Super Bowl brawl: Two Patriots and two Seahawks slapped with fines

NFL issues fines for end of Super Bowl brawl; Seahawks' Bruce Irvin fined $10,000

The NFL has fined Seattle Seahawks linebacker Bruce Irvin and defensive end Michael Bennett along with New England Patriots tight ends Rob Gronkowski and Michael Hoomanawanui for their roles in a minor brawl at the end of Super Bowl XLIX.

In the closing seconds of the game, as New England attempted to kneel out the clock, some shoving began along the line of scrimmage. A few moments later punches were thrown in the end zone.

All this, of course, came after Patriots cornerback Malcolm Butler's interception of Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson on a second-and-goal from the one-yard line. Order was eventually restored and the Patriots walked away with a 28-24 victory over the Seahawks.

Irvin, who was ejected for his part of the scuffle, received the largest fine, $10,000. 

Bennett, Gronkowski and Hoomanawanui will pay $8,628 each for their roles in the fracas. Hoomanawanui was fined for unnecessary roughness, the others for striking an opponent late, the Associated Press said.

Gronkowski tried to play down his involvement when asked about the fight during an appearance on "Jimmy Kimmel Live" on Monday. Later on in the interview he admitted to "throwing some haymakers."

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