Bernard Pollard wants Tom Brady fined for slide kick
At the end of an impromptu run down the left side of the field, Tom Brady made a feet-first slide with Baltimore Ravens free safety Ed Reed coming at him in the last 20 second of the first half. While everyone escaped the collision unscathed, running over the play in his mind Bernard Pollard caught on to little detail that could have made the situation quite worse. Quarterback often slide to avoid injuries from oncoming hits, but as Tom Brady slid down the field he seemed to have his right foot feet a few feet above the ground in what seemed an effort to protect himself as Ed Reed ran in. Ed Reed saw Tom Brady’s foot coming and attempted to jump over hit but Brady ended up kicking him.
"You've got to keep them legs down," said Bernard Pollard. "You've got to keep the legs down. We all know and understand what's going on there. And as a quarterback, when you go to slide, we're taught . . . we can't do anything.
“When you come sliding, and your leg is up in the air trying to kick somebody,” added Bernard Pollard, “that's bull crap."
Watching the play slide-by-slide makes it look even worse, and it’s easy to see Bernard Pollard’s argument. Had it been a defensive player, he would have been mercilessly called out by the media and heavily fined by the NFL. Bernard Pollard wants to see the fairness of the process upheld and Tom Brady similarly fined for his first half slide kick.
"If you want to keep this going in the right direction,” said Bernard Pollard, “everyone should be penalized for their actions.”
Bernard Pollard further implicated that Tom Brady “knew what he was doing,” and the disciplining “has to go both ways.
“Hopefully the NFL will do something about it,” continued Bernard Pollard. “If they don't, that's fine. If they do, then that's fine."