Thu, Nov 21, 2013 at 3:57 PM
Ray Lewis will pay half of Ahmad Brooks' fine for hit on Drew Brees
Former Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis is a man of his word, and is putting his money where his mouth was. Lewis, now an ESPN analyst, declared during the network's Monday Night Football's coverage that if 49ers linebacker Ahmad Brooks was fined for his controversial hit on Saints quarterback Drew Brees on Sunday, he would pay half of it.
ESPN analyst Ray Lewis: "I will see Ahmad on Monday and I will have a check in hand for half of the fine."
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) November 20, 2013n
ICYMI: Ray Lewis said on Monday Night Countdown that if the NFL fines Ahmad Brooks, he would pay half of the fine! pic.twitter.com/cgOSCdL6mn
— ESPN Monday Night (@ESPNMondayNight) November 19, 2013n
Turns out the NFL decided to hit Brooks with a $15,750 fine on Wednesday. Soon after, Lewis told ESPN's Adam Schefter that he would indeed be good for what amounts to $7,875. Although Lewis did swing around an American Express credit card, he plans to give Brooks a check.
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With 3:18 left in the fourth quarter and New Orleans down 20-17 to San Francisco, Brooks had a strip sack of Brees with the 49ers recovering the fumble. But Brooks was called for a personal foul, a blow to the neck and head of the quarterback, which negated the turnover and allowed the Saints to tie the game, 20-20, before eventually winning it, 23-20. Given the angle Brooks took and how Brees looked so awkward, it led to the expected controversy questioning the call.
After the game, Brooks wasn't shy about his disappointment in the call, wondering if the officials favored the Saints. Lewis and fellow linebacker Tedy Bruschi, also an ESPN analyst, were among that most vocal in Brooks' favor.