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Cannon fined $15,750 for leg whip, Brady’s speech is free

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For the Patriots, the guy who was contrite after the game was the one paying more than the guy who was furious.

The league has confirmed to PFT that Patriots right tackle Marcus Cannon was fined $15,750 for his leg-whip of Panthers defensive end Charles Johnson, while quarterback Tom Brady was not fined for chewing out the game officials on his way off the field.

Cannon’s play was by any reasonable measure a dirty one, which led him to apologize to Johnson after the game. Of course, it resulted in a MCL sprain for Johnson, who will miss this week’s game against the Dolphins.

For Brady, his free speech rights remain free, after he was caught on the broadcast berating the officials who picked up a flag instead of calling a last-second pass interference on Panthers linebacker Luke Kuechly. The Patriots quarterback was in rather salty form, according to amateur lip-readers everywhere, but he was not punished by the league.

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34 Responses to “Cannon fined $15,750 for leg whip, Brady’s speech is free”
  1. thepftpoet says: Nov 22, 2013 3:34 PM

    The league is in love with Brady, Brees & Manning

    If Brady murdered someone, he would only get like a $70 dollar fine and a warning

  2. bradygoat says: Nov 22, 2013 3:37 PM

    Why would Brady be fined for calling out the officials for being the cowards they were? Or is this just another article shaped to attract the Brady/Pats haters like moths to a light? Oh, that’s probably it.

  3. jakeneff says: Nov 22, 2013 3:37 PM

    No need to be a lip-reader, amateur or otherwise. I heard him loud and clear.

  4. apkyletexas says: Nov 22, 2013 3:40 PM

    “The Patriots quarterback was in rather salty form, according to amateur lip-readers everywhere, but he was not punished by the league.”

    =========================

    Didn’t you know that silly things like “rules” don’t apply to Handsome Tom and the Pats?

  5. zam0854 says: Nov 22, 2013 3:46 PM

    Why are we taking shots at Tom Brady? Didnt the refs screw this up? Didnt the refs throw a flag, pick it back up like he didnt mean to throw it, and run off the field like it wasn’t the last play of a game that decided who was going to win? Weren’t the refs suppose to explain why they did what they did?

    I dont like the Pats or Panthers but if it wasnt a pass interference call, then it should have been a hold or illegal contact..

    Some teams get the calls and some dont. I used to always think that the Pats were the “luckiest team” that always “got the calls”. And if Peyton Manning threw that ball at the end of the game, Im willing to bet he’s chasing the refs down the tunnel too asking for an explanation

  6. gronkspike802 says: Nov 22, 2013 3:50 PM

    Since when is it illegal to complain to the refs after the game?? I’ve seen plenty of players do it, why should Brady get fined? Oh yeah, because everybody hates him because he won 3 Super Bowls.

  7. patsfan says: Nov 22, 2013 3:56 PM

    First, Brady’s “salty form” was in the heat of the moment. Had he brought that same salty form to the podium after, he would deserve to be fined.

    Second, The refs deserved to be berated in “salty” terms. Ed Hicchuli gives a better explanation to the coin toss than the refs did to the call.

    Good call or bad, the “Move along, there is nothing to see here” approach made the league and the refs look bad. Hopefully this realization was not lost on the refs or the league.

  8. jjackwagon says: Nov 22, 2013 3:59 PM

    A leg whip that results in an injury should get you kicked out of the game.

  9. hen510 says: Nov 22, 2013 4:00 PM

    This comes as a complete shock to me….

  10. crapdrawers says: Nov 22, 2013 4:01 PM

    zamo854: “I dont like the Pats or Panthers but if it wasnt a pass interference call, then it should have been a hold or illegal contact..”

    No. The ball was in the air, neither of those apply. I’m no fan of either team, but that ball looked pretty uncatchable to me. Gronk had his weight on his heels BEFORE he was contacted. He never would have gotten near the ball, the espn “sports science” charlatan who claimed otherwise is foolish.

  11. ampats says: Nov 22, 2013 4:01 PM

    Wonder how many of the same conversation with the refs that coaches and players have had off camera unlike Brady?

  12. hen510 says: Nov 22, 2013 4:07 PM

    gronkspike802 says: Nov 22, 2013 3:50 PM

    why should Brady get fined? Oh yeah, because everybody hates him because he won 3 Super Bowls.

    I do not hate tom…in fact I love him for losing 2 super bowls.

  13. smokingconch says: Nov 22, 2013 4:08 PM

    Amateur lip readers? There was audio.

    Do you not actually watch the things you report about?

  14. sanitytrek says: Nov 22, 2013 4:09 PM

    Even “IF” the ref’s were wrong, Brady, or any other player for that matter, should NOT be able to talk to the official like that.

    Sorry, the NFL favors Cry-Brady and the Pats. They almost always get their way and when they don’t the cry like they’re the only ones who get jilted.

    Join the rest of the league and accept that not all calls go your way. The love affair with “Tom Terrific” needs to end. And that nick name is super lame by the way!!

  15. sanitytrek says: Nov 22, 2013 4:12 PM

    @zam0854,

    Manning is WAAAAAYYY classier than cry-brady and would never be “chasing the refs down the tunnel too asking for an explanation.”

    He deals with it like a grown man and accepts it.

  16. prestoniam says: Nov 22, 2013 4:16 PM

    I’m pretty sure if that happened to any of you imbeciles then you would be just as angry as he was. You have no right to call him out for that and you’re just acting dumb. You would have been furious in his situation and if you say you wouldn’t, you’re just in denial.
    And sanitytrek, you’re probably a butthurt Buffalo Bills fan. Grow up.

  17. westcoastraider says: Nov 22, 2013 4:21 PM

    Ha… All the patriots fans upset about abad call the refs made that cost them a game….

    Funny how things go full circle…

    One Nation!!!

  18. zombiepatriot says: Nov 22, 2013 4:24 PM

    When it comes to calls in the end it is all about perception. If you want to see certain players get the calls (or teams) that is what you’ll see. Where players like Brady stand out is they tend to be a little more vocal to the refs, which is all part of the game.

    It’s good to see he didn’t get a fine especially with how the circumstance played out. I find no issue if profane language is used just as long as it is not a personal attack on the individual.

    Anyhoo… next game please and the next opportunity for the whiners to whine.

  19. madenatewell says: Nov 22, 2013 4:32 PM

    Man, you can definitely tell which people are pats fans in the comment section. Be it Brady, Manning, Brees, hell even Testeverde if he came back, every player should be held in the same rule set as everyone else…flash back to the panthers raiders game last year, Cam Newton was fined for doing basically the exact same thing and say more than likely the same exact thing…

  20. davidtmp says: Nov 22, 2013 4:38 PM

    Peyton would find a way to include the bad call in a Papa John’s commercial.

  21. marcd81 says: Nov 22, 2013 4:46 PM

    Manning is WAAAAAYYY classier than cry-brady and would never be “chasing the refs down the tunnel too asking for an explanation.”

    He deals with it like a grown man and accepts it.

    you mean the same Manning who threw his offensive line under the bus during a press conference when he was in Indy?

  22. explosionsauce says: Nov 22, 2013 4:56 PM

    I think the Pats were robbed but also watch enough football to know Brady gets away with yelling at refs and spiking the ball when angered; see 49ers v Patriots last season

  23. ialwayswantedtobeabanker says: Nov 22, 2013 5:16 PM

    The League got it right this time.

    Brady’s “speech” should have been free – we saw what prompted it.

    And Cannon should have been penalized – the play was as dirty as a rhino’s ass.

  24. lanman11 says: Nov 22, 2013 5:20 PM

    Brady was just saying what every real man in the nation wanted to say after watching how that game ended. Anyone that says different is a part of the feminized culture we are now living in.

  25. westcoastraider says: Nov 22, 2013 5:58 PM

    In no way do I actively support New England, however that was a PI penalty and should have been called…

    But it was also a fumble and the refs still stood by their call so I can’t feel too bad for them, that’s that karma

  26. leatherhead9 says: Nov 22, 2013 6:16 PM

    As I have been saying, the Panthers got major JOBBED by the refs. This missed call cost the Panthers not only 3 seconds which the Pats would have used to regain the additional 15 yards, but also removed our best defensive player against their AFC division rival this Sunday. The Panthers were the one’s JOBBED by the refs in this game.

  27. j0esixpack says: Nov 22, 2013 6:50 PM

    By not fining Brady the NFL seems to acknowledge that while it technically IS a judgement call by the officials, the NFL front office doesn’t agree with their judgment.

    That’s why the NFL made clear that “procedurally” it was the correct call

    But beyond that they refused to comment further – but we can read behind the lines of this non-fine perfectly clear

  28. j0esixpack says: Nov 22, 2013 7:00 PM

    Even Cannon knew his leg whip was wrong – in the heat of the game sometimes your body just does anything it can to protect your QB

    But he knew – and he apologized.

    Still, I’d take a $15k fine for a Patriots player over an injured Brady any day

    Heck – I’d take a $150k fine

  29. fluiddarkness says: Nov 22, 2013 8:02 PM

    The league has a double-standard with Tom Brady.

  30. tedmurph says: Nov 22, 2013 8:16 PM

    Worst non-call in the gm(besides the Gronk call) was with 5:42 left in the 4th. 3rd and 7 for Carolina. Newton ends up scrambling for the 1rst down after OL # 78 for Carolina tackles DT for the Pats from behind that was about to sack him. Carolina goes on to score the go-ahead TD.

  31. slaugin says: Nov 22, 2013 8:35 PM

    Brady was screaming at the official for not explaining why the flag was picked up. Penalty or not the refs owed an explanation. I find it cowardly that they ran off the field like their pants were on fire

  32. patriotenvy says: Nov 22, 2013 9:43 PM

    If Manning had Brady’s offense to work with the meltdowns would be epic praportion. And his team would have maybe one win.

  33. lemmetalkwouldya says: Nov 23, 2013 9:42 AM

    sanitytrek says: Nov 22, 2013 4:12 PM

    @zam0854,

    Manning is WAAAAAYYY classier than cry-brady and would never be “chasing the refs down the tunnel too asking for an explanation.”

    He deals with it like a grown man and accepts it.
    ———————————————————-
    You have obviously never seen Peyton Manning play an NFL game, son.

  34. cgsuddeath says: Nov 23, 2013 9:26 PM

    About time!!!

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