The NFL fined New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady $10,000 on Wednesday for unnecessary roughness for his aggressive slide towards Baltimore Ravens safety Ed Reed, reports NFL.com.
Brady was trying to run for a first down when he slid and made contact with Reed's thigh in the second quarter of the Patriots' 28-13 loss to the Ravens in the AFC Championship Game. Brady was not penalized on the play.
Reed said Brady later apologized via text message.
"You know, I understand Brady's point," Reed told WJF-FX, via NFL.com. "Him protecting himself. I know he's a great player. I respect Brady and his game for all it stands for, and I know he's not a dirty player. And emotions get going in the game.
"I told him -- you know, we talked. We talked actually not too long ago, we talked on the phone. He actually reached out to me, texted me. I tried to text him back, but the message exploded after 12 seconds, so I had to call him ... and he's just apologized and what not. But I told him, 'You know, it's good, man.'" GALLERY: TOM BRADY AND CONTROVERSY