The NFL has fined Washington Redskins wide receiver Santana Moss $22,050 for the language that Moss used against two officials during Washington's 24-13 loss to the New York Giants last Sunday, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network.
Moss took to the field to protest the call, first addressing referee Jeff Triplette, for which Moss received an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty. After the penalty was issued, Moss continued arguing, eventually confronting field judge Alex Kemp in a manner similar to Triplette.
At that point, Moss was ejected.
Triplette explained the punishment after the game.
"The player's language and pointing at the official was unsportsmanlike," Triplette said to a pool reporter. "Then a second act took place with another official. Language – very, very inappropriate language that was derogatory toward the official. That precipitated the disqualification."
The reversal took away Griffin's 8-yard touchdown run that would have given Washington a 17-7 lead going into halftime. After the game, Moss expressed regret for his actions but also frustration over the team's recent misfortune.
"I'll do better next time in that situation, but I hope this team can learn something from that...I was excited, man, and when I saw the call overturned – it only happens to us." Moss said. "It feels like every time we do something good, something bad comes out of it, and it's only been happening to us."
"It's been 10 years of this...and I let that get the best of me, and I know better."
Moss, 35, has appeared in eight games this season, recording seven receptions for 91 yards. Washington (3-11) is fourth in the NFC East and hosts the Philadelphia Eagles (9-5, second in the NFC East) on Saturday afternoon.
- Christopher Woody