The NFL fined Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins $12,500 for his comments about officiating following Philadelphia’s Week 14 overtime loss to the Dallas Cowboys.
“That was a pretty terrible call, to be honest,” said Jenkins in an AT&T Stadium locker room last Sunday. “They reviewed it, and the explanation I got was that it wasn’t a clear recovery, although Kamu [Grugier-Hill] had the ball in his hands and it was only Eagles defenders on the ball in replay. So, whoever’s watching that in New York should stay off the bottle.”
Jenkins likely knew a fine was coming his way after making those comments. But telling the truth was worth it.
It’ll never not be ridiculous that the Eagles were not awarded the ball on that play. It is clear as day that Grugier-Hill had possession of the ball after Jenkins stripped it out.
There are only Eagles in this pile along with the fumbled football, and yet they rule no clear recovery after 54 stands up w the ball. pic.twitter.com/lmTH5l60PL— Warren Sharp (@SharpFootball) December 9, 2018
It’s one thing for the refs to miss a bang-bang play. It’s another thing for the replay crew in New York to look at this and say there was no clear recovery by the Eagles. There’s no subjectivity here. The Eagles DID recover this ball. Saying otherwise is like trying to say the sun is purple and grass is orange.
The Eagles got completely screwed out of a huge play that could’ve changed the entire course of that matchup. At the very least, it could’ve been the difference in an overtime battle that ultimately decided the NFC East lead. Jenkins had every right to be frustrated; he shouldn’t regret speaking his mind.
Jenkins reacted to his fine on Twitter:
Was it something I said!? ♂️ https://t.co/QWsbaLktHF— Malcolm Jenkins (@MalcolmJenkins) December 15, 2018
.@Eagles fans I appreciate all of the support. I don’t need Gofundme pages and all that. But if you wanna help let’s raise DOUBLE what I was fined by the @nfl for my charity! @TheMJFoundation DONTATE HERE: https://t.co/YUjOepaAgK #FlyEaglesFly #Givingback— Malcolm Jenkins (@MalcolmJenkins) December 15, 2018
Meanwhile, there’s been no indication that the bozos who botched the replay decision have been punished in any capacity. The league actually hasn’t even addressed this play at all. Instead of publicly standing by the decision or admitting it was wrong, the NFL is just sweeping it under the rug and acting like nothing happened. Pathetic.