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Wednesday, September 18, 2013
Kareem Jackson: $42,000 fine 'outrageous'

By Tania Ganguli

HOUSTON -- Houston Texans cornerback Kareem Jackson nearly slipped out of the locker room while reporters were occupied with defensive end J.J. Watt.

Once caught, Jackson gave his honest view on the $42,000 fine he's planning to appeal. The fine resulted from a hard hit on Titans receiver Kendall Wright.

"We’re supposed to be physical and try to knock the ball loose from the guy when they catch it in situations that you can," Jackson said. "So that’s what we get paid to do. Now you tell me you’re going to take my money for doing that? That’s my style of play. That’s how I play. I’m not trying to be a dirty player. That’s just how I play the game."

It's a frustrating exercise for Jackson, who still says he won't change how he plays. His fellow starting corner Johnathan Joseph supported that thought later to me. Joseph said he doesn't think the fines will change how defensive backs hit because they still have to play the game.

Some of Jackson's key quotes: