Vikings coach Brad Childress hit with $35,000 fine for comments


All the talking that Vikings coach Brad Childress has done recently has not only stirred up a lot of issues with his players, but also now is emptying his own pocket book.

Childress is going to owe the NFL quite a bit of cash for saying the the Sunday night Vikings-Packers game was “the worst officiated game I’ve seen.” For those words, the NFL fined Childress $35,000 for “criticizing officials and disclosing confidential conversations with the officiating department.”

The Viking coach was mostly upset it seemed with a replay reversal of a touchdown catch by Vikings tight end Visanthe Shiancoe. He was also upset by a facemask call against right tackle Phil Loadholt and no call on a hold on Jared Allen that allowed Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers to scramble for a first down.

Childress first rebuked the officials on the postgame radio show on KFAN. He continued his criticism in his postgame news conference, saying “50 drunks in a bar” would have made the correct call on Shiancoe’s catch.

Childress then said Monday to the media that he spoke to Carl Johnson, the league’s vice president of officiating, about the call on the TE. “I was told this morning that that was a touchdown by Carl Johnson,” Childress said. “He was disappointed to see that reversed.”

An NFL spokesman said he was fined “for violating long-standing league policies that prohibit public criticism of officiating and the disclosure of confidential conversations with the head of the NFL officiating department.”

It all seems to be going downhill for Childress and the team, and now all they have to do is go play the Patriots in New England on Sunday. Ouch.


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