"My intentions are never to go out here and hurt nobody," Goldson said. ... "I'm not trying to hurt my team, and I'm definitely not trying to hurt myself or another player."
Rapoport reported that Goldson will be fined $100,000 for the hit, equaling the record price tag that Detroit Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh was hit with for being a habitual violator of the NFL's safety rules.
Goldson would have missed out on a $264,705 game check if the suspension was upheld, according to the Tampa Bay Times.
The decision to reduce the penalty was made by former NFL center Matt Birk, a hearing officer jointly appointed and compensated by the NFL and NFL Players Association. Birk also upheld the $30,000 fine issued to Goldson for a violation of player safety rules in Week 1 against the New York Jets.
As a result of Goldson's two fines, totaling $130,000, the league is expected to fine the Bucs at least $50,000 for violating the NFL's club remittance policy, according to Rapoport. The policy allows the league to levy a $50,000 fine once a team reaches $105,000 in total fines during any given season.