The NFL announced this past Friday that defensive tackle Haloti Ngata was fined $15,000 for leading with his helmet while drilling New York Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez in the back of the Ravens’ 34-17 win Oct. 2.
On Monday, Ngata responded saying the fine was “bull,” according to the Baltimore Sun.
The play led to Sanchez fumbling and and outside linebacker Jarret Johnson scooped the fumble up returning it 26 yards to give the Ravens a 27-7 advantage.
Though the play was reviewed and clearly show Ngata appeared to hit Sanchez with his helmet, the 27-year-old defensive tackle reiterated that the officials did not flag him for roughing the passer.
“I think I kept my face up the whole time,” he said. “I think it’s tough because a lot of guys around the league want that fine to happen. They don’t want to see stuff like that happen to their quarterbacks. It’s tough. I thought it was clean.”