San Francisco 49ers linebacker Ahmad Brooks fined $15,750 for hit on Drew Brees (video)
Time to crack open that wallet of yours, Ray Lewis. ESPN’s Adam Schefter was the first to report that the NFL has fined San Francisco 49ers linebacker $15,750 for his hit on New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees during the teams’ game on Sunday.
Brooks was assessed a 15-yard personal foul penalty on the play, which negated the sack and fumble and allowed the Saints to keep the ball and ultimately score the winning field goal.
The play has been debated heavily — and video of the hit calls into question whether or not the hit was even illegal (although Brees later claimed he believed it was a clothesline tackle — but in the end, the NFL calls the shots.
Brooks was frustrated over the call following the game, colorfully explaining to the San Francisco Chronicle:, “I didn’t hit him with my hand or my helmet,” adding, “I basically bear-hugged him. That’s just how football is played. I think this s— is bulls—-. Football, the way they call stuff these days, it’s watered down. It ain’t real no more.”
Brees, while saying he believed there was no malicious intent on Brooks’ behalf, nevertheless argued Brooks’ actions merited a penalty.
“I don’t think what Ahmad Brooks did was intentional at all,” Brees said. “I think he’s a heck of a football player and a clean football player. A hard-nosed, clean football player.
“But you look at the result of that … and again in real-time … you can slow it down all you want and watch it and say, ‘Look where the [arm is].’ But I can tell you how I felt when I got hit. It felt like I got my head ripped off. And I get up and I’ve got a mouth full of blood. So there was no doubt in my mind that, ‘Hey, it’s gonna be a penalty.’
Clearly, the NFL Gestapo whose charge it is to mete out fines agreed with Brees on this one.