It looks like "slide-gate" can finally be put to rest. According to Yahoo! sports on Jan. 24, the NFL has fined Patriots quarterback Tom Brady $10,000 for his slide in the AFC Championship game vs. Baltimore Ravens.
The funny thing about this whole ordeal is that the man who could have been injured, Ravens safety Ed Reed, said the whole thing was no big deal from the beginning.
"I know he's a great player," Reed said after the Ravens earned a spot against the 49ers in Super Bowl XLVII. "I respect Brady and his game for all it stands for, and I know he's not a dirty player. And emotions get going in the game."
In case you missed it, Brady slid to the ground at the end of a run and raised his legs up in the air. He did make contact with Reed, but neither player was injured.
Actually Brady's slide seemed to make everyone on the Ravens mad, except Reed.
However Baltimore's Bernard Pollard was not having any of it. He believes Brady slid that way with intentions of injuring Reed.
"When you slide, obviously, quarterbacks know when they slide, everything is on the ground," Pollard told USA Today on Monday. "He knew what he was doing ... Hopefully, the NFL will do something about it.
The official date hasn't been set yet for next year, but the Patriots are scheduled to face the Ravens in Baltimore according to ESPN.
That's going to be one hard hitting game.