As expected, Irvin & Bennett fined for brawl

Super Bowl brawlAs expected, Bruce Irvin and Michael Bennett were fined for the brawl at the end of the Super Bowl. So were Patriots tight ends Rob Gronkowski and Michael Hoomanawanui.

Irvin, who was ejected for being the “instigator” — reportedly received the highest fine: $10,000. The rest were docked $8,268.

The real instigator, based on video review of the fight, was Seattle defensive lineman Demarcus Dobbs. And Patriots guard Dan Connolly was lucky not to get fined as well.

As the Patriots ran out the final seconds by kneeling on the ball, Dobbs hit Connolly in the head after the whistle. Then Irvin came over and pushed Connolly. Gronkowski saw what was going on and pushed Irvin in return, and Dobbs and Irvin both got shoves in on Gronk.

Then Bennett jumped into the fray, shoving Gronk as well. Patriots center Ryan Wendell shoved Irvin out of the way and plowed Bennett into the end zone and to the ground while Gronk engaged Irvin and Dobbs and other players rushed to the scene.

Bennett ended up tackling Gronkowski in the end zone and Irvin — not quite done — got into it with Hoomanawanui.

Irvin was ejected. Unlike Doug Baldwin, who was fined $11,025 for his “turddown,” Irvin was apologetic. But he also said he would do it again.

“I was protecting a teammate,” Irvin said after the game. “Emotions flew. I saw somebody hit Mike Bennett, so I went and backed up my brother. I went about it wrong. Emotions were flying high, and I apologize. But if it happened again, I would go protect my teammate. That’s just how it is.”


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