Cincinnati Bengals’ Andrew Whitworth was fined, along with four other Raiders players for their participation in a fight during last Sunday’s matchup. The offensive tackle and Oakland defender’s Desmond Bryant, Lamarr Houston, Tommy Kelly, and Matt Shaughnessy were ordered to pay $26,250 to the league for their involvement in the on-field skirmish.
The fight occurred after a controversial inadvertent whistle call that gave Cincinnati a second chance at third down. When the Bengals lined up to re-play the down, a false start was called. Lamarr Houston either did not hear the whistle, or out of frustration, threw the Bengals quarterback to the ground well after the whistle.
Andrew Whitworth, defending his quarterback like he had been taught, approached Houston and the two butted facemasks. As soon as that occurred, the other Oakland defenders came to Houston’s aid and the fight began. In the end, Whitworth, Houston, and Kelly were all ejected from the game.
Whitworth was quoted earlier this week, calling the Raider’s players that got in on the action “cowards” and went as far as to say if he were to watch the tape, he would probably go after the guys in question. Regardless of why or who started and ended the fight, all are being punished equally in the skirmish.