Seattle Seahawks receiver Golden Tate has been fined $21,000 by the NFL for his blindside, crackback block of Cowboys’ linebacker Sean Lee during Sunday’s 27-7 Seahawks victory, ESPN Dallas reported on Wednesday.
The hit knocked Lee out of the game for six plays, but he was healthy enough to return to the game (following a sideline examination by team doctors) and tie the Cowboys’ single game franchise record with 21 tackles.
The fine wasn’t much of a surprise for anyone, including the Dallas brass. Owner and general manager Jerry Jones said shortly after the game that he was expecting the hit, which saw Tate launch into Lee head- and forearm-first, to grab the attention of league offices.
Tate was not penalized at the time of the hit, however.
"Crackback hits, that's not a definition of toughness," Lee said this week. "A definition of toughness is hitting, squaring up, being able to do your job as hard as you can every single play. That's at least what I believe. Anybody can crackback block."