Originally created 01/12/00

Redskin player fined, suspended one game



ASHBURN, Va. -- Washington Redskins guard Tre Johnson was fined $50,000 Tuesday and suspended for the first game of next season for fighting and hitting an official in Saturday's game.

Twenty-three players -- 15 Redskins and eight Detroit Lions -- were fined a total of $154,000 for the melee in Washington's 27-13 victory in the first round of the playoffs.

Johnson's fine comes in two parts: $30,000 for striking back judge Bill Leavy on the head, knocking off his cap in the process; and $20,000 for what the NFL called his extensive involvement in the fight.

"After deliberately engaging in conduct that directly violated the playing rules by fighting," commissioner Paul Tagliabue wrote in a letter to Johnson, "you then attempted to resume fighting after order had been restored. As a result, you struck a game official in what can only be described as knowing and deliberate conduct in complete disregard for both the rules of play and the safety of the game officials on the field."