Bucs’ Dashon Goldson calls dirty player reputation 'ridiculous'

Thursday December 12th, 2013

Bucs safety Dashon Goldson's suspension was overturned Wednesday. (AP Photo/Brian Blanco) Bucs safety Dashon Goldson has 41 total tackles, one interception and one fumble recovery. (AP Photo/Brian Blanco)

Tampa Bay Buccaneers safety Dashon Goldson has already been fined and suspended one game this year and fined multiple other times for illegal hits, and he's upset that he is gaining the reputation of being a dirty player.

Goldson has racked up $130,000 in fines this season and was banned one game for a hit on Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Roddy White.

Goldson doesn't like that people look at him differently.

"Definitely," Goldson said, via the San Francisco Chronicle.  "I remember being on the good side of it, hearing commentators, analysts talking about how perfect, how good, how I do it the right way, and all of a sudden with the new rule I'm a dirty player, a nasty player, targeted and I'm not playing the game how it's supposed to be played.

"I think that's ridiculous, and [I'm] being targeted, I feel, because it's been a few times people have been in the situation or worse situations than me and haven't gotten penalized like I've been."

BURKE: Buccaneers No. 21 in this week's Power Rankings On Sunday, the Buccaneers play the San Francisco 49ers, where Goldson spent his first six seasons in the NFL. Last offseason, the Bucs signed Goldson to a five-year deal worth $41.25 million.

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