The NFL is really standing behind the controversial taunting penalty against Chicago Bears defensive end Cassius Marsh during the Bears-Steelers game last Monday night.
The league actually fined Marsh $5,972 on Saturday for “unsportsmanlike conduct.”
The penalty was very costly for the Bears as the Marsh sack on Ben Roethlisberger should’ve made it forth down. The penalty gave the Steelers a new set of downs to more time off the clock before kicking a field goal.
That play didn’t decide the game, as the Bears took a lead on their next possession. The Steelers battled back, however, on a last-second field goal.
After the game, Marsh echoed the sentiment that many others had regarding the penalty, not agreeing with. He also pointed out that he believed official Tony Corrente “hip-checked” him as he was jogging off the field, calling the act “incredibly inappropriate.”
Marsh, 29, was signed the Bears’ practice squad in November. He was activated for the team’s Week 9 game against the Steelers due to multiple injuries on the Bears’ defense.