- Bruce Arians got hit with a sizable fine for hitting a Bucs’ player across the head during their matchup with the Eagles.
- The reaction to the news from NFL fans was a mixed bag.
- Be sure to check out more sports stories at BroBible here.
Maybe the most exciting thing that happened during the Buccaneers’ 31-15 win over the Eagles this past weekend involved Tampa Bay head coach Bruce Arians, and his hand meeting the side of a player’s helmet.
During the third quarter with Tampa Bay up 17-0, Philadelphia return man Jordan Reagor muffed a punt that was picked up by the Bucs. Seconds after the Bucs recovered the ball, Arians was seen going over to safety Andrew Adams and smacking him across his helmet.
While the initial replay didn’t show why Arians was so angry, it was later revealed that Arians was reacted to Adams pulling an opposing player off of his teammate. This would typically result in a 15-yard penalty, and while Adams got away with it, he didn’t escape Arians’ left hand.
To no real surprise, the NFL has punished Arians for his actions and reportedly hit him with a $50,000 fine for striking Adams in the head. Arians has said that he will be appealing the steep fine.
Source: #Bucs coach Bruce Arians was fined $50,000 for his actions Sunday.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) January 19, 2022
Bruce Arians Explains Why He Slapped A Player Across The Helmet
After the Bucs’ win over Philadelphia, Arians was asked about the incident made it clear that he was simply trying to avoid a dumb penalty.
“I’ve seen enough dumb [things]. You can’t pull guys out of a pile,” Arians explained. “We just got a big play, great field position, and he’s trying to pull a guy out of a pile and I was trying to knock him off of that guy so he didn’t get a penalty.”
NFL fans had mixed reactions to the news of Arians being fined for smacking Adams:
Should've been given $50,000 for saving the team from a whack ass taunting flag. https://t.co/ZK9a4pbHGN
— Eichel SZN!!!!! (@MattJaxSIN21) January 19, 2022
This is needed, no debate. Take action on his treatment of AB though. https://t.co/hRXBVZEnx0
— BrettDoesManyThings (@BrettSterken) January 19, 2022
This is so ridiculous lol https://t.co/d8WnOf1C0i
— Taylor Jenkins (@TJenkinsTampa) January 19, 2022