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AP source: Vikings DE Allen fined $21K for hit

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AP source: Vikings DE Allen fined $21K for hit

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) Jared Allen's hit on Lance Louis knocked the Chicago Bears guard out for the rest of the season and earned the Minnesota Vikings defensive end plenty of scorn from his division rivals.

It also earned him a fine from the NFL.

Allen was fined $21,000 for the hit on Wednesday, according to a person with knowledge of the punishment who spoke on condition of anonymity because the league had not announced the fine.

Allen hit Louis with a block after an interception by Antoine Winfield. Louis didn't see Allen coming, and his leg stuck in the turf on the hit and tore the ACL in his left knee. Several Bears, including coach Lovie Smith, said they thought the hit was unnecessary and dirty.

``We have an injured player right now based on it,'' Smith said this week. ``I think he could have gotten blocked a little bit differently, but that's about all I can probably say about it.''

Allen was unavailable for comment on Wednesday, but said after the game he never intended to injure Louis.

``I never, ever try to intentionally hurt anybody,'' Allen said after the 28-10 loss to the Bears. ``Just trying to make a block and spring our guys down sidelines. That's unfortunate.''

Some wondered if the hit would earn Allen a suspension, but he's never had the reputation as a dirty player and has earned admiration across the league for his charitable work with wounded veterans. Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers said he had great respect for Allen, both as a player and a person.

``I just think personally I have a lot of respect for him as I've got to know him,'' Rodgers said. ``I appreciate not only the way he plays on the field, and he plays hard and between the whistles, but especially the stuff that he does off the field with his foundation for the Wounded Warriors, that's just a very classy thing.''

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Bradley Beal thoroughly impressed by LeBron James after being his teammate at All-Star Game

Bradley Beal thoroughly impressed by LeBron James after being his teammate at All-Star Game

As a member of the Washington Wizards, Bradley Beal has had many battles with LeBron James over the years, first with the Miami Heat and now with the Cleveland Cavaliers. Over the weekend, Beal got to experience having James as a teammate for the first time at the All-Star Game in Los Angeles.

It was an eye-opening endeavor. Beal got to see up close and personal James' abilities and his routine to maximize them. In a group of the best players on the planet, James stood out.

"It was surreal at first, just being around all the guys," Beal said. "Even just being on his team for two days, that was an unbelievable experience."

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Beal, 24, is six seasons in to his NBA career and from experience has learned how to train for the rigors of an 82-game regular season. What James does at 33 years old to stay in peak form, however, is next level.

"To see his preparation, his focus and his mentality and what he does to take care of his body before and after games," Beal said. "That's the true testament to a Hall of Famer and one of the best to ever play the game."

James actually assisted Beal's first points in the All-Star Game, a two-handed dunk in the first quarter. James attacked the rim on a fastbreak to draw attention, then found Beal with a dump-off pass for an easy bucket.

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It was an example of James' tricks of the trade. He is not just the most athletic player on the court, he is also the smartest when it comes to the game of basketball.

"His approach and his leadership and everything, it's top notch. It's crazy because you always play against him and to play with him, you get experience the other side of it," Beal said.

Beal, however, did note that much of what he gleaned from James was by watching him. At the end of the day, they are competitors and James isn't going to give away all of his secrets.

"He's not disclosing that information," Beal joked.

The Wizards happen to play James and the Cavs in their first game back from the All-Star break on Thursday night. Once again, Beal will be on the other side. 

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Wizards Tipoff podcast: Walt Williams talks Wizards, his NBA career and life after basketball

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Wizards Tipoff podcast: Walt Williams talks Wizards, his NBA career and life after basketball

On the latest episode of the Wizards Tipoff podcast presented by Greenberg and Bederman, Chase Hughes was joined by former NBA player Walt Williams for a wide-ranging discussion. Williams talked about the Wizards, his show on NBC Sports Washington and his playing career.

Williams also projected the NBA prospects of Maryland Terrapins stars Bruno Fernando and Kevin Huerter.

You can listen to the episode right here:

You can download the podcast on Apple Podcasts right here and on Google Play. If you like the show please tell your friends!