The NFL waited until Monday to announce they were going to punish a Kansas City Chiefs player for an illegal play they made in their Super Bowl victory over the San Francisco 49ers.

The NFL didn’t announce a fine on Saturday

USATSI 22500990 168400517 lowresFeb 11, 2024; Paradise, Nevada, USA; San Francisco 49ers fullback Kyle Juszczyk (44) runs with the ball against Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Nick Bolton (32) during the first quarter Super Bowl LVIII at Allegiant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports
As Michael David Smith with NBC Sports noted this weekend, on Saturday, the league sends out announcements regarding fines for the previous week’s play. The league did not make any announcement on Saturday. Analysts thought Chiefs linebacker Nick Bolton and cornerback L’Jarius Sneed could face fines for infractions during the Super Bowl.

The league waited until President’s Day to punish Bolton.

Nick Bolton received a hefty fine

Tyreek Hill, Miami Dolphins, Kansas City Chiefs peacockNov 5, 2023; Frankfurt, Germany; Miami Dolphins wide receiver Tyreek Hill (10) carries the ball against Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Nick Bolton (32) in the second half during an NFL International Series game at Deutsche Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
According to Smith, the league confirmed on Monday that Bolton would receive a fine upwards of $8,000 for a horse-collar tackle:

Chiefs linebacker Nick Bolton was the only player fined for an on-field, safety-related violation in Super Bowl LVIII.

Bolton was flagged for a horse-collar tackle on 49ers quarterback Brock Purdy during the second quarter of the game. And now the NFL has confirmed that Bolton was also fined $8,238 for the penalty.
Here’s a video of the horse-collar tackle Bolton was fined for, per WC Sports TV:

Was this hit a Horse Collar Penalty on Brock Purdy ‼️🏈😭

— WC Sports TV 🎥 (@wcsportsx) February 12, 2024


There goes some gambling money

Kansas City Chiefs, Patrick Mahomes, San Francisco 49ers, Super BowlFeb 11, 2024; Paradise, Nevada, USA; Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes (15) celebrates after a touchdown against the Kansas City Chiefs in the second half in Super Bowl LVIII at Allegiant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

That seems like a weak play to fine Bolton over. $8,000 is quite a bit of money Bolton can’t use to gamble in Las Vegas when quarterback Patrick Mahomes brings the Chiefs roster back to the strip like he promised before the Super Bowl.