What Incognito did was less clear, and without taking Smith’s word for it, the league didn’t find evidence that produced a fine for Incognito. Smith, meanwhile, got hit with a $21,000 penalty.
It’s an example of how retaliating can get you in trouble while being the primary offender doesn’t.
I wrote early this week about how it’s more complicated than it appears.
But I admit I’m surprised Incognito got nothing.
Smith said he’d appeal his fine, and that review is heard by either Art Shell or Ted Cottrell, who were jointly appointed by and are jointly compensated by the NFL and NFLPA.