NFL fines Tom Brady for ‘aggressive slide’
New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady was fined $10,000 by the NFL for putting his foot into Baltimore Raven safety Ed Reed's abdomen during this slide in the AFC Championship game. (Photo: FOX)
NEW YORK – A person familiar with the decision says the NFL has fined New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady $10,000 for kicking Baltimore Ravens defender Ed Reed during Sunday’s AFC championship game.
An official with knowledge of the penalty confirmed the fine to the Associated Press.
On a first-and-goal near the end of the second quarter, Brady was forced out of the pocket to his left. He ran for 3 yards but slid before he could be tackled. In the process, he raised his right leg and kicked Reed in the thigh.
According to FoxSports.com, Brady reportedly apologized to Reed in a text message.
Patriots spokesman Stacey James says he has no information on the fine. A message was left seeking comment from NFL spokesman Michael Signora.
The Ravens won 28-13 to advance to the Super Bowl.