Source: Brady fined $10K for slide

January, 23, 2013
1/23/13
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Patriots quarterback Tom Brady was fined $10,000 by the NFL for making contact with Ravens safety Ed Reed on a slide late in the first half of the AFC Championship Game, according to a league source.

During the final minute of the first half, Brady slid to the ground to end an impromptu run. The quarterback had one leg raised a few feet off the ground and it hit Reed, who emerged from the play without injury.

Ravens safety Bernard Pollard had publicly complained and asserted Brady deserved to be fined by the NFL, which levies fines on defensive players for helmet-to-helmet hits.

Pollard said Monday, "If you want to keep this going in the right direction, everyone should be penalized for their actions."

He said Brady "knew what he was doing. It has to go both ways.“

Reed said that Brady had reached out to him to apologize for the play.

“I told him -- you know, we talked," Reed told WJZ-FM in Baltimore. "We talked actually not too long ago; we talked on the phone. He actually reached out to me, texted me. I tried to text him back, but the message exploded after 12 seconds, so I had to call him ... and he just apologized and what not. But I told him, 'You know, it's good, man.'"

Mike Reiss

ESPN New England Patriots reporter

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