Oakland Raiders defensive tackle Warren Sapp was fined $75,000 yesterday by the NFL for his confrontation with game officials that led to his ejection last Sunday. Sapp avoided a suspension, however.
Defensive end Derrick Burgess was also fined $25,000 for verbally abusing an official.
The altercation came late in the first half of a 49-11 loss at Jacksonville. The dispute began when Jaguars right tackle Tony Pashos was flagged for illegal hands to the face.
Officials initially said the Raiders declined the penalty, and the Jaguars lined up for a 43-yard field goal attempt. Officials then said Oakland would accept the penalty, making it third and 20 from the Raiders' 35.
Seconds later, officials called the first unsportsmanlike conduct penalty on Sapp, who said Wednesday he was angry the officials declined the penalty without checking first with the Raiders.
That gave the Jaguars an automatic first down, and Sapp started jawing at officials. Sapp and Burgess were flagged for unsportsmanlike conduct penalties. Sapp kept talking and then drew the third penalty and the ejection. Sapp then had to be restrained by teammates and defensive line coach Keith Millard.
Referee Jerome Bogar said after the game that Sapp was ejected for bumping umpire Garth DeFelice. Sapp denied making any contact with an official.
Grievance in doubtPackers linebacker Nick Barnett might not file a formal grievance against official Jim Quirk after all.
"Look, I don't think there's a lot to be gained by a grievance," said Barnett's agent, Chuck Price. "All we're trying to do is to protect Nick."
Quirk, the umpire, grabbed Barnett by the neck and threw him to the ground while breaking up a scuffle during the Packers' loss at Chicago last Sunday.
Price said he doesn't expect Quirk to apologize directly to Barnett, but hopes the league will "step up and acknowledge" that the official's actions were out of line.