According to a conversation that ESPN beat writer Coley Harvey had with safety George Iloka, the second-year safety lost his appeal after being fined for a hit on Green Bay Packers tight end Jermichael Finley. According to Harvey, while Iloka lost his appeal, his fine was reduced from $15,000 to $10,000.
Also, #Bengals safety George Iloka told us he lost his appeal on the fine for the hit on Jermichael Finley last month. Was reduced to $10K— Coley Harvey (@ColeyHarvey) October 21, 2013
He was fined for this hit in week four.
"He was coming at me head first and I was just trying to make a play on the ball and knock it out with my hand and his head happened to hit my lower bicep area and caused a concussion," the second-year safety said last month.
"You can’t do anything but let them catch the ball," Iloka said. "Unless there’s a new rule that you have to let players catch the ball, you just have to eat that fine. I’d rather take whatever the fine is than let a guy make a big catch on third-and-whatever."
Even Finley was surprised that Iloka was fined.
"I thought it was a great hit," Jermichael Finley said via Fox Sports Wisconsin. "I didn't think it was dirty at all. That's my opinion. If I was the safety, I'd do the same thing. It's a part of the game."
"I was a little surprised (that Iloka got fined), but you know how the league works and how they do their fines," Finley said. "But I was surprised that he got hit (with a fine). I thought it was a clean hit."