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Report: Andy Reid, Patrick Mahomes receive fines for criticizing officials

Kansas City’s head coach and quarterback will have significantly lighter wallets this week.

Buffalo Bills v Kansas City Chiefs Photo by David Eulitt/Getty Images

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.

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.”

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