Bucs Fined $250,000 For Player Contact During Lockout, According To Report

Bucs head coach Raheem Morris became the first coach to admit to breaking the rules on contacting players during the lockout and the league has reportedly fined him $100,000.

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Bucs Fined $250,000 For Contact With Players During Lockout, According To Report

We already knew the NFL fined Bucs head coach Raheem Morris $100,000 for reaching out to a couple of his players during the lockout, but we never found out how much the league fined his team. Well, until today. ESPN’s Adam Schefter revealed the fine on the air and on Twitter:

NFL wound up fining the Buccaneers a whopping $250,000 for allegedly having contact with their players during the lockout.
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Morris didn’t try very hard to hide his contact — he admitted during a radio interview that he called cornerback Aqib Talib following his arrest and tight end Kellen Winslow following the birth of his child.

Morris’ phone calls may have been brief, but they were explicitly prohibited by the NFL, which instituted a zero-tolerance policy prohibiting contact between team employees and players. After Morris made the comments, the NFL reviewed his phone records to confirm the calls before issuing the fine.


Bucs' Raheem Morris Fined For Breaking Lockout Rules, According To Report

During the NFL lockout, teams weren't allowed to have contact with players though it was widely believed that more than a few teams broke those rules. One of those teams, the Bucs, admitted to contacting players during the lockout. Head coach Raheem Morris said he called Aqib Talib when he was arrested and another player when he had a baby.

For that, the NFL has reportedly fined the Bucs. According to Pro Football Talk, the Bucs have been fined $100,000 for violating the rules of contact during the lockout.

PFT reported that three total teams were fined and, besides the Bucs, one of those teams was the Tennessee Titans. Both the league and the Titans deny they were fined. 

Many teams likely broke the rules but every team clearly indicated publicly that they broke the rules, like the Bucs did. 

The names of all three teams reportedly fined haven't come out yet but it'll be interesting to see who was fined, and how they were caught.


Bucs Coach Raheem Morris Admits To Calling Players During NFL Lockout

Bucs head coach Raheem Morris becomes the first coach to admit breaking league rules and talking with his players during the NFL lockout.

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