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NFL fines Bud Adams $250,000

The NFL has fined Tennessee Titans owner Bud Adams $250,000 for flipping a double bird during Sunday’s game against the Buffalo Bills.

The fine is a swift and decisive action by the league that misconduct won’t be tolerated, whether it’s players on the field or owners in luxury boxes.

Adams apologized, and he indicated that he knew a fine was coming.

“I need to apologize for my actions yesterday near the end of the game,” Adams said.  “I got caught up in the excitement of a great day, but I do realize that
those types of things shouldn’t happen.  I need to specifically
apologize to the Bills, their fans, our fans and the NFL.  I obviously
have a great deal of respect for Ralph Wilson and the history we have
shared.  I also understand there will probably be league discipline for
my actions and I will accept those.”

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell told Adams of the fine today. Goodell was at the game and sat with Adams for part of it but was reportedly sitting in the stands among the fans at the time that Adams flipped the birds.

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41 Responses to “NFL fines Bud Adams $250,000”
  1. danlinker says: Nov 16, 2009 5:30 PM

    $125,000 per bird.

  2. chapnasty says: Nov 16, 2009 5:30 PM

    Florio and everyone else… Do some reporting and let us know where these fines go please!

  3. Vince says: Nov 16, 2009 5:31 PM

    Damn.. hell of a fine

  4. Mean Leroy Brown says: Nov 16, 2009 5:31 PM

    $250 Large???
    Can we at least see a picture of this?

  5. eeerockski says: Nov 16, 2009 5:32 PM

    Pretty F-ing sad that one finger is worth more than I’ll make in 4 years. Thanks for the slap in the face.

  6. Laxer37 says: Nov 16, 2009 5:34 PM

    Some NFL charity is about to get some very good news.

  7. twinkletoes says: Nov 16, 2009 5:35 PM

    Nice… very nice.

  8. Brentonmcclellan says: Nov 16, 2009 5:35 PM

    You couldn’t buy the type of positive fan PR he just got from Tennessee for 250k.

  9. Slow Joe says: Nov 16, 2009 5:37 PM

    I also understand there will probably be league discipline for my actions and I will accept those.
    Maybe he shouldn’t have said that. He basically wrote a blank check to the NFL.

  10. HarrisonHits says: Nov 16, 2009 5:38 PM

    “Do some reporting and let us know where these fines go please!”
    The fines go to charity, the NFL does not retain the funds.

  11. bearsrule says: Nov 16, 2009 5:40 PM

    Bud Adams is my new hero. God bless him.

  12. Evpimp says: Nov 16, 2009 5:43 PM

    WOW to much
    Chad Ochostinko can do anything he wants and never gets fined nearly this much!!!
    Yet an owner does this one time and gets fined $250,000 dumb

  13. Ron Dayne's Strict Diet says: Nov 16, 2009 5:45 PM

    “… sitting in the stands among the fans…”
    This is incredibly doubtful. THE ROGE doesn’t sit with peons. I would be surprised if he humbled himself to the point of using a public restroom.

  14. JimmyY says: Nov 16, 2009 5:56 PM

    So if the money goes to charity does he get a tax deduction? What a brilliant plan.

  15. kev says: Nov 16, 2009 6:03 PM

    the fine money goes to one of 4 charities
    http://nflplayers.com/images/fck/NFL%20COLLECTIVE%20BARGAINING%20AGREEMENT%202006%20-%202012.pdf

  16. urbusted says: Nov 16, 2009 6:04 PM

    I obviously have a great deal of respect for Ralph Wilson and the history we have shared
    YEA, it seems as if he has a lot of respect.

  17. RayDaMayor says: Nov 16, 2009 6:13 PM

    Its all over YouTube

  18. elroy says: Nov 16, 2009 6:14 PM

    “So if the money goes to charity does he get a tax deduction? What a brilliant plan.”
    I don’t think you understand how tax deductions work. It’s not $250k less in taxes, it’s $250k he won’t pay taxes on, so he’s still coming out way behind.

  19. George C says: Nov 16, 2009 6:15 PM

    Bud, you’re not alone.
    Myself, along with every Bills fan that I know flipped them off too!

  20. Fan_Of_ Four says: Nov 16, 2009 6:15 PM

    What is wrong with this picture ?
    This guy can pay a 250k fine like the average guy pays a parking ticket. No wonder the players want to squeeze the owners for everything they can.

  21. d.b.cooper says: Nov 16, 2009 6:17 PM

    Next, the 86 year old will moon ‘em.

  22. theillestnino says: Nov 16, 2009 6:23 PM

    So that is the integrity of nfl owners that rush had to live up to. I would have though him to be a shoo in.

  23. Dean Keaton says: Nov 16, 2009 6:25 PM

    $250K?? HOW IS THIS EVEN ON THE SAME LEVEL OF MAGNITUDE AS SPYGATE?!?!?!?
    The Patriots defrauded all of their opponents for years, along with the fans of the NFL. I agree that an owner should never flip the bird to an opposing team, but making the fine this amount sends a message that it is akin to cheating multiple teams out of wins in regular season, playoff, and Super Bowl games. A total outrage.

  24. OntBoltFan says: Nov 16, 2009 6:26 PM

    Never seen anything as retarded. An 86 yr old grandfather behaving like Avril Lavigne.

  25. Bob Loblaw says: Nov 16, 2009 6:28 PM

    The same amount Belichick coughed up for who knows how many years of videotaping opponents’ signals.
    Way to get it right again Sh*tforbrains Goodell.

  26. shafetpnboys says: Nov 16, 2009 6:36 PM

    Why would Adams even do that?
    Is he a just a total Idiot, or an Owner that gets a severe case of the Red-A_ _ over something totally irrelevant??
    250K to him is nothing… and he is probably laughing about it — while on his private jet.
    Dear NFL:
    Fine him steeply (at least 1-Mil) & send him to Anger Management… or take his team away!

  27. AdrenalineJunkie says: Nov 16, 2009 6:37 PM

    This is pretty hilarious… everyone’s standard for how “bad” filming opposing signals was, was the amount of $$$… that was the indication that it was really serious, correct?
    Well, the Patriots were fined $250,000 for filming an opponent’s sideline. Bud Adams gets the same for flipping a bird at an opponent’s sideline…
    So basically filming signals has just as much effect on a game as flipping a bird – this should keep the haters entertained for quite some time, hahahahahahahahahah

  28. durno99 says: Nov 16, 2009 6:46 PM

    Right is right and wrong is wrong! If it is $10,000 for Vick it should be $10,000 everyone!!!!!!!!!!! It should not matter who or what you have!!!!!!!!!!! Brett Favre did it leaving the Metrodome years back and it was smothed over by an appology to his Mom? Mike Vick can kill animals and come back and play but Rush can’t buy a team because he is using freedom of speech? Is this fair or is this racism!!!!!!!! Maybe white people are held to a stricter standard. It is what it is and was funny! But QUIT making things subjective to who it is, what they have, and their social backround!

  29. houskat says: Nov 16, 2009 6:47 PM

    bribe a ref =20.000
    flip the bird =250.000
    uhmm!!!

  30. Brewster says: Nov 16, 2009 7:01 PM

    $250,000K are you kidding?
    He should have closed his fist and broken an assistant coach’s jaw.
    There’s no cost for doing that in the NFL, it doesn’t even merit an investigation.
    What a joke.
    But then there’s no fear Adams will file a lawsuit against the NFL.
    Priorities, priorities.

  31. Richm2256 says: Nov 16, 2009 7:06 PM

    “The Patriots defrauded all of their opponents for years, along with the fans of the NFL. I agree that an owner should never flip the bird to an opposing team, but making the fine this amount sends a message that it is akin to cheating multiple teams out of wins in regular season, playoff, and Super Bowl games. A total outrage”
    For the love of god, when are you douchebags going to admit that New England got caught cheating ONCE. If they had been doing it every week for years, the league would have caught them sooner.
    And once they were caught, they STILL won 18 games in a row with the spotlight of the football worl shining on their every move.
    Will you losers please find a different and LEGITIMATE drum to bang constantly. It’s not the Patriot’s fault that the (insert the name of your favorite team) suck.

  32. SmackMyVickUp says: Nov 16, 2009 7:19 PM

    “… sitting in the stands among the fans…”
    This is incredibly doubtful. THE ROGE doesn’t sit with peons. I would be surprised if he humbled himself to the point of using a public restroom.
    —————–
    These “stands” are actually the luxury sky boxes with fans that don’t pay much attention to the game itself.

  33. king of chico says: Nov 16, 2009 7:28 PM

    You guys who think this is too much money should remember that he is an owner of an NFL team and therefore he must present himself in a manner that is higher than the players.

  34. The Real Shuxion says: Nov 16, 2009 7:50 PM

    If anyone is wondering here is the video:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sYMfWB7mi1Q

  35. Florio's T-bagger says: Nov 16, 2009 7:51 PM

    Phil Savage to be next Titans GM. He has the same warm regard for Buffalo fans as Bud.

  36. WhySoSerious says: Nov 16, 2009 8:25 PM

    RichM2256 said:
    Will you losers please find a different and LEGITIMATE drum to bang constantly. It’s not the Patriot’s fault that the (insert the name of your favorite team) suck.
    Not my favorite team, but I inserted the Giants. Hows that work out?

  37. Brewster says: Nov 16, 2009 9:57 PM

    Goodell was at the game and sat with Adams for part of it but was reportedly sitting in the stands among the fans at the time that Adams flipped the birds.
    _____________
    Maybe, just maybe, Adams flipped the bird at Goodell instead of the Bufalo fans, on behalf of millions of fans who think Goodell deserves it.

  38. stusbadbulb says: Nov 16, 2009 10:06 PM

    Anyone else wonder what Frank Wycheck thinks of all this? Could he be happy that Old Man Adams goes total Alzheimers over his name?

  39. Richm2256 says: Nov 16, 2009 10:14 PM

    “The same amount Belichick coughed up for who knows how many years of videotaping opponents’ signals.”
    One game, moron. That’s all he was accused of.
    Get it straight people, or STFU please.

  40. Richm2256 says: Nov 16, 2009 10:17 PM

    “Not my favorite team, but I inserted the Giants. Hows that work out?”
    I’m good with that. *thumbs-up*

  41. Majik Man says: Nov 16, 2009 10:59 PM

    Did Goodell consult with Shannon Sharpe to determine the amount of this fine? Seems a bit steep, but I guess that 83 year old needed to be taught a lesson. I’m surprised Goodell didn’t push for lethal injection.

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