Tuesday night we reported how the NFL was cashing in on photos on the hits from Sunday’s game that drew fines of $150,000 on three players. Today the NFL quickly said ‘sorry’ for the error, and pulled the photos from NFL.com.
Pictures of hits by Patriots cornerback Brandon Meriweather and Steelers linebacker James Harrison, which resulted in fines of $50,000 and $75,000, respectively, were made available by an outside vendor that used an automated process, the league said.
“We regret mistake,” NFL spokesman Greg Aiello tweeted Wednesday. “Those photos will be removed ASAP & we will ensure no photos of illegal plays r available again.”
Harrison said in a radio interview on Wednesday in reference to the photos that “I guess they want to get their money on the front end and the back end.”
“We regret the mistake,” the NFL said in a statement. “The photos have been taken down and we will ensure that no photos of illegal plays will be available again.”