It appears the NFL agrees with Bernard Pollard after all.
NFL.com's Ian Rapoport tweeted Wednesday night that Patriots quarterback Tom Brady has been fined $10,000 for his cleats-up slide toward Ed Reed late in the first half of the AFC Championship Game.
With the Patriots driving in the final 30 seconds of the half, Brady scrambled to his left and then slid, extending his right leg with his spikes up. He appeared to jab the leg toward Reed, who hurdled him but was hit in the leg by Brady's foot.
The next day, Pollard was still fuming over the play and wasn't buying the notion that the contact was incidental. Pollard argued that defensive players, including Pollard, are frequently subject to fines and disciplinary action for unnecessary roughness, but offensive players, especially quarterbacks, aren't held to the same standard.
"When you slide…everything is on the ground. He knew what he was doing,” Pollard said. “It has to go both ways. Hopefully the NFL will do something about it.”
Apparently, it has.
Reed later told 105.7 The Fan that Brady reached out to him after the game and apologized for the play.
" I respect Brady and his game for all it stands for," Reed told the radio station, "and I know he's not a dirty player. "