Patriots quarterback Tom Brady was fined $10,000 by the NFL for making contact with Ravens safety Ed Reed on a slide late in the first half of the AFC Championship Game, according to a league source.
During the final minute of the first half, Brady slid to the ground to end an impromptu run. The quarterback had one leg raised a few feet off the ground and it hit Reed, who emerged from the play without injury.
A.B. According to Forbes the $10,000 fine equals .013% of Brady & Giselle’s 2011-12 combined earnings. It’s also the equivalent of fining the average American who makes $40,000/year a total of $5.20. So while football pundits will say the fine was meant more as a statement by the league than anything else – what’s the point of fining someone the equivalent of a Big Mac combo meal?