The NFL has fined New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady $10,000 for his slide at the end of the first half of the AFC Championship game against the Baltimore Ravens last Sunday.
During the game, Brady slid to the ground, and his leg hit Reed, who was not injured. The NFL was reviewing video of the slide to determine whether action needed to be taken against Brady. Reed’s teammate, safety Bernard Pollard, said Brady should indeed be disciplined. The league apparently agreed, issuing the fine Wednesday.
As we have previously reported, Reed said Brady apologized to him for the slide. He told Baltimore’s WJZ-FM:
“We talked actually not too long ago; we talked on the phone. He actually reached out to me, texted me. I tried to text him back, but the message exploded after 12 seconds, so I had to call him … and he just apologized and what not. But I told him, ‘You know, it’s good, man.'”
Reed also said that he understood Brady’s point, and that he was protecting himself. He said Brady was a great player — not a dirty one — and that he respected him.
It might be easy for Reed to be forgiving since Brady’s kick — intentional or not — did nothing to stop the Ravens from defeating the Patriots 28-13 to advance to the Super Bowl against the San Francisco 49ers. The fine is also nothing but chump change to Brady, who is set to make $14 million next season.
Do you think Tom Brady should have been fined more by the NFL?