As expected, the NFL handed out fines on Thursday to two high profile players for their actions last Sunday. Both Baltimore Ravens S Ed Reed and Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton received fines for their behavior last week. Reed was reportedly fined $55,000 dollars while Newton received a $21,000 fine.
Reed received his fine for a hit on New York Giants WR Victor Cruz. Initially, the Ravens feared that Reed might receive a suspension for the hit after administering a fourth blow to the head of an opposing player. The league could have suspended Reed, but opted instead to administer the fine.
Newton received his $21,000 dollar fine for abusive conduct toward an official. During the fourth quarter of the Panthers game against the Oakland Raiders on Sunday, Newton shouted and bumped referee Jerome Boger. Newton could have been ejected from the game for the bump of Boger, but the referee said after the game that he didn’t feel the bump was “of a malicious nature”.
Newton apologized after the contest to Boger. Speaking to reporters, Newton said, “the words that I said during the game were very disrespectful and I apologized to (him) during the game, but I’m going public and apologizing again. It was something in the heat of the moment.”