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Tom Brady fined $16K for trying to trip safety Malik Hooker in playoff loss to Cowboys

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Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady’s week had already gotten off to a rocky start when his Bucks were defeated 31-14 in the playoffs by the Dallas Cowboys on Monday. Now, according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, the NFL is interrupting his off-season with a $16,444 fine for trying to trip Malik Hooker’s Cowboys safety during a wildcard elimination.

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Brady tried a low-slip tackle as the Buccaneers faced a 24-0 second-half deficit in the third quarter. Receiver Chris Godwin seemed to feel for Brady’s completion. Hooker picked up the lost ball and returned it. At the end of the comeback, Brady slid feet first into Hooker’s legs before Julio Jones made a tackle.

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After the game, officials tossed the flag for unnecessary rudeness to Bucks center Ryan Jensen. He took the flag to fight defenseman Dante Fowler Jr. off the ball. Brady was not penalized and the game continued without further consequences. Jensen was reportedly fined $8,333.33.

Brady’s fine was probably more than Jensen’s because the seven-time Super Bowl champion committed a similar offense this season. In October, he was fined $11,139 for kicking Atlanta Falcons lineman Grady Jarrett during a game.

Brady had a tough season and the wild card loss reflected his struggles. Tampa Bay failed to score in the first half, and the veteran quarterback’s performance led many to comment that he appeared to be a year older than his prime.

“It’s kind of typical the way we played all year – inefficient passing, not very good on the run, so it’s hard to beat such good teams,” Brady said after the loss.

At the moment, he has not given any guidance regarding his future. He could stay in Tampa or explore options in Las Vegas, Miami, Tennessee, or even in a broadcast booth.

When asked what’s next, he said, “I’m going to go home and get a good night’s sleep.”

Tom Brady is not the first time such fines have been dealt with.  (Brett Davis, USA TODAY Sports)
Tom Brady is not the first time such fines have been dealt with. (Brett Davis, USA TODAY Sports)



Source: sports.yahoo.com

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