Tom Brady continues to feel the sting of the New England Patriots' AFC Championship Game loss to the Baltimore Ravens.
#Patriots QB Tom Brady was fined $10,000 for unnecessary roughness in the AFC championship game, I'm told. Came on the Ed Reed slide— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) January 24, 2013
You can watch the video of Brady's illegal slide here.
Did Tom Brady deserve a stiffer fine for his cleats-up slide?
As Bleacher Report's Twitter handle notes, it's actually less of a league penalty than what San Francisco 49ers running back Frank Gore received for not wearing his socks high enough in the NFC Championship Game (no, really):
NFL fines Tom Brady $10,000 for sliding cleats-up into Ed Reed while Frank Gore was fined $10,500 because his socks were too short. Sure.— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) January 24, 2013
Brady went for a safety slide after leaving the pocket, and when he saw Reed coming toward him, he extended his right leg in a more raised manner than a normal slide. The resulting "kick" caught Reed in the lower-leg region and set the Ravens bench—and Twitter—ablaze in the wake of what some thought was a dirty play.
NFL.com reported, through an interview with Reed, that Brady called and apologized for the play and Reed said he felt no ill will toward Brady in the wake of the play:
I told him—you know, we talked. 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's just apologized and what not. But I told him, 'You know, it's good, man.'
Brady and Reed are both fierce competitors that have played at a high level for the past decade, and it appears Brady's gesture was reason enough to brush this issue under the rug—especially with the Ravens getting ready for Super Bowl XLVII.
The league responded with the monetary penalty, but as soon as Brady's signature is on the check and the league receives the payment, it appears this will be just another issue that fades away into the NFL history books.