Kareem Jackson talks about his $42K fine
Kareem Jackson’s pockets are a little lighter this week.
Jackson was fined $42,000 for his hit on Kendall Wright in the fourth quarter of Sunday's game and will appeal the fine.
“It’s a huge number. It’s a huge number,” Jackson said after practice on Wednesday. "It’s outrageous. I don’t know. So, hey, can’t do nothing but appeal it.
“I will never understand a $42,000 fine for a hit. Never. I mean, the guy got up. He was OK. So I’ll never understand that regardless of the situation or the hit so I mean, that’s how I feel about it.”
Jackson said he hopes to get back some – if not all – of his money. He added that this is the biggest fine that has been levied upon him.
“I would,” Jackson said when asked if he would make the same play again. “I’m a defensive player. That’s our job. We’re supposed to be physical and try to knock the ball loose from the guy when they catch it in situations that they can. That’s what we get paid to do. Now you’re telling me you’re gonna 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.”
Jackson admitted that it’s tough to know what is legal and what isn’t in today’s NFL. The league has made a stance to limit dangerous plays, but it has made playing defensive back much more difficult.
“It’s a bang-bang play,” fellow corner Johnathan Joseph said. “It’s hard to say what’s legal and what’s not legal.”
Jackson said he won’t let fines change the way he plays. He takes pride in being a physical defensive player.
“When I’m out there, I’m not thinking of no fine. I’m not,” he said. “That’s my style of play. I pride myself on being physical out there. I want to let receivers know that I’m out there. I’ma be out here on this corner. You come out here, you gonna feel it.”