Ed Reed: NFL fining wrong offenses

1/31/2013 - NFL Ed Reed Baltimore Ravens + more

Baltimore Ravens safety Ed Reed said Thursday the NFL is fining players for the wrong infractions.

Reed, in an interview with Comcast SportsNet Baltimore, said the NFL is "policing the wrong things, for real."

"It's so much you can do. There's so much that needs to be done, but they'd rather police certain things," Reed said. "You tend to miss things when you're making a certain amount of money, and not playing the game, you're missing out. You're just somebody upstairs wearing a suit, fining people and stuff like that for the wrong things. We're policing the wrong things, for real."

Reed was fined more than $100,000 this season for unnecessary roughness penalties.

"I don't know, man, I really don't know what to say about our commissioner (Roger Goodell), honestly ... it's probably more him and his staff who came up with the things we are being fined for," Reed said. "It's not just Mr. Goodell. I think he needs more help at the fining process, not just have do-boys who want to please you.

"... I try and stay away from as far as possible, kinda just stay away from the principal like school, stay away from the principal's office as much as possible, but obviously they found me and the way they found me, it's been ridiculous, honestly. The bad part about it (is) we were talking about how much guys were fined this year. I think I topped the charts. It's bad how the game's been policed this year and the process we have been through from the lockout with us, the lockout with the referees. C'mon man, it's all a joke ... they the ones making all the money and doing nothing."

Reed, now in his 11th season, will play in his first Super Bowl on Sunday. He collected 58 tackles and four interceptions in 16 regular-season games this season.