York High grad Bruce Arians fined $50,000 by NFL for slapping helmet of Bucs safety

RICK STROUD
Tampa Bay Times (TNS)
Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Bruce Arians

TAMPA, Fla. – Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Bruce Arians has been fined $50,000 by the National Football League for slapping the helmet of safety Andrew Adams during Sunday’s 31-15 win over the Eagles in an NFC wild-card playoff game.

The York High graduate said he was trying to prevent Adams from getting a penalty for pulling Eagles players off the pile following a muffed punt by Jalen Reagor that the Bucs recovered.

The 69-year-old coach, who is hobbled by a bad Achilles tendon, went onto the field and brushed his hand against the side of Adams’ helmet before trying to push him away from Eagles players.

Arians said Monday he didn’t think he did anything wrong when he confronted Adams.

“I’ve seen enough dumb,” Arians said. “You can’t pull guys out of a 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.”

Still, the NFL didn’t like the way it looked. It wasn’t exactly Ohio State’s Woody Hayes punching Clemson’s Charlie Bauman in 1978, but the league decided to make Arians pay for his mistake.

Arians said he will appeal the fine but didn’t want to comment further.

“I’ll appeal it,” he said. “It ain’t got nothing to do with the game, so we’re good.”