The NFL took an unusual step Wednesday afternoon, fining a marquee offensive player — and not just any marquee offensive player, but Tom Brady.
After reviewing Brady’s Ty Cobb-like slide in the direction of Baltimore Ravens safety Ed Reed on Sunday, the NFL docked the New England Patriots’ quarterback $10,000, NFL.com’s Ian Rappoport reported. Yes, it’s $500 less than the league fined Frank Gore for a violating rules regarding how unforms should be worn, but at least the league did something.
Brady and Reed are “good” now, Reed says, and the NFL chose to show that, however paltry the sum involved, it wasn’t going to let a quarterback get away with something that would have drawn serious punishment for a defensive player. (Especially one with a history, like Ndamukong Suh, James Harrison … or Ed Reed.) Ravens safety Bernard Pollard had pointed out the double standard Monday.
“When you slide, everything is on the ground. He knew what he was doing,” Pollard said (via MASN’s Ravens Buzz). “I’m the type of player where it has to go both ways. It really does. It has to go both ways. Hopefully the NFL will do something about it.”