NFL fines O’Hara, Cole $15K

New York Giants center Shaun O’Hara and Philadelphia Eagles

defensive end Trent Cole have been fined $15,000 by the NFL for a

scuffle at the end of Sunday’s game at Giants Stadium.

O’Hara, who plans to appeal, appeared to stiff-arm Cole in

the facemask in the closing seconds of the Eagles’ 45-38 win. Cole

retaliated by throwing a couple of punches.

“I know that it was a very physical game and there was a lot

going on, a lot of things that escalated up to that point,” O’Hara

said. “One thing I’ll say is I’m always going to stick up for

myself and stick up for my teammates. There was certainly a lot of

pushing and shoving, but I felt the pushing and shoving was going

both ways until it escalated.”

Cole apologized for his actions earlier this week.

“It was a situation that got ugly and got out of hand, and

now I have to pay the consequences for my actions and I’m going to

move forward,” Cole said. “Whatever punishment the NFL deals to

you, you have to take it. I don’t think they’re going to be unfair

about it … I’m the one that was out there tussling and

fighting.”

O’Hara expected to be fined, but he said he was surprised by

the amount. He also was stunned that Cole got the same amount

because the defensive end grabbed his facemask, pulled him down,

and punched him.

O’Hara said his appeal probably won’t be heard until

February. He isn’t very hopeful he will win.

“My Christmas presents are going to be a little bit smaller

this year,” he quipped.