Eagles' Samuel rips NFL after $40K fine

Published Nov. 24, 2010 12:00 a.m. ET

Philadelphia Eagles cornerback Asante Samuel called the NFL “haters” Wednesday after being handed a $40,000 fine for a helmet-to-helmet hit, Philadelphia Sports Daily reported.

The veteran cover man, who leads the league with seven interceptions, put a crushing hit on wide receiver Derek Hagan during the second quarter of the Eagles’ 27-17 win over the New York Giants Sunday night.

Samuel received a personal foul penalty on the play.

The three-time Pro Bowl selection was answering reporters’ questions Wednesday about a comment made by former defensive back and current NFL analyst Deion Sanders, who called Samuel “the best off corner” in the league.

“He’s a hater. You can write that,” Samuel said.

As for the league’s fine: “They’re haters, too,” Samuel responded.

Samuel, in his third season with the Eagles, spent five years with the New England Patriots, helping them win two Super Bowls.