What a crock. No suspension for Henderson? Guess it's OK to try to gouge a guy's eyeballs out. If this is what passes for discipline in the NFL, something needs to change. They are confused when they fine players with no flags thrown for a penalty, yet give the same penalty to the victim in a situation, who could have suffered a severe injury, as the guy who was trying to hurt him.
I have less and less faith by the day in the ability of Roger Goodell and the NFL to effectively govern this game.
ADDED -- 6:14 p.m. 11/7/08
According to a story on www.bengals.com, Whitworth's agent will appeal the fine. It sounds like Whitworth expected the fine, but not for Henderson to receive the same penalty as he did. I believe that is likely why they are appealing the fine. Just my observation.
I heard on 1530 Homer on the way home today that several other Bengals' players were fined for "being near the fight." I also heard that Henderson got another $5,000 tacked on for the "ilegal hands" to Whitworth's face. I'll be following up to verify these and put the information up here later.
So, if this is true, the NFL places a monetary value on Whitworth's eyes and does not send a message to other players that this type of behavior is not acceptable. Great, just great.
ADDED: 6:28 p.m. 11/7/08
ESPN story verifying extra $5,000 for "iilegal hands to the face."
Story from the Orlando Sentinel on the same topic.
The story about other Bengals being fined may have been hyperbole on the part of the host of the show on 1530 Homer.
ADDED 8:32 p.m. 11/7/08
Updated story from www.bengals.com including all earlier information and verifying that "Several other Bengals were also apparently fined for being near the fight."
This feels almost to me as if Goodell and/or the NFL has it in for the Bengals. This whole thing is absolutely ridiculous.