope he's OK.
"But like I said, if you don't want us to play defense, don't call us defense. Take us off the field. Just let them go against air. Let's see what that does to the ratings."
Pollard let fans know he had been fined on Twitter on Wednesday morning writing: "So @nfl said I did "everything right" but 42k later I still get fined. Wow! It's called football but they want 2 hand touch. #TitanUp#".
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