Chargers outside linebacker Antwan Barnes bumped an official in Sunday’s regular-season finale. That was a big mistake.
Barnes was ejected from the game, and now the NFL has fined him $25,000.
That’s a disappointing ending to what had been an outstanding season for Barnes. After bouncing around the league as a reserve and special teams player in Baltimore and Philadelphia, he had found his place in San Diego in 2011. Barnes became a starter for the first time in his career and had 11 sacks.
Sunday’s game was the second week in a row that Barnes found himself in a confrontation. Barnes also mixed it up with Lions center Dominic Raiola prior to their Week 16 game, but he was not fined for that.