Bush docked $5K for taunting Bears' Urlacher

Updated: January 29, 2007, 9:36 AM ET
ESPN.com news services

A week after Reggie Bush wagged his finger at Brian Urlacher, the NFL wagged back.

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The league fined the New Orleans Saints running back $5,000 for taunting Urlacher at the end of his 88-yard touchdown reception in the NFC Championship Game on Jan. 21. Bush will not appeal the fine.

Bush wagged his finger at the trailing Urlacher shortly before crossing the goal line with a somersault jump. He was not penalized by officials on the play and apologized to head coach Sean Payton immediately after the incident.

NFL spokesman Greg Aiello confirmed the fine Sunday.

Bush, the 2005 Heisman Trophy winner and second pick in last year's draft, caught a short pass from Drew Brees on the left sideline. He sped downfield, cut back near midfield and was several steps ahead of Urlacher when Bush turned and pointed at the Bears star. He then did his front flip into the end zone, making the score 16-14.

The Bears outscored the Saints 23-0 after the incident and won the game 39-14 to advance to the Super Bowl against the Indianapolis Colts on Feb. 4.

In honor of the achievements of Bears coach Lovie Smith and Colts coach Tony Dungy, Bush and his legal representative, David Cornwell, each are also donating an additional $5,000 to the Fritz Pollard Alliance, a clearing house for NFL assistants looking for head coaching jobs named after the first African-American head coach in the National Football League.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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