The league announced on Friday that New York Giants defensive tackle Linval Joseph was fined $7,875 for his part in an on-field altercation Monday night against the Washington Redskins.
Following a fumble by Redskins running back Alfred Morris, a pile began to develop when offensive lineman Will Montgomery dove in rather violently and unnecessarily. As the whistle blew and officials attempted to determine who recovered the ball, Joseph grabbed the leg of Montgomery and started pulling him away from the pile – as you often see players do.
Montgomery took exception to what Joseph was doing and promptly kicked him, cleats up, in the leg. Angrily, Joseph lifted his leg as if he was going to retaliate, but decided against it.
"It took me everything not to hit him back because I didn't want to hurt the team," Joseph said Monday.
In addition to the $7,875 fine levied against Joseph, the NFL fined Montgomery $10,000 for his part in the skirmish. He plans to appeal.
"I think I have to protect myself," Montgomery said. “If the guy is dragging me across the ground and potentially twisting my ankle or whatever else, I’m not going to let the guy drag me across the ground. And I can’t push him, obviously, because I’m on the ground, so I used my leg to get him off me.”
If you're doing the math at home, kicking someone with your cleats out is only $2,125 more expensive than simply pulling someone off of a pile. Makes sense … right?
Meanwhile, neither Michael Boley nor Chris Canty were fined for their brutal hits on Robert Griffin III. Additionally, Rocky Bernard was not fined for his involvement in separate on-field skirmish.
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