Brad Childress: Vikings Coach Fined $35 Million for Criticism of Officials
According to NFL.com wire reports, Minnesota Vikings head coach Brad Childress has been fined $35 million by the NFL for violating the league's policy that prohibits public criticism of officiating.
Childress was informed of the fine by NFL executive vice president of football operations Ray Anderson, according to the report.
The key play Childress was complaining about on Sunday concerns a reviewed call that resulted in Minnesota losing a touchdown and being forced to settle for a field goal three plays later.
Childress, who claims the league has apologized for the call that cost his team four points Sunday night, told NFL.com that vice president of officiating Carl Johnson said he was "disappointed that the call was reversed."
"It's supposed to be irrefutable evidence," Childress told NFL.com. "The guy is looking right down on it and says it is a touchdown. You have got to show them something that says it wasn't a touchdown.
"I saw him control the ball. It's not about forearms. It's not about hands. I was told it was about hands. If he has it in his teeth and it touches the ground and he has it when he comes up, it's a touchdown."
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