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Barnett Talks Fines and Safety on Twitter

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The veteran linebacker dances around fairness and double standards for defensive players—but avoids saying anything that could get him fined

Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Nick Barnett took to Twitter yesterday in response to chatter about NFL fines.

The league dished out $321,750 in fines for week one, $100,000 of which came straight from the pocket of Ndamukong Suh (a repeat offender) as punishment for a low block on Vikings center John Sullivan. In total, 19 players were fined—16 defensive players and three offensive players. Washington's DeAngelo Hall was docked $20,000 for a horse-collar tackle on DeSean Jackson.

Here's what Barnett had to say:

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>People are so gun Ho about having someone lose there week of pay really!!?? Would you like to lose yours!!!??? <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23ThinkAboutIt&amp;src=hash">#ThinkAboutIt</a></p>&mdash; NickBarnett (@NickBarnett) <a href="https://twitter.com/NickBarnett/statuses/379733544333234176">September 16, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>How would you feel if you lost a weeks pay for trying to do your job to the best of your ability?</p>&mdash; NickBarnett (@NickBarnett) <a href="https://twitter.com/NickBarnett/statuses/379734006079946754">September 16, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>How would you feel if you lost a weeks pay for trying to do your job to the best of your ability?</p>&mdash; NickBarnett (@NickBarnett) <a href="https://twitter.com/NickBarnett/statuses/379734006079946754">September 16, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>I understand rules are rules and players safety comes first.. A NFL career averages 3 years...</p>&mdash; NickBarnett (@NickBarnett) <a href="https://twitter.com/NickBarnett/statuses/379739684001579008">September 16, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>The money you make is suppose to carry you thru the rest of your life.. So actually one week could actually mean 15 years!!! </p>&mdash; NickBarnett (@NickBarnett) <a href="https://twitter.com/NickBarnett/statuses/379739955062648833">September 16, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>So many issues with player safety! Don&#39;t hit up high. But yet you let 310 plus lineman dive at my legs while my focus is on ball? </p>&mdash; NickBarnett (@NickBarnett) <a href="https://twitter.com/NickBarnett/statuses/379741184849379328">September 16, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>"<a href="https://twitter.com/KevinTreichel">@KevinTreichel</a>: <a href="https://twitter.com/NickBarnett">@NickBarnett</a> brains &gt; legs"--- it seems logical but ask players they rather have a concussion then ACL </p>&mdash; NickBarnett (@NickBarnett) <a href="https://twitter.com/NickBarnett/statuses/379742018014302208">September 16, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>"<a href="https://twitter.com/powerbombme">@powerbombme</a>: <a href="https://twitter.com/NickBarnett">@NickBarnett</a> two wrongs don&#39;t make a right"-- Well said!!</p>&mdash; NickBarnett (@NickBarnett) <a href="https://twitter.com/NickBarnett/statuses/379742501441380352">September 16, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>I wish I had solution. I don&#39;t. I do think <a href="https://twitter.com/nflcommish">@nflcommish</a> is doing a good job trying to protect both the game and players.. Much to be done</p>&mdash; NickBarnett (@NickBarnett) <a href="https://twitter.com/NickBarnett/statuses/379744074921943040">September 16, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>I have had both before I can tell you that both equally are not fun!!! ACL- Concussion... With everything great there are risk!</p>&mdash; NickBarnett (@NickBarnett) <a href="https://twitter.com/NickBarnett/statuses/379744960771534848">September 16, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>My point of bringing all this up was for you to put your self in these players shoes...</p>&mdash; NickBarnett (@NickBarnett) <a href="https://twitter.com/NickBarnett/statuses/379747218133381120">September 16, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>"<a href="https://twitter.com/Berzirk">@Berzirk</a>: <a href="https://twitter.com/NickBarnett">@NickBarnett</a> The stiff-arm to the head needs to be eliminated. Unfair, one-sided, &amp; dangerous. It&#39;s a penalty if defense does it"</p>&mdash; NickBarnett (@NickBarnett) <a href="https://twitter.com/NickBarnett/statuses/379750856951734272">September 16, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>We still allow stiff arms to the face. In my opinion that&#39;s dangerous to both head and Neck.</p>&mdash; NickBarnett (@NickBarnett) <a href="https://twitter.com/NickBarnett/statuses/379751200608235520">September 16, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Why is NFL special?? Not everyone can do it! It&#39;s a &quot;Dangerous Sport Played By Dangerous or Brave Individuals With extraordinary Talent!&quot;</p>&mdash; NickBarnett (@NickBarnett) <a href="https://twitter.com/NickBarnett/statuses/379751893800845312">September 16, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>"<a href="https://twitter.com/tjiacono">@tjiacono</a>: <a href="https://twitter.com/NickBarnett">@NickBarnett</a> you&#39;re kidding right? Its football."--That&#39;s what I been trying to say all day!</p>&mdash; NickBarnett (@NickBarnett) <a href="https://twitter.com/NickBarnett/statuses/379752832351887360">September 16, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Ok well that was fun guys have a good night and GOD bless!! Remember it&#39;s just football Smile!!! </p>&mdash; NickBarnett (@NickBarnett) <a href="https://twitter.com/NickBarnett/statuses/379753176213520384">September 16, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Football safety is very important! We need to protect each other by protecting ourselves.. &#10;&#10;Rip Damon Janes</p>&mdash; NickBarnett (@NickBarnett) <a href="https://twitter.com/NickBarnett/statuses/379754067482136576">September 16, 2013</a></blockquote>

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And my personal favorite...

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Don&#39;t be tweeting me deep tweets when your avatar is your Butt!!! What!!?? </p>&mdash; NickBarnett (@NickBarnett) <a href="https://twitter.com/NickBarnett/statuses/379758767929561088">September 17, 2013</a></blockquote>

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