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Packers linebacker Quay Walker got an incredibly tiny slap on the wrist after pushing a Detroit medical staffer.
The situation looked even worse when you factor in the focus on health and safety in the aftermath of Damar Hamlin’s medical emergency.
While there was speculation the league might drop the hammer on Walker, it didn’t happen. He was only fined $13,261.
That seems like a very minor punishment for physically going after an opposing medical staffer.
Quay Walker should consider himself very lucky.
The NFL would have been more than justified in suspending Quay Walker if that’s what the league wanted to do.
You simply can’t have a player pushing an opposing medical staffer on the field. It can’t be tolerated. There are some things that are automatic read lines and that’s one of them.
That’s even truer when a guy is down and needs immediate help like Swift was at the moment.
Yet, the NFL chose to give him a very small fine when measured against his contract. His deal is for more than $13.8 million, and it’s fully guaranteed. Do we think he’ll still be able to buy dinner after losing $13,261? Seems unlikely he’ll even notice it’s gone.
While the NFL didn’t drop the hammer, someone from the Packers needs to tell Walker to chill out. Football is a passionate sport. People get fired up, but when a guy needs help, you don’t shove the trainer trying to get to him. It’s shockingly simple.