NFL fines Brad Childress $35,000

In Brad Childress’ mind, maybe the $35,000 fine he received from the NFL was well worth it.

After all, the NFL told the Minnesota Vikings coach that the league admitted two touchdown calls in his team’s 28-24 loss to the Green Bay Packers on Sunday night were wrong.

The NFL came down on Childress today, nonetheless, fining him $35,000 for publicly criticizing officials and for openly disclosing what is supposed to be a private conversation he had with Carl Johnson, the league’s head of officials. ESPN’s Adam Schefter revealed the fine.

Childress said Monday at his press conference that Johnson told him referee Scott Green erred in overturning what originally was a touchdown catch by Vikings tight end Visanthe Shiancoe. Childress was also told that officials made a mistake in ruling a touchdown catch for Packers tight end Andrew Quarless.

In the end, Childress needed to keep his mouth shut. Perhaps sharing the information – letting everyone know his team got the short end of the stick – made him feel better though.

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