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Redskins WR Moss fined for tirade


Washington Redskins wide receiver Santana Moss was fined $22,050 by the NFL on Friday for directing abusive and insulting language toward a referee.

Moss was ejected from the Redskins’ 24-13 loss to the New York Giants last Sunday after he argued vehemently when referee Jeff Triplette reversed a touchdown run by quarterback Robert Griffin III at the end of the first half.

Moss complained profanely and pointed in the faces of Triplette and field judge Alex Kemp, drawing a penalty for unsportsmanlike conduct and then the ejection.

“The player’s language and pointing at the official was unsportsmanlike,” Triplette told a pool reporter after the game, according to The Washington Post. “Then a second act took place with another official … very, very inappropriate language that was derogatory toward the official. That precipitated the disqualification.”

After the game, Moss, a 14-year veteran, said frustration got the best of him.

“It feels like every time we do something good, something bad comes out of it,” he said, “and it’s only been happening to us. It’s been 10 years of this, so I just got carried away, and I let that get the best of me, and I know better.”

Among other fines reported Friday:

–Cleveland Browns linebacker Barkevious Mingo was docked $16,537 for a helmet-to-helmet hit on Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton;

–San Francisco 49ers safety Eric Reid was fined $10,000 for an unnecessary roughness penalty he received for hitting Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Doug Baldwin out of bounds;

–Tennessee Titans defensive tackle Jurrell Casey was assessed $8,268 for punching New York Jets quarterback Geno Smith in the head.

–New England Patriots cornerback Brandon Browner was fined $8,268 for shoving Miami Dolphins receiver Brandon Gibson to the ground, and Gibson was fined $11,025 for taunting Browner.

One player who escaped a fine was San Francisco linebacker Nick Moody, who was wrongly penalized for roughing the passer after a hit on Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson. The NFL later said the call was incorrect.

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