The NFL has hit Bruce Arians in the pocket for his actions on Sunday.
The Tampa Bay Bucs head coach was fined $50,000 by the league after he ran on the field and smacked his own safety, Andrew Adams, in the side of the head, according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.
Arians defended his actions on Monday, explaining that he was trying to stop Adams from committing a penalty.
Adams appeared to be pulling on the leg of an Eagles player after the Bucs had recovered a fumble on a punt return.
The play unfolded in front of the Bucs sideline, where Arians smacked Adams against the helmet and shoved him back with his elbow.
“I’ve seen enough dumb,” Arians said on Monday, per the Tampa Bay Times. “You can’t pull guys out of the pile. We just got a big play, great field position and he’s trying to pull a guy out of the pile and I was trying to knock him off that guy so he didn’t get a penalty.”
Many fans on social media were quick to criticize Arians for putting his hands on a player like that, and it appears the NFL is in agreement.
It also came two weeks after Antonio Brown left the team in the middle of the game, which stemmed from a sideline conversation with Arians.
Nonetheless, Arians and the Bucs will look to move on as they prepare to face the Los Angeles Rams in a Divisional Round matchup on Sunday, with the winner advancing to the NFC Championship Game.