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New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) slides to avoid a hit from Baltimore Ravens free safety Ed Reed (20) during the second quarter of the AFC championship game at Gillette Stadium. / David Butler II, USA TODAY Sports

Let us end the controversy over a quarterback's slide here.

Tom Brady was fined $10,000 by the NFL on Wednesday for unnecessary roughness in the AFC Championship Game against the Ravens, NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reported. The Patriots quarterback raised his leg as he hit the deck in the second quarter, nearly taking out Ravens safety Ed Reed in the process.

The actual figure of the fine is relatively insignificant. What matters is that Brady was penalized whatsoever.

This move seems like it belongs in the "stars are just like us" segment of "US Weekly." Relax, defensive players (or maybe just Bernard Pollard) -- quarterbacks have to pay when they endanger others, too!

But it's hard not to laugh at the fine when you consider that 49ers running back Frank Gore was docked $10,500 for wearing his socks too low in the NFC Championship Game. So sartorial missteps are $500 in penalties worse than reckless plays. Noted, NFL. Noted.

Here's hoping all of this money went to an important cause, such as an organization dedicated to sock-droopiness awareness



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