On Saturday, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported that the NFL has fined Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid $100,000 and quarterback Patrick Mahomes $50,000 for criticizing officials following Week 14’s 20-17 loss to the Buffalo Bills.
Andy Reid has been fined $100,000 – for violating long-standing league rules prohibiting public criticism of game officials.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) December 16, 2023
Patrick Mahomes has been fined $50,000 – for unsportsmanlike conduct during the fourth quarter of Sunday’s game against Buffalo and for violating…
The action was expected after Reid and Mahomes were uncharacteristically blunt about officiating following a rarely-called offensive offsides foul on wide receiver Kadarius Toney that negated what would have been a spectacular go ahead touchdown. Much of their sentiment stemmed from perceived inconsistency and a lack of a warning about Toney’s alignment from officials.
“Very disappointed that it ended the way it did,” Reid said after the game. “Normally I’ll get – I never use any of this as excuses, but normally I get a warning before something like that happens in a big game. [It’s] a bit embarrassing in the National Football League for that to take place.”
Mahomes — normally one to defend controversial calls — was frustrated to see the call effectively decide the game.
“It’s the call,” he stated in his postgame remarks. “Just in that moment, it’s not even for myself or for me, it’s just I know how much everybody puts into this game and for it to happen on a flag, change the outcome of a game, in that moment. I’ve played seven years and never had that. Never had offensive offsides called — I mean that’s elementary school.”