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Bears LB Cassius Marsh hit with ‘sinful’ fine, plans appeal: report

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The NFL just doubled in on one of the most questionable penalties in recent times.

When Chicago Bears linebacker Cassius Marsh sacked Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger in the fourth quarter of their Monday Night Football match in Week 9, Marsh did something he always did: he celebrated the expulsion with a kick in Air. Marsh then took several steps toward the Steelers’ sidelines without saying a word before turning to run from the field. As he ran away, it looked very much like Referee Tony Corrente had contacted him:

“On my way to the sideline, the referee checked my hip and that’s pretty clear.” Marsh said after the game. “If I did that to a referee, or even touched a referee, we would be kicked out of the game and possibly suspended and fined. I think that’s just incredibly inappropriate. “

Now, almost a week later, Marsh has been fined nearly $ 6,000 for unsportsmanlike conduct.

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“The league told Marsh on Friday that he would be fined $ 5,972 for unsportsmanlike conduct, a source told NFL.com,” NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero reported on Nov. 13. “

You have to feel with Marsh, a fellow defender who signed up to Chicago’s training team a week before the game.

“I think that was just bad timing” Marsh said. “I think it was pretty clear to anyone who saw it that I wasn’t mocking. I’ve celebrated this celebration all my career and it’s just sad to see something like this happen in such a close match. It’s just tough, man. “

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NFL Senior Vice President of Officiating Perry Fewell defended Corrente this week, said Marsh “took several steps towards the Pittsburgh Bank and moved towards its sidelines”. Now the fine was pinned, and Twitter had a few words on everything:

NBC Sports’ Peter King called the fine “sinful:”

Former Bears Scouting Director Greg Gabriel noted that the league did not improve the situation for everyone involved:

Others simply pointed it out the head-scratching hypocrisy of the NFL when it comes to handing out fines lately:

Some also wondered where the fine for Corrente was:

Marsh will likely appeal this week, and the results should be in shortly afterwards. The bears are having their farewell week, but it’s clear the team won’t hold this game against Marsh.

“That was a BS call,” Bears, who started inside linebacker Roquan Smith, said of the mocking penalty over NBC Sports. “The man has had this celebration all his career, and that’s what it’s supposed to be called – but hey, it is what it is. … It sucks. It’s just about going to the next piece and we just need to get rid of those self-inflicted wounds like this one. It’s never good. “

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Marsh will likely appeal this week, and the results should be in shortly afterwards. The bears are having their farewell week, but it’s clear the team won’t hold this game against Marsh.



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