NFL notes: Bostic's fine a hypocritical one

Denver Broncos linebacker Von Miller has been suspended for six games. (REUTERS)

Denver Broncos linebacker Von Miller has been suspended for six games. (REUTERS)

JOHN CHICK, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 6:30 PM ET

If you needed evidence for this week of the frequently hypocritical world the National Football League inhibits, look no further than Wednesday’s $21,000 US fine on Chicago Bears’ rookie linebacker Jon Bostic.

During the third quarter of Chicago’s pre-season win over the Chargers last Thursday, Bostic leveled San Diego receiver Mike Willie after a short pass to the right. The force of the hit caused Willie to cough up the ball for an incomplete pass. Willie was unhurt on the play and there was no flag. It was one of those jarring hits to the chest that fans get up and yell about. Even the NFL itself felt the need to market it, placing a clip of the hit on the league’s official website, NFL.com, with a headline and caption that included the words “spectacular tackle.”

Because it’s 2013, once Bostic’s fine was announced Wednesday the Twitterverse latched onto the hypocrisy the way only Twitter can. The result was swift, the NFL’s webmasters removing the superlative faster than a Devin Hester 40-yard dash. And that bit of reaction had nothing on that from some of Bostic’s teammates.


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