"Repeat offender" Trueblood fined $25,000 by NFL
Bucs RT Jeremy Trueblood has been assessed a $25,000 fine by the NFL for his latest unnecessary roughness penalty, assessed last Sunday at Carolina.
The size of this fine, which might seem severe given the minor infraction, is the result of Trueblood being viewed as a repeat offender by the league office. This was Trueblood's fourth fine this season and comes on the heels of at least four fines assessed in 2008. Previously in 2009, he was fined twice for unnecessary roughness and once for unsportsmanlike conduct.
His run-ins are drawing the ire of not just the league office, but his own team. Coach Raheem Morris suggested this week that Trueblood had better play smarter or it could cost him playing time. After Sunday's penalty, which caused the Bucs to settle for a long field goal, Morris momentarily yanked Trueblood out of the game.
As with any player fine, Trueblood may appeal the penalty.