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NFL fines Josh Norman $25,000 for criticizing officiating

Washington Redskins v New York Giants

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - SEPTEMBER 25: Josh Norman #24 of the Washington Redskins runs into head lineman Jerry Bergman #91 as he is celebrating a tackle at MetLife Stadium on September 25, 2016 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.The Washington Redskins defeated the New York Giants 29-27. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

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After Washington cornerback Josh Norman said of field judge Brad Freeman, “You suck,” PFT sought confirmation as to the NFL’s procedure of fining players only if they question the integrity of an official.

“That’s the approach,” NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said via email. “I can’t recall the last time a player was fined.”

He can now reset his mental clock to zero; the NFL has fined Norman $25,000 for his comments about Freeman, according to a source with knowledge of the situation.

“Who is official 88? I’ve gotta know,” Norman said after the 27-27 tie between Washington and Cincinnati at Wembley Stadium. “You suck. I’m just putting it out there. We play a physical game, they know that. We come here international game, it all goes out the window. . . . He needs to be reprimanded.”

Per the source, Norman is appealing the fine.

Although the NFL routinely discloses on request information regarding fines imposed for on-field misconduct, the NFL does not provide on-the-record information regarding fines arising from post-game behavior.