Minnesota Vikings linebacker Anthony Barr did get fined by the NFL, but not for the offense some expected.
Barr drew considerable attention for the hit he put on Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers last Sunday, a blow that broke Rodgers’ collarbone, causing him to be placed on injured reserve Friday.
Apparently the NFL had no problem with that hit, however, because Barr was not fined for that.
Rather Barr was fined $9,115 for head-butting Packers wide receiver Davante Adams, according to reports from multiple media outlets Friday.
Packers coach Mike McCarthy called the hit on Rodgers “illegal.” The Vikings were not penalized for Barr’s hit on Rodgers.
Barr had defended his hit this week.
“By no means was I trying to injure or take out Aaron Rodgers,” Barr said, according to ESPN. “He’s one of, if not, the best player in this league. I’m not a dirty player. I don’t play dirty. We don’t preach that around here.
“It’s unfortunate, the injury. I hate to see anybody get hurt. It’s a gift and a privilege to be able to play on the field each week, so I would never try and take that away from anybody, let alone one of the best players in our game.”
Barr took responsibility for his head butt, which did cost the Vikings a penalty.
“That’s not me being dirty. That’s just me being stupid,” Barr said. “It cost my team 15 yards in a crucial situation. ”
Also, Vikings wide receiver Laquon Treadwell was fined of $24,309 for an illegal blindside block, according to the St. Paul Pioneer Press.
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