Childress hit with $35,000 fine for comments and disclosing a private talk with the league

All the talking that Vikings coach Brad Childress has done recently has not only stirred up a lot of issues with his players, but also now is emptying his own pocket book.

Childress is going to owe the NFL quite a bit of cash for saying the the Sunday night Vikings-Packers game was “the worst officiated game I’ve seen.” For those words, the NFL fined Childress $35,000 for “criticizing officials and disclosing confidential conversations with the officiating department.”

The Viking coach was mostly upset it seemed with a replay reversal of a touchdown catch by Vikings tight end Visanthe Shiancoe. He was also upset by a facemask call against right tackle Phil Loadholt and no call on a hold on Jared Allen that allowed Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers to scramble for a first down.

Childress first rebuked the officials on the postgame radio show on KFAN. He continued his criticism in his postgame news conference, saying “50 drunks in a bar” would have made the correct call on Shiancoe’s catch.

Childress then said Monday to the media that he spoke to Carl Johnson, the league’s vice president of officiating, about the call on the TE. “I was told this morning that that was a touchdown by Carl Johnson,” Childress said. “He was disappointed to see that reversed.”

An NFL spokesman said he was fined “for violating long-standing league policies that prohibit public criticism of officiating and the disclosure of confidential conversations with the head of the NFL officiating department.”

It all seems to be going downhill for Childress and the team, and now all they have to do is go play the Patriots in New England on Sunday. Ouch.

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6 Responses to “Childress hit with $35,000 fine for comments and disclosing a private talk with the league”

  1. bigjohnny84 says:

    Looks like coach of the year Brads is coming unhinged. Not that he was hinged in the first place.

  2. fozz44 says:

    The comments on the officials may have to take a back seat.

    Just heard Dilfer on sports radio out here saying Childress has now lost the team….not that he had them to begin with.

    The players are upset that Chilly sold out their qb. Perhaps it’s a means to an end.

  3. Fran the Man says:

    That 35K is chump change anyway. Wait until he really has to pay for his big mouth when he goes to New England Sunday.
    I don’t if you guys heard but the ‘Ol Childo opened his mouth about the Pats stealing signs (Spygate, last year)
    So now he’s pissed off Belicheck, something you just don’t want to do.

    Pretty sure we might see the epitome of running up the score this Sunday

    • Jon says:

      Is belicheck gonna put on a helmet and go catch a TD?!… people have ran up the score on the patriots every game, they can’t shut down anything, not even the chargers. It’ll be a last quarter game like they all are.

  4. CSlinde says:

    Anyone see the new South Park last night? Funny little Favre bit đŸ™‚

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