Josh Norman handed a massive fine by NFL for criticizing officials

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Shockingly, an NFL player can’t say an official “sucked” and avoid a fine by the league.

Washington Redskins cornerback Josh Norman was handed a $25,000 fine for criticizing officials after last week’s tie against the Cincinnati Bengals in London, the Washington Post reported. The Redskins are on a bye and Norman was in Fox’s studio on Sunday morning for its pregame show, and he said he would appeal the fine, the Post said.

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Josh Norman was fined $25,000 for criticizing officials (AP)
Josh Norman was fined $25,000 for criticizing officials (AP)

In NFL vice president of officiating Dean Blandino’s weekly breakdown of the previous week’s calls, he said all of the penalties called against Norman were legit. After last week’s game, Norman did not agree with that assessment, to say the least.

“Who is 88?” Norman asked, referring to field judge Brad Freeman. “He sucked. I’m just going to be honest with you. I’m going to be straight forward. He was terrible. I feel like he should be reprimanded.”

Norman definitely got reprimanded.

It was not a good week for officials. Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman also criticized some calls, and Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton complained that he wasn’t getting protected like other quarterbacks in the pocket.

No league enjoys its players or coaches shredding officials for what they perceive were bad calls, so it’s no surprise that Norman was handed a massive fine. It’ll probably make others who are upset with the officials think twice before sounding off at their news conference.

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