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pakowitz 12-11-2002 09:31 AM

Turley says he may sue NFL if Ravens' McAlister isn't fined
By Darrell Williams
Staff writer/The Times-Picayune

Saints offensive tackle Kyle Turley said Tuesday on national radio that he might sue the NFL if it does not suspend Baltimore Ravens cornerback Chris McAlister.

McAlister ripped off Saints receiver Donté Stallworth's helmet and tossed it through the end zone during a play that ended at the two-minute warning of the first half. McAlister was assessed a personal foul, and the penalty gave the Saints a first down at the Ravens' 12. New Orleans scored a touchdown on the possession.

To Turley, that was not enough. Turley was ejected from a game against the New York Jets on Nov. 1, 2001, after ripping the helmet off safety Damien Robinson and hurling it across the Superdome field. He was fined $25,000 and ordered to take anger-management courses.

"If they don't fine (McAlister) exactly what they fined me and make him go to anger management, then I definitely will sue the NFL for my money back," Turley said on ESPN Radio's "Dan Patrick Show."

Turley could not be reached for comment. Saints media relations director Greg Bensel said the team had no comment. NFL spokesman Mike Signora was aware of Turley's comments.

"On his comments on the radio show, we won't have any comments," Signora said. "But as far as Chris McAlister's actions, we won't have anything until Thursday."

Signora said the play is under review by the NFL's director of football operations, Gene Washington. Washington, who metes out punishment for rules violations, reviews plays on Mondays and Tuesdays. He informs players of suspensions and fines by fax on Wednesdays. He reports them to the league on Thursdays.

Other than for helmet-to-helmet hits, fines for personal fouls range from $5,000 to $25,000, Signora said. Severity of the action and the player's history with such contributes.

Saints coach Jim Haslett said during his Monday press conference that after McAlister threw the helmet, he asked one of the officials why the cornerback hadn't been ejected.

"He said because he didn't throw it at anyone," Haslett said.

saintfan 12-11-2002 09:58 AM

Turley says he may sue NFL if Ravens' McAlister isn't fined
He was on the Dan Patrick show on ESPN radio yesterday. He was pretty candid about it and I don\'t blame him. He see\'s a double standard ya know? I thought it was funny, he said in 5 years the NFL will be nothing more than flag football! He\'s right!

whodatsaintsfan26 12-11-2002 03:33 PM

Turley says he may sue NFL if Ravens' McAlister isn't fined
I dont think they will fine him as much as they fined Turley. What Turley did was a little more over the top than what McCallister did. I dont see anything close to the 25,000 dollar fine on this one.

whodatsaintsfan26 12-11-2002 04:27 PM

Turley says he may sue NFL if Ravens' McAlister isn't fined
I understand your point completely, but I dont think Turley has any kind of beef with the fine he was given. If I remember correctly the Saints fined Turley not the league. The league just accepted the fine and told him he had to take anger management classes. So technically he would have to sue the Saints.

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