Wednesday, November 16, 2011
Moore philosophical about pending fine
By Jeff Dickerson
D.J. Moore is expecting a large fine for his role in Sunday's brawl.
LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- Chicago Bears nickel back D.J. Moore put a philosophic spin on the sizable fine he will no doubt receive for his role in the bench clearing scuffle last Sunday against the Lions.
"I don't worry about it too much," Moore said. "If you worry about money too much in this life you won't make it to the next."
Moore was ejected in the fourth quarter of the Bears' 37-13 victory after Detroit quarterback Matthew Stafford grabbed the defensive back's helmet and tossed him to the ground, while Moore was attempting to block following a Tim Jennings interception.
Moore popped up and charged at Stafford, which prompted multiple players from both sides to start pushing and shoving near the Lions' sideline.
It appears inevitable that numerous Bears players will be fined for the incident, but as of early Wednesday afternoon, the NFL had yet to notify Moore of his punishment.
"I expect to get one," Moore said. "I don't know how long it takes, or what the process is to actually get it. I'm not really even worried about it anymore. I just want to move on."
However, it's difficult to completely move on until the league deducts the finable amount from Moore's paycheck this week, an amount the nickel back speculates could be $15,000-$20,000. The locker room has been exceeding generous as of late covering up a pair of fines for Earl Bennett's orange cleats, but no such courtesy has been extended to Moore apparently.
"No [nobody offered to pay for it], not yet, are you offering?" Moore asked reporters before practice.