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Buccaneers' Morris fined $20,000 for dispute with officials



Bucs coach Raheem Morris just divulged that he was fined $20,000 by the NFL, likely for his in-game conduct to officials during Sunday's game.

Morris was flagged for an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty during the second quarter against the Dolphins. Back judge Greg Wilson assessed the penalty.

Morris declined to criticize officials in his comments to the media, but he admitted to using foul language against the officials.

The dispute stemmed from a would-be reception by Michael Clayton that was ruled an interception by Jason Taylor after a replay review. After Morris' penalty, the Dolphins took possession at the Tampa Bay 8-yard line and went on to score a pivotal touchdown. 

"I learned my lesson," Morris said. "It was my fault. I made a mistake. No doubt about it."

-- Stephen F. Holder, Times Staff Writer

[Last modified: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 3:49pm]


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