The Seattle Seahawks and coach Pete Carroll were fined a total of $300,000 by the NFL on Tuesday and forced to give up two minicamp practices in 2015. The punishment stemmed from a violation of the no-contact rules that are in place for certain offseason workouts. The question now is how the Seahawks got caught.
Remember the fight that broke out involving Richard Sherman during Seattle’s practice back in June? Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk reports that the NFLPA began investigating after TV footage showed the altercation. The NFLPA asked the Seahawks to turn over all video of their offseason practices for review.
The fight that Sherman was at the center of started when wide receiver Bryan Walters made a diving catch on the sideline and injured his shoulder. Several offensive players felt that safety Earl Thomas made too much contact with Walters and caused him to lose his balance.
The NFLPA concluded that the practice where the fight broke out was “way too aggressive” and that coaches were “coaching contact.” After reviewing the footage, the league apparently agreed and handed out the punishment.
I’m sure Carroll and the Seahawks aren’t the only ones doing this, but the situation is a reminder that someone is always watching with the technology we have available these days. Even a seemingly minor dust-up can lead to much larger problems.