San Francisco 49ers’ linebacker Ahmad Brooks was fined $15,750 by the NFL for a hit to the neck area of New Orleans Saints’ quarterback Drew Brees last Sunday.
While Saints’ fans and others saw the tackle as warranting a flag, 49ers’ fans and certain media-types have been have been highly critical of the call that possibly changed the outcome of the 23-20 Saints’ win.
Brooks himself was not happy with the call and ESPN analysts Ray Lewis and Ted Bruschi agreed, even offering to pay the fine. Brooks promptly denied their overtures.
“I never thought I’d get so much support from Ray Lewis and Ted Bruschi,” Brooks said, according to Matt Maiocco at CSN Bay Area.
According to the CSN Bay Area report, Brooks plans to appeal.
“Hopefully, they’ll hear me out because I didn’t intentionally mean to knock him out like that,” Brooks said. “But that’s part of the game. I didn’t hit him in the head. I mean, you can argue that maybe I got him in the neck a little bit, but it was really in the chest, the collarbone area.”
I didn’t hit him with my helmet. It was my arm, I clotheslined him right here in the collarbone and just by him falling and being 5-11, 6-foot, it made it look like I hit him in the neck.”