Friday, November 13, 2009

Cutler was fined $20,000 for abusive conduct to game official

It was frustrating enough for the Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler to throw another five interceptions in Thursday night’s game against the San Francisco 49ers. And it was even more frustrating as he had to pay $20,000 the next day for his conduct in last Sunday’s game against the Arizona Cardinals.

The NFL said Friday that the quarterback had abusive conduct toward a game official during the 41-21 home loss to the Cardinals. It was in the third quarter when Cutler made an incomplete pass to tight end Greg Olsen on a fourth-down play. While Cutler thought there should have been an interference penalty, the official ruled that the quarterback should be given an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty.

Along with him was defensive lineman Tommie Harris, who had to pay $7,500 to the league because he punched counterpart in Cardinals jersey Deuce Lutui on the fourth play from scrimmage.

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