TAMPA — The Bucs will hit the field today in San Francisco $250,000 lighter in the wallet. News came down this morning that the Buccaneers must pay a $250,000 fine for contacting their players during this summer’s NFL lockout.
The NFL reportedly conducted an ‘exhaustive’ investigation into the Buccaneers phone records this summer which ended up totaling more than five calls to players lasting around 16 minutes.
5 calls. 16 minutes. $250,000.
It may seem stiff but if it’s the orice to pay for having a connected team from head coach to head trainer all the way down to the backup center then so be it.
Raheem Morris admitted to calling tight end Kellen Winslow to congratulate him on the birth of his child and he also admitted to calling troubled corner Aqib Talib after he was arrested on assault charges.
If you’re a Bucs fan, this number really means nothing to you however the fact that such a stiff punishment is being brought against your team for a mere 16 minutes of chatter has to be unsettling and upsetting. However, even if the NFL is trying to keep Tampa down; proof that this team is deeply rooted within itself is evident in the lockout violations.
Raheem Morris and the Bucs knew that they were breaking the rules and knew they were going to have to pay a fine yet they called up their players anyways. That speaks volumes about how the organization as a whole is a family. Nothing, not even the threat of a quarter of a million dollar fine, can keep this family apart and that’s such a beautiful thing to see in such a young team.