The NFL has fined A.J. Green $42,000 for punching Jacksonville Jaguars cornerback Jalen Ramsey, the Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver told reporters on Thursday.
Green also said he does not plan to appeal the fine.
“I accept my fine, I’ll pay it, and move on,” Green said. “I did something I wasn’t supposed to do so now I have to accept the consequences and that’s fine.”
With less than 30 seconds to play in the first half Sunday, Green put his hand on Ramsey’s shoulder, and Ramsey responded by pushing him in the back. Green jumped up and grabbed Ramsey around the neck, throwing him to the ground. He punched him multiple times as players from both sides rushed off the sidelines and joined the fight. Both were ejected from the game.
Green said he doesn’t think he needs to talk to Ramsey about the incident, he’s just ready to move on.
“I did what I have to do and it’s dead now. I don’t want to talk about it or anything. It’s over, I made a mistake and I’ll move on from here.”
Green said he heard Ramsey’s comments this week, when the cornerback called him “soft and weak.” Green said he didn’t need to respond to it anymore.
“That’s fine,” he said. “I’m done with that and I’m not even going to entertain what he said.”
While Green was not suspended by the league, he said he was ready to accept whatever punishment he would have received.
“I put myself in a position where I hurt my team and I hurt myself. I can’t ever let that happen again. I apologize to the people I hurt and my family. That’s not who I am,” Green said. “I just can’t go out there and black out like that. That was not professional.”
This is only the second time Green has been fined during his career. He was fined $5,787 in 2015 for kicking a ball into the stands after scoring a touchdown.