Bucs fined $250K for Morris' contact with players during lockout
The phone bill for Raheem Morris' calls to players during the NFL lockout just came due for $250,000.
The Bucs were fined by the NFL for Morris' decision to contact players during the lockout, according to multiple reports Sunday.
News of Morris' illegal contact with players surfaced on Sept. 11 in a report on CBS by Charley Casserly. A team source said Morris had telephone conversations with players on seven different occassions, three of them under a minute, one with tight end Kellen Winslow after the birth of his child and one between Morris and former linebacker Niko Koutouvides, who was a free agent and no longer with the team.
The day after reports surfaced, Morris admitted to contacting Winslow and cornerback Aqib Talib when he was arrested for assault with a deadly weapon in March.
"I called Aqib (Talib) when he got (arrested)," Morris said Sept. 12. "I called Kellen (Winslow) when he had a baby."
The NFL checked team phone records to establish whether violations had taken place. The league was explicit in warning teams and coaches that they would be fined if there was any contact with players during the lockout.
The Bucs, who play the 49ers today in San Francisco, had no comment on the fine Sunday.