Arians to appeal $50,000 fine for slapping player's helmet

Posted at 7:07 PM, Jan 19, 2022
and last updated 2022-01-19 19:08:11-05

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Bruce Arians says he’ll appeal a $50,000 fine imposed by the NFL for slapping the helmet of one of his players during last Sunday’s 31-15 NFC wild-card playoff victory over the Philadelphia Eagles.

Arians said he was trying to prevent safety Andrew Adams from drawing a penalty for pulling players out of a pile.

The coach stepped a short distance off the sideline and struck the player’s helmet with his hand before trying to push Adams away from Eagles players.

Arians said earlier this week that he didn't feel he had done anything wrong.