The NFL has reportedly fined Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Bruce Arians $50,000 for striking safety Andrew Adams’ helmet during Sunday’s Wild Card Round win over the Philadelphia Eagles.
When he found out about it, the veteran coach had a fiery response.
“I’ll appeal it,” Arians told reporters. “It ain’t got nothing to do with the game, so we’re good.”
The NFL has made it clear that coaches should not be getting physical with their players, so he will more than likely lose that appeal.
Following the Buccaneers’ win on Sunday, Arians explained why he did not regret smacking Andrew Adams on the helmet.
“No, and I’ve seen enough dumb,” Arians said. “You can’t pull guys out of a pile. We just got a big play, great field position, and he’s trying to pull a guy out of a pile, and I was trying to knock him off of that guy so he didn’t get a penalty.”
The Bucs coach came on to the field and smacked Adams on the helmet from behind and elbowed him when the whistle blew after a muffed punt by Eagles returner Jalen Reagor.
The incident was an especially bad look for Arians given he’s been accused by Antonio Brown of trying to force the wide receiver to play through an ankle injury.
Brown responded to the clip of Arians hitting Adams on Tuesday with the caption “pit not the palace.”