GREEN BAY – Clay Matthews’ hit on San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick cost him $15,000. But the Green Bay Packers outside linebacker wasn’t the only player fined for his actions in that game.
In fact, more money will be coming out of 49ers’ pocketbooks than Matthews’.
An NFL spokesman said Friday afternoon that Matthews had indeed been fined $15,000 for tackling Kapernick high on the sideline after Kaepernick scrambled out of bounds. The official word was that Matthews was fined for “striking an opponent late.”
But 49ers linebacker Ahmad Brooks was also fined, per a league spokesperson, receiving a $12,750 fine for his roughing the passer penalty on Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers. And 49ers wide receiver Anquan Boldin was fined $7,875 for a late hit in the third quarter on Packers cornerback Jarrett Bush.
Thus, the two 49ers players were fined more ($20,625) combined than Matthews was.
Matthews had been unwilling to talk about the fine on Thursday, which he was informed of before it became public Friday.
“I'm an awesome player,” Matthews told reporters at his locker after Thursday’s practice. “I'm not a dirty player.”
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