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Tom Brady appealing tripping fine: 'I missed him. Completely!'

1/24/2023 8:28:04 PM
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Tom Brady is appealing a fine for attempting to trip Dallas Cowboys safety Malik Hooker during a fumble return in the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' wild-card loss that ended their season, Victoria Hernandez of USA Today reports.

The star quarterback spoke on the incident in an episode of his "Let's Go!" podcast released Monday. He said that he's frustrated by the $16,444 fine and that he is being punished for a play that didn't even turn out how he intended.

"I tried to tackle him with my right shoulder and missed him. And I wasn't going to try to stick my arm out, so I was trying to get him on the ground. I tried to get him on the ground and I missed him. Completely!" Brady said. "I didn't even hit him. I tried to trip him, but I didn't!

"So I don't know how you can get fined for something that didn't even happen. Are they finding an intention? It's like targeting and you missed the person you hit and they still call it targeting. I gotta figure out and understand why this is the case. This is why I wish out NFLPA was stronger."

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