Posted by Will Brinson
We mentioned earlier that Brad Childress was likely to get hit with a fine from the NFL for his comments about the officiating during Sunday night's loss at Green Bay, and the subsequent comments he made about the NFL informing him Visanthe Shiancoe's touchdown should have counted.
Now the results are in -- Childress has been fined $35,000 by the league for his comments.
NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said league policy is not to comment on conversations between Johnson and the clubs. Aiello said Johnson "is obligated to give his factual opinion of any call that is questioned by a club." But the policy also "states that all such conversations are confidential and are not to be discussed publicly," Aiello said.
That's a number that makes sense given what he said; the league has made clear that it doesn't tolerate anyone questioning the quality of its officials, and $25,000 for questioning them been a reasonable standard.
Tack on Childress' public disclosure of private comments from the league, and that's how they likely arrived at the $35K total.
Of course, that stings for Childress since he could have just given everyone in stripes the bird, at the low, low cost of only $5,000 more.
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