The NFL fined the Los Angeles Chargers’ Joey Bosa $55,456 for unsportsmanlike conduct and his public criticism of officials following last week’s 31-30 loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars.
The Los Angeles Chargers were up 27-0 over the Jags but they blew the lead and their loss eliminated them from the playoffs.
In the midst of Jacksonville’s comeback, Bosa was called two unsportsmanlike penalties, the second of which came after he slammed his helmet into the ground in reaction to what he believed to be a missed false start.
Bosa took responsibility for his actions, but still criticized the officials.
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“I mean, if I tell them anything, I get fined $40,000. But if they botch a call that ruins a team’s entire season, they can… They’ll probably go back to the locker room after the game like, ‘Haha, I’ve got that hole. Oh , yeah, I got it 15 yards. What a loser,'” he said. “I guarantee it. That’s how they’re talking in the back. Whatever the power trip. I’m sick of those people.”
Bosa noted that his penalties were the result of a “heated match” and playing injured. Bosa missed a dozen games with an injury suffered in Week 3 against Jacksonville.
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“I really, really want to say some things. I need to be more responsible for my actions, obviously, but it’s a heated game and it hurts,” Bosa said. “I’m playing with half a leg. They’re dragging me to the ground, whatever it is, it could hurt me and ruin our team.”
“And, yeah, maybe some of them weren’t as brazen as I thought, but I don’t know. I think there just needs to be more responsibility.”
The Jaguars’ comeback was the third-biggest in playoff history, and the victory earned them a date with the Kansas City Chiefs on Saturday in the AFC divisional round.
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Bosa’s brother, Nick, is a running back for the San Francisco 49ers, who host the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday at 6:30 pm ET.