Ramsey, Tate unlikely to face team discipline for fight

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New York Giants wide receiver Golden Tate, right, is tackled by Los Angeles Rams cornerback Jalen Ramsey, center, during the second half of an NFL football game Sunday, Oct. 4, 2020, in Inglewood, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

LOS ANGELES – Los Angeles Rams cornerback Jalen Ramsey and New York Giants receiver Golden Tate are unlikely to be disciplined by their teams for their postgame fight at SoFi Stadium, judging by comments from both players' coaches Monday.

The NFL still might weigh in with fines after it investigates the clash rooted in a family feud between Ramsey and Tate, the uncle of Ramsey's two children.

“I spoke to him, and (I was) just making sure that we’re all on the same page that we can’t allow some of those things to get in the way and have something bad happen for yourself or this football team," Rams coach Sean McVay said Monday night. “These are grown men, and I didn’t get into the he-said, she-said.”

Giants coach Joe Judge said his players told him Ramsey had initiated the altercation, although that wasn't clear to other observers at the stadium. Neither Tate nor Ramsey spoke publicly Monday.

“All I can say is the account I got from a number of our players was that there’s a history, obviously, between them,” Judge said. “There was a punch thrown. Golden was defending himself. I was told he wasn’t the one who threw the punch."

Ramsey and Tate fought shortly after the final whistle Sunday in the Rams' 17-9 victory over the Giants in Inglewood. They had already engaged several times on the field during the game, and Ramsey made a spectacular, bone-crunching hit on Tate on a key third down in the fourth quarter.

Although neither Ramsey nor Tate appeared to walk onto the field looking for a fight amid the postgame handshakes, they immediately stepped to each other when the players between them parted. Both men appeared to participate in the scrap as they grabbed each other and went to the ground.

Their teammates broke it up relatively quickly. Ramsey returned to the field shortly after the other players cleared out, pacing the turf and talking intermittently on his phone.