Saints News, 1/17/14: Saints Safety Rafael Bush Fined $21k For Hit To Percy Harvin

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I saw that play last Saturday during the Divisional Playoff game in Seattle and it looked like Bush led with his shoulder. The NFL's officiating and fining policy has become so inconsistent that the sport is becoming too ridiculous. How can fans continue to support the teams of this league when such inconsistency and poor officiating not only continues to exist but seems to get even worse with each passing season?

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Saints News

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Video

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