Seahawks’ Irvin, Bennett fined for Super Bowl scuffle; Hawks lose LB coach Ken Norton Jr. to Raiders
SEATTLE — Seahawks linebacker Bruce Irvin has been fined $10,000 by the NFL for his role in a scuffle with 18 seconds left in the Super Bowl. Three other players received lesser fines.
Seattle defensive end Michael Bennett and New England Patriots tight ends Rob Gronkowski and Michael Hoomanawanui were fined $8,628 each. Hoomanawanui was fined for unnecessary roughness, the others for striking an opponent late.
The shoving began after Patriots quarterback Tom Brady took a knee following cornerback Malcolm Butler’s interception with 20 seconds left in the Patriots’ 28-24 victory. Irvin was ejected and apologized for his actions.
The NFL said earlier that Seattle wide receiver Doug Baldwin was fined $11,025 for unsportsmanlike conduct after his 3-yard touchdown catch that gave the Seahawks a 24-14 lead.
Meanwhile, the Oakland Raiders announced Friday that they had hired Seahawks linebackers coach Ken Norton Jr. as the team’s defensive coordinator.
That leaves two openings on the Seahawks defensive staff, as defensive coordinator Dan Quinn was hired Monday by the Atlanta Falcons as that team’s head coach.
The Seahawks have not yet named a new defensive coordinator.
Norton has spent the previous five seasons with the Seattle Seahawks as their linebackers coach.
Norton is an 18-year NFL veteran — 1988-2000 as a player and 2010-14 as a coach. He and new Raiders head coach Jack Del Rio played alongside one another as linebackers on the Dallas Cowboys from 1989-91.