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Sport NFL cracks down on criticizing refs with fines for Baker Mayfield, Clay Matthews

02:40  20 october  2019
02:40  20 october  2019 Source:   sports.yahoo.com

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Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield , Rams linebacker Clay Matthews and Lions safety Tracy Walker were all fined ,500 for Mayfield , Matthews each fined for criticizing refs . The NFL dished out several fines Saturday to players who criticized the officiating in last week's slate of games.

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The NFL seems to be fed up with its players saying they’re fed up with the level of officiating this year.

a man wearing a uniform: Baker Mayfield was not happy with the officiating after the Browns' loss to the Seahawks. He wasn't alone. (AP Photo/David Richard)© Provided by Oath Inc. Baker Mayfield was not happy with the officiating after the Browns' loss to the Seahawks. He wasn't alone. (AP Photo/David Richard)

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The league has fined Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield, Los Angeles Rams linebacker Clay Matthews and Detroit Lions defensive back Tracy Walker $12,500 each for their comments on officiating after a rough week for the referees, according to NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero.

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All three players publicly ripped into a variety of questionable calls during last week’s games.

Mayfield started things off after a ludicrous illegal blindside block penalty was called on Browns receiver Jarvis Landry during the third quarter of last week’s loss to the Seattle Seahawks. He also predicted this punishment would be coming.

From the Akron Beacon Journal:

“The refs are never an excuse,” Mayfield said in his postgame news conference. “I’ll probably get fined for saying this, but it was pretty bad today. [Seahawks rookie safety Marquise Blair was] squared up with [Landry], running at him, he’s lowering his head into Jarvis. What’s [Landry] supposed to do? Avoid him? This isn’t bull fighting. I don’t know. It ticks me off.”

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Walker got his punishment after the worst-called game of the week: the debacle that was the Green Bay Packers’ win over the Lions.

In a game that saw the Packers significantly helped by three blown calls in the game’s final minutes, Walker joined Barry Sanders, Ninja and more in blasting the refs.

From the Detroit Free Press:

“Extremely pissed off right now,” Walker said. “It is what it is. Disappointed. Hurt. We had that game. it’s going — I’m going to say the same [expletive], we should have won it. It is what it is, though. Got to bounce back.”

Asked who he was angry at, Walker said: “Honestly, just the whole game in itself.”

“I feel like we could have had a better game and we was supposed to come victorious with that game but Green Bay came to play,” he said. “There was some awful, awful calls, but we got to play through that. We got to overcome those, and so we didn’t, obviously, and we came up short.”

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Told he might get fined for his comments, Walker said he didn’t care.

Matthews’ comments were the most public of the three, and also came in the aftermath of the Packers-Lions game. The linebacker went so far as to call out Al Riveron, the NFL’s vice president of officiating, by name.

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Cleveland Browns wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. shielded Baker Mayfield from criticism Thursday amid the quarterback's substandard first half of the season. "You can't sit here and say it's all on him," Beckham said in reference to the critique of Mayfield, according to ESPN's Jake Trotter. "You have to take a look at everything going on around him. Obviously, he has to play better. I have to play better. Jarvis (Landry) has to play better. (Nick) Chubb. We all have to do better." Beckham and Mayfield have both struggled so far in 2019, with the latter failing to build upon his successful rookie campaign.

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