Buccaneers HC Bruce Arians fined $50K by NFL for smacking safety Andrew Adams in helmet

Kyle Newport NFL, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Bruce Arians drew some attention on Sunday for swatting one of his own players in the helmet, and the NFL made it clear that it did not approve of the situation.

Arians was fined $50,000 for his actions, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Media.

Arians walked onto the field and smacked safety Andrew Adams in the helmet during the second half of Tampa Bay’s 31-15 win. The coach confirmed after the game that he was trying to prevent Adams from picking up a penalty for pulling players off the pile.

Some people were bothered by Arians’ actions and found them to be poorly timed considering the circumstances surrounding Antonio Brown’s recent departure from the Bucs.

In any event, Adams did not pick up a penalty. Arians’ wallet, however, is a bit lighter.