Ed Reed vs. Tom Brady: Why NFL Must Fine Patriots QB for Aggressive Slide
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Fair is fair.
Tom Brady deserves a heavy fine for his ill-advised slide against Ed Reed on Sunday, and apparently the NFL is looking into the matter.
JUST IN - Tom Brady is being reviewed by league officials for his slide/kick in AFC Championship (via @edwerderespn)— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) January 22, 2013
If the NFL is going to levy heavy fines on defenders for endangering wide receivers and quarterbacks, then Roger Goodell needs to fine Brady for his "spikes up" slide against Reed in the AFC Championship Game last Sunday.
Reed could have been seriously injured on the play, as Brady's cleats collided with Reed's knee.
In fact, I'd go as far as to say the NFL needs a new "Brady Rule" that specifically bans such a move.
Brady's slide wasn't something that naturally occurred.
He meant to kick up his foot at Reed, and if the NFL doesn't fine him for his actions, then players like Reed who've been fined repeatedly for playing the game of football the only way they know how deserve a refund.
Reed has come out and stated that Brady texted him to say he was sorry, and the two of them talked on the phone afterwards (h/t CBS Baltimore's Glenn Younes).
But that shouldn't be the end of it. Safety is the NFL's go-to word these days, and there's no doubt Brady's actions endangered another player.
Defenders have been handcuffed by the league as it concerns hitting quarterbacks ever since Bernard Pollard destroyed Brady's knee on a low hit back in 2008.
Heck, defenders can't even graze a quarterback's helmet with their pinky finger these days without incurring a 15-yard penalty that costs their team dearly.
The NFL's official rulebook. Rule 12, Section 2, Article 6 covers unnecessary roughness penalties. Article 6(a) reads, "Using the foot or any part of the leg to strike an opponent with a whipping motion."
But Brady didn't whip his leg, but what he did should have been penalized. The NFL needs to remedy this before next season.
It's only right that Brady be the man responsible for putting a rule in effect that protects defenders, and at the least, he deserves to make a nice donation to a charity, courtesy of the NFL.
Irony is a good thing, sometimes.
What do you think?
Was Brady's aggressive slide intentional?
Does he deserve a fine?
Should the NFL create a rule specific to what Brady did to Reed?
Let us know in the comments section below.
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