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Commissioner: Stop the violence or face consequences

Updated: November 3, 2002, 1:27 PM ET
ESPN.com news services

NEW YORK -- NFL commissioner Paul Tagliabue sent a letter to all coaches putting them on notice to end the illegal hits that resulted in $125,000 in fines to two players last week.

As part of the league's crackdown on on-field violence, Tagliabue sent the memo Friday after a long discussion of hits on receivers and quarterbacks at league meetings in New York on Wednesday and Thursday. The letter informs coaches of the discussion and asks them to reinforce the league's position on helmet-to-helmet ...

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