On Wednesday, Bucs head coach Raheem Morris revealed that he was fined $20,000 for swearing at an official, which drew an unsportsmanlike conduct call at Miami last week while he was protesting a controversial instant replay call involving a pass thrown to WR Michael Clayton just before halftime.â€¨â€¨
"You know I got fined," Morris said. "Yes, I got fined. Again, I'm more than happy to give my money to a charity of [the NFL's] choosing. I'm excited about it. That's where I am. I'm fortunate enough to be in a society where I am able to be fined that much money and be able to give it to a charity and move on and not hold a grudge. I learned my lesson. It was my fault. I made a mistake. There's no doubt about it."
â€¨â€¨When asked how much Morris was fined by the NFL he said, "I don't know if I want to tell you that" as he walked off the podium before he grinned and looked at reporters and said, "20" – presumably as in $20,000.â€¨â€¨
Morris' fine total should not come as a surprise as Cincinnati WR Chad Ochocinco was fined $20,000 for joking about bribing an official with a dollar bill two weeks ago during a game.
Scott Reynolds is in his 25th year of covering the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as the vice president, publisher and senior Bucs beat writer for PewterReport.com. Author of the popular SR's Fab 5 column on Fridays, Reynolds oversees web development and forges marketing partnerships for PewterReport.com in addition to his editorial duties. A graduate of Kansas State University in 1995, Reynolds spent six years giving back to the community as the defensive line coach for his sons' Pop Warner team, the South Pasco Predators. Reynolds can be reached at: firstname.lastname@example.org