Birk fined $5K for removing mic; will appeal
Baltimore Ravens center Matt Birk has been fined $5,000 by the
NFL for removing a microphone from his shoulder pads during a game
against the New York Jets.
The NFL requires centers or offensive guards to wear
Birk says he tore his microphone off after it came loose and was
jabbing his neck. He said because he couldn’t reach it, ”I just
took it off.”
He says he will appeal the fine, in part because he didn’t know
he couldn’t remove the mike. He called it a
Asked if wearing a microphone could provide a competitive
advantage for other teams, Birk said, ”It’s tough to say.” But he
said a lot of the calls sound the same.
Birk says this is the first time he’s been fined for removing