Ravens' Matthew Judon fined $35K for contacting official; Saints' CJ Gardner-Johnson fined for fight

Cassandra Negley
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Baltimore Ravens outside linebacker Matthew Judon was docked $35,096 for inadvertently contacting an official as part of the fines the NFL handed out for Week 8 transgressions.

New Orleans Saints defensive back C.J. Gardner-Johnson was fined more than $5,000 for unsportsmanlike conduct that resulted in a melee between the Saints and Chicago Bears.

Ravens’ Matthew Judon fined $35K for touching official

Baltimore's Matt Judon was fined more than $35,000 for inadvertent contact with an official. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
Baltimore's Matt Judon was fined more than $35,000 for inadvertent contact with an official. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

Judon made contact with an official during a fight in the Ravens’ loss to the undefeated Pittsburgh Steelers. He was ejected from the game and is expected to pay $35,096.

Judon, 28, appeared to push an official, then threw a punch that landed on the official’s right arm. In the video it was hard to tell if he knew it was a referee.

He released a statement after the game saying he “would never intentionally make contact with an official.” Judon said he was trying to free his arm since it was being held back. Accidental or not, it draws a fine.

Saints’ Gardner-Johnson fined in Wims incident

Gardner-Johnson’s fine stemmed from a fight in the Saints-Bears game. Bears wide receiver Javon Wims threw two punches at Gardner-Johnson’s head midway through the third quarter, earning himself an ejection. He appeared to be defending teammate Anthony Miller, who had already gotten into it with Gardner-Johnson.

Tensions between Gardner-Johnson and Wims were mounting throughout the game and Gardner-Johnson was seen ripping Wims’ mouthpiece off his facemask. He faces a $5,128 fine for “unsportsmanlike conduct.”

Wims was already suspended two games by the NFL earlier in the week. Wims reportedly told officials that Gardner-Johnson had spit on him. The Saints defensive back denied those reports and said Wims “if he’s acting out, that’s on him. It wasn’t no incident.”

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