Updated 12:24 PM EDT, Thu, Oct 21, 2021

Super Bowl XLIX Post-Game Brawl: Four Players Fined For Scuffle

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New England Patriots' Rob Gronkowski and three other players have been fined following the brawl that happened at the end of the Super Bowl last week.

Gronkowski, teammate Michael Hoomanawanui and Seattle Seahawks Michael Bennet were all slapped with $8,268 for striking their opponents, Sporting News reported. Meanwhile, Seattle linebacker Bruce Irvin received a $10,000 fine and was ejected during the game.

To explain the incident, Sporting News said that while the Patriots led the game with four points in the last minute, the Seahawks wanted to push through the line and this was where punches came from both ends.

According to Bleacher Report, it went a little intense after Tom Brady kneeled during the last seconds of the game and noted that almost all players during the game had their part in the scuffle. Fortunately, peace was restored among the warring players as the Patriots celebrated their championship title.

On his Twitter account, Irvin apologized for getting involved in the brawl.

"I want to apologize to all of the younger kids for my actions last night. I was trying to protect my brother and it got out of hand. It's easy to say u would have done different but in the heat of the moment I just reacted when I seen my brother get punched. Still not an excuse and I'm truly sorry to all the 12's and my Wvu family for my actions," Irvin tweeted.

It was a different story for Gronkowski who even bragged about the incident when he appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live.

"I got pushed or something, and it was the last game of the year and I was like, 'Screw it, I'm throwing some haymakers. They just started coming at us. We were just trying to take a knee. [It] just happens; it's football. Just emotions [some] going. It's football, things happen," he was quoted by Bleacher Report as saying.

Many people were saddened and frustrated with the incident as they believed that it could have been a clean game all the way as the Pats deserved their Super Bowl. But such incidents could be hard to avoid especially if emotions are running high.

The main people responsible for the incident will now have to pay for what they have done and learn from the experience the hard way.

The move to fine the NFL players will serve as a lesson to other athletes in the league that incidents like that have no place during the games, much more during the championship match which is watched by millions of people not only in the United States but also around the world.

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