Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Corey Mays got an unfortunate letter from the NFL offices this week. Per Bill Williamson of ESPN.com, Mays has been fined $5,000 for an unnecessary roughness penalty in the Chiefs 37-7 loss to the San Diego Chargers.
The hit came on the Chargers second possession of the first half. Philip Rivers scrambled 11 yards to the Chiefs 10 yard line and was met by Mr. Mays. The Chiefs were penalized five yards on the play.
The Chargers scored a touchdown on the possession.
$5,000 is actually about 1% of Mays' base salary, which will pay him $535,000 on his one year contract with the Chiefs.
In the game against the New York Giants, safety Jarrad Page drew penalty flags for a hit one a defenseless receiver. Many of us objected after seeing the replay the league office agreed by not issuing Page a fine.
In the Dallas Cowboys game, receiver Bobby Wade was on the wrong side of a similar hit from safety Alan Ball, who was fined for the hit.
Fines from the league are given to one of the NFL's charities. So, not a complete loss.