Goldson fined a "pretty signifcant number" for hit on Cumberland
Bucs safety Dashon Goldson said he was fined a "pretty significant" amount for his hit on Jets tight end Jeff Cumberland Sunday.
Goldson received a personal foul penalty for the hit, when he leaped and lead with his shoulder in striking Cumberland high. Cumberland, who was in mid-air trying to catch a pass down the field, was considered a "defenseless receiver," which is why the hit drew a flag.
Goldson said Sunday, and still believes, the hit was clean. When asked if the fine was "justified," Goldson was diplomatic.
"The refs have a tough job, they got to call it like they see it," Goldson said. "But I got to play it, I got to play football."
And Goldson won't change how he plays.
"I play the game to win, I can't play timid," Goldson said. "If I play timid, then it's a touchdown, I'm the last man of defense mostly."
"The game is tough as it is, and then you got to go ahead and think about what's a clean hit and what's a dirty hit. It is what it is, and we'll get to that when it's time for it."
Though Goldson didn't want to reveal exactly how much the hit cost him, he made it clear it wasn't the size of Lions DT Ndamakung Suh's $100,000 fine for going low on a Vikings lineman Sunday.
"No," Goldson said, smiling. "Definitely not."