Originally posted on Helmet2Helmet  |  Last updated 11/17/12

'Fine Friday' now applies to more than just the league's players.

In a statement released today, the NFL announced that referee Tony Corrente has been fined a game check for using inappropriate language during a Nov. 4 game between the Dolphins and Colts.

"The fine was issued by NFL Vice President of Officiating Carl Johnson," the statement reads. "In the fourth quarter of the game, Corrente inadvertently left his microphone on during a conference with members of the officiating crew.

"During that conference, Corrente used obscenities that were clearly audible to the network television audience and to the crowd at Lucas Oil Stadium. This conduct is inappropriate for a game official.

"Corrente has apologized to the Colts organization and we are confident it will not happen again."

Corrente, who's worked as an official for nearly two decades, apologized for his mistake, which ended up costing him dearly. The fine itself isn't surprising, nor is it unjust; the NFL tries to hold all of its employees to the same standard.

That being said, players, whose salaries dwarf those of the referees, never lose a full game check and what they end up paying is usually but a drop in the bucket. It's highly debatable whether Corrente should've been penalized so heavily for a common human error.

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