NFL Fines Tom Brady $11k For Kicking Falcons’ Grady Jarrett After Controversial Sack

NFL: Atlanta Falcons at Tampa Bay Buccaneers
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After taking a controversial sack from Falcons defensive lineman Grady Jarrett, the National Football League is issuing Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady a $11,139 fine for kicking the defensive player. The sack on Brady was flagged for roughing the passer, a call that many in the world of football are claiming shouldn’t have been made. The Falcons had momentum swing in their favor, scoring both a touchdown and a 2-point conversion on the previous drive. The Jarrett sack would have forced the Bucs into a punting situation.

Instead, the home team gains a fresh set of down and ultimately escapes Raymond James stadium with a win to improve to 3-2 on the season. At the time, Brady’s kick went mostly unnoticed. Majority54 podcaster Jason Kander posted the Brady video on social media.

The controversial call received some blowback from Falcons running back Cordarrelle Patterson. Patterson was reportedly watching the Falcons-Bucs game, and became irate once he saw his teammate get flagged. Patterson proclaimed the call to be “bullsh**” and went as far as to change his Twitter photo to the head referee in charge of officiating the game.

“No one wants any missed calls,” Brady said when speaking to media. “You don’t want a missed pass interference call, you don’t want a missed holding call, you don’t want a missed illegal contact call. They don’t want a call on them. I don’t know, we’re trying to eliminate every missed penalty? Every batter wants every strike called perfectly. I don’t know how you do that.”

Brady continued on, highlighting that the nature of the game of football has changed. “I think there’s tough rules, there’s tough calls. It’s tough enforcing it, it’s tough for the players, it’s tough for everyone. I think the game has changed — I alluded to that earlier in the year. There’s a lot of things that I see that are probably pretty challenging to officiate. They’re probably challenging to play defense with.”

The Buccaneers are preparing to face the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday. The team is without its best pass rusher T.J Watt along with a number of defensive starters.

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