During the slide, Brady stuck out his cleats, catching safety Ed Reed's leg in the process.
Reed told WJZ-FM on Monday, via CBS Baltimore:
Leg is feeling alright. A little sore right now. A little slide kick (by Brady), you know what I'm saying. But it's a tough spot the quarterback's in. You know, I understand Brady's point. Him protecting himself. I know he's a great player. I respect Brady and his game for all it stands for, and I know he's not a dirty player. And emotions get going in the game.
Reed said Brady apologized to him and that he forgave the New England Patriots veteran quarterback.
But that shouldn't matter.
Whether Brady was trying to protect himself, his emotions got in the way or he was simply being vindictive, this is no different than a safety leading with his helmet when tackling. Whatever your intentions are, the fact of the matter is, it's a fine and that helps promote the safety of the players on the field.
What Brady did was wrong and he obviously knows that, given he apologized to Reed. But the league can't let things like this slide (no pun intended) and allow a player to get off the hook for something like this.
Reed is entering the twilight of his career and Brady's actions could have seriously injured him and kept him from participating in the Super Bowl (by the way, the nine-time Pro Bowler has yet to win a title). There is no excuse for that and the NFL must act accordingly.
Brady should be fined. End of discussion.
What are your thoughts?