NFL players are big, athletic and make millions of dollars a year but sometimes they still get treated like children.
It was reported last week that the Miami Dolphins handed out team-issued iPads in order for players to use them to learn the playbook and NOT to surf on the internet for fun. The team will fine the players $10,000 for looking at "unauthorized websites," with the devices. The no-go sites include Facebook, Twitter, Youtube and you'd have to guess most adult entertainment sites. However, it was unclear if viewing New York Jets coach Rex Ryan's foot fetish video of his wife would be considered opponent research.
I'm sure the Dolphin players are happy to be rid of the old gigantic playbook book binders, but they can't be happy with the grade school style restrictions on the devices. While it's probably a good rule of thumb (regardless of your profession) to avoid using a work computing device to visit porn sites, there's nothing wrong with checking email or watching a Youtube video. A $10,000 fine for straying from the play book is a little steep, and if you learn the playbook who cares how many tweets you made along the way – why not let the players surf the web like the adults they are and fine those players who haven't learned the playbook. However, NFL players definitely make enough to pay for their own iPads , so on the whole I'm not too concerned
Plus the players seem to really like them. Davone Bess said, "it's convenient. Every day we were getting stacks and stacks of papers with the installs. Now they can just download them on the iPad and it's there — Bam!"
Reggie Bush:said "I love it. It makes it so much simpler, and obviously that's where technology has taken us nowadays. It's amazing, and I'm glad we got it."
What do you think? Is a $10,000 fine too steep?