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Jimmy Graham ruling shows the NFL need to get their priorities right

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So the Jimmy Graham rule has claimed it's first victim and his name is the New Orleans Saints Tight-end/ Wide Receiver Jimmy Graham.

It was announced on Friday that Graham had been fined $30,000 for his two dunk celebrations seen during the Saints pre-season match with the Tennessee Titans.

Graham has been known for the celebration especially over the last season and has resulted in the NFL outlawing the move.

Graham isn't the only one who will be effected by the ban however as Detroit Lions Receiver Calvin Johnson - who is also a regular dunker has promised not to do it this upcoming season.

It has been a very interesting off-season for the NFL, we have seen one of the biggest names in college football drafted, a team made even stronger and instantly become Super Bowl favourites and even some strange trades.

But more worryingly for the NFL, is the high number of players who have been handed four game suspensions as a result of violating the league's drug use policy.

Clearly the use of performance enhancing drugs or even illegal substances like Marijuana are a growing concern in the NFL and yet, a $30K fine is handed out for using the wrong celebration.

With so many problems to be concerned about around the league, why are the NFL looking into an issue so trivial?

We have already had a brief glimpse of what we will be getting this upcoming season in some very heated pre-season matches.

There have been high scoring games, one score games and a lot that had just a single point separating the teams.

But perhaps the biggest insight into what we can expect to see this upcoming season came in Monday's game between the Cleveland Browns and Washington Redskins.

Browns Quarterback Johnny Manziel made the headlines that night after he was seen making an obscene gesture towards the Washington bench.

Was this a sign of things to come from the rookie this season?

Either way he has given us a bigger sign that the NFL need to get their priorities right after he was fined just $12,000 for the gesture.

Yes, the league rules state that players can be fined $11,025 for their first offense and $22,050 for their second if the league feels they're warranted.

But I don't feel that that is a fair system given the fact that Manziel's offence was much more serious than Graham's.

Personally, I think it should be judged on a case by case basis but clearly the NFL wish to have penalties dished out almost instantly for unsportsmanlike conduct.

Perhaps they should swap their need for instant punishment for a more fitting punishment scheme.

In my opinion it would be better and a clear example that the NFL has their priorities right, but while they still use the same scale for everyone it will continue to be a flawed system.

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