Suspensions Overturned For Broncos’ Randy Gregory & Rams’ Oday Aboushi
Following a 51-14 win by the Los Angeles Rams over the Denver Broncos on Christmas, Broncos linebacker Randy Gregory and Rams offensive lineman Oday Aboushi reportedly exchanged punches on the field after the game ended. As a result of the scuffle, the NFL suspended both men for one game.
However, according to reports, both suspensions have been overturned. ProFootball Talk reports that hearing officer Derrick Brooks overturned Gregory’s suspension and hearing officer James Thrash overturned the one-game suspension on Aboushi. Instead, Gregory will reportedly be fined $50,000 and Aboushi will be fined $12,000.
Aboushi and Gregory’s initial unpaid suspensions were for “violations of unsportsmanlike conduct and unnecessary roughness rules.”
When the game ended, Gregory and others were visibly frustrated with the loss and the fact that the Broncos were eliminated from the playoffs. Gregory and Aboushi exchanged words for a bit and eventually Gregory allegedly threw a punch at Aboushi. Then, Aboushi allegedly responded with a punch which led to several people attempting to separate the two players. Aboushi was then shoved toward Baker Mayfield and into the frame of an on-camera interview he was doing.
“Y’all want to know if I hit him in the mouth? I did,” Gregory told reporters in a postgame interview.
During the game, Broncos players were also shoving one another. It is the second time this season that players from the team physically fought on its own sideline.
Monday, the Broncos fired coach Nathaniel Hackett following the blowout loss. The team is 4-11. Thus, Hackett only lasted 15 games.
Gregory was a second-round pick in the 2015 draft out of Nebraska and was selected by the Dallas Cowboys. He was first-team all-Big Ten twice. He played four seasons with the Cowboys. After reports stated that he signed a five-year extension to stay in Dallas, it was later revealed that there was a disagreement over the contractual language which led to Gregory singing with the Broncos in free agency. The Broncos are 4-11 and have now been eliminated from the playoffs.
Aboushi was a fifth-round pick in the 2013 draft out of Virginia and was selected by the New York Jets. He was first-team all-ACC in 2012 in Virginia. He has played for the Jets, Houston Texans, Seattle Seahawks, Arizona Cardinals, Detroit Lions, Los Angeles Chargers and is currently in his first season with the Rams. The Rams are 5-10 and are also eliminated from the playoffs.