The Arizona Cardinals have reportedly fined defensive lineman Darnell Dockett $200,000 for his role in an argument with teammate Kerry Rhodes last week against the New York Jets.
According to ESPN, the substantial fine stems from Dockett refusing to go along with a coach’s decision to allow the Jets to score late in the game so the Cardinals could get the ball back and go for the tying touchdown.
Dockett argued with teammate Kerry Rhodes over the call and later the Cardinals coaching staff.
A source said Dockett’s actions during the disagreement were so over-the-top it rubbed almost everyone on the Arizona team the wrong way.
It all became pointless, however, when Shonn Greene of the Jets purposely downed the ball, allowing the clock to run out and securing a 7-6 victory for his team.
It was initially reported by ESPN that Dockett, who apologized Wednesday, spit on Rhodes during the on-field altercation, but those claims have since been dismissed.
“Yes, we had a disagreement on the field but, no he did NOT spit in my face,” Rhodes said in an email released by the team Tuesday. “I’m not going to get into all the details because I think those are things you keep within the team. But Darnell and I talked after the game, we’re both moving on and I’ll leave it at that.”
Dockett, 31, indicated in a tweet Friday night that he was appealing through the players’ union.
“Thank God for the @nflpa that’s all I got to say… ‘I ain’t got no worries’.”
John Clayton discusses the Cardinals’ decision to fine Darnell Dockett in the video below: