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Jay Cutler fined $10,000 for taunting

Jay Cutler, A.J. Jefferson AP

Bears quarterback Jay Cutler was fined $10,000 for taunting, after flipping the ball at Vikings cornerback A.J. Jefferson last week, according to Vaughn McClure of the Chicago Tribune.

Cutler was scrambling, and heading out of bounds, when he stiff-armed Jefferson and then tossed the ball at him in a mocking manner.

During his radio show Monday, Cutler said he had to hold himself to the same standard he’d hold others to.

“I’ve got to be smarter than that,” he said. “If anyone else on offense had done that I would have probably yelled at him like it can’t happen here. I can’t do it again obviously.”

Cutler’s never been ashamed to bark at others for their misdeeds, so at least he understands he put his team in a bad spot, as hilarious as it might have been.

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55 Responses to “Jay Cutler fined $10,000 for taunting”
  1. wludford says: Nov 30, 2012 6:07 PM

    Hopefully he’ll go down again soon so we won’t have to listen to him for another year.

  2. dj121191 says: Nov 30, 2012 6:08 PM

    are they going to start fining for false starts too?

    this is ridiculous he got flagged for it, there is no need to add a fine.

  3. derrickbrooks4president says: Nov 30, 2012 6:13 PM

    Well darn, there goes the money for his chin implant. Thank God he turned down the Buc’s overtures to come play here in Tampa.

  4. hyzers says: Nov 30, 2012 6:13 PM

    I hope someone flips the ball to him after he invariably throws an interception.

  5. larryboodry says: Nov 30, 2012 6:16 PM

    Okay, I agree flipping the ball at Jefferson was a dumb move, for which a flag was thrown…But a fine?

    Roger must have an especially long Christmas list this year.

  6. daknight93 says: Nov 30, 2012 6:17 PM

    the owners and Goodell hates the players…this is an emotional game of highs and lows, so what if he taunts, these fines are just ridiculous, Goodell want the players to act like robots..geez

  7. danoj14 says: Nov 30, 2012 6:18 PM

    I understand Jared Allen getting fined for his hit, but Cutler getting fined? For this? I thought it was hilarious, and I’m (unfortunately) a Viking fan.

  8. larryboodry says: Nov 30, 2012 6:19 PM

    wludford says: Nov 30, 2012 6:07 PM

    “Hopefully he’ll go down again soon so we won’t have to listen to him for another year.”

    Wishing injury on a player is such a classy move on your part…It’s too bad the rest of us have to listen to you.

  9. thekiller678 says: Nov 30, 2012 6:21 PM

    I can’t imagine the profanities and insults Refs hear players throw around yet they flag you (and fine turns out) for flipping the ball at an opponent? The same opponent that would probably dance and celebrate if he was able to sack Cutler. No flags for that though.

  10. wayne1693 says: Nov 30, 2012 6:21 PM

    The No Fun League just took it up a notch…INSANE!!! Can you imagine what REAL taunting would look like? It’s like saying playing Country-Western music for Al-Qaeda detainees is ‘torture’. Well…Nevermind…You get my point.

  11. juddgr says: Nov 30, 2012 6:23 PM

    I am A Redskins fan and I beleive D. Hall deserves everything he got, But I saw what Cutler did and This is really sad for the NFL, but mainly for Goodall. He must be real Proud!!! Come on Owners get rid of this guy or the NFL will mean Not For Long. (as said in a Movie)

  12. clayme52 says: Nov 30, 2012 6:25 PM

    Cutler is such a cry-baby punk. But 10K for tossing a ball at someone? Give me a break.

  13. bduncanscott says: Nov 30, 2012 6:30 PM

    Haha! Good, DOUCHE! Cutler is that nerd who thinks he’s one of the cool kids on the playground, unfortunately for him everyone else sees him as the dorky ass wuss that he is… What a turd and a mediocre player, I can always rest assured that his lack of integrity and selfishness will always keep him from ever getting good or going all the way

  14. jboyxl73 says: Nov 30, 2012 6:41 PM

    Apparently fines aren’t just for dangerous acts on the field , pretty soon players will be fined for not smiling enough and saying sorry for beating the other team …..

  15. 2difshoe says: Nov 30, 2012 6:42 PM

    Folks, the New Fine Happy League will eventually trickle down to the fan base with increased ticket prices.

    These assin9 fines need to end and soon !

  16. jtmartinez34 says: Nov 30, 2012 6:49 PM

    For all the dopey Cutler haters. He is 15 – 5 in his last 20 starts. He led the Bears to an 11-5 season and the NFC championship in 2009. A 7-3 record and sure playoff spot last year if not for injury. Again, this year heading for the playoffs with an 8-3 record. All with the worst line in football. Before you try to discredit with the Bears dominate defense crap, look what that defense has done without him – lose. You sad sack bottom feeders in Detroit and Tampa wish you had a QB that could actually win. Eat it!

  17. wafflestomp says: Nov 30, 2012 6:58 PM

    Mature statement by Cutler, but please, 10 Gs for taunting, if you even want to call it that.

    Some of these fines by the NFL are borderline ridiculous. And I’m a Packers fan.

  18. denverdude7 says: Nov 30, 2012 7:03 PM

    A four game suspension and a $100,000 fine the next time Cutler acts out.

    Does this guy even have a clue how an NFL quarterback or an average adult for that matter is supposed to conduct himself ?

    What a whining, sniveling little brat this clown is.

  19. tiger7575 says: Nov 30, 2012 7:12 PM

    You don’t need to wish an injury on Quitler, we all
    Know he will go down all by himself.

  20. hawkforlife says: Nov 30, 2012 7:14 PM

    As others have said, they’re now fining players for taunting which is nuts. A flag was thrown, the yards marked off.

    Why even bother with the flags on the field anymore. Speed the game up, no penalties ever just fine players after the fact.

    Imagine how great that would be for the fans. We could actually get through a game in less than 3 hours and all action.

  21. gmsingh says: Nov 30, 2012 7:19 PM

    Good job Goodell–that will prevent those concussions!

    Hey, here’s an idea–how about not wasting time and resources on arbitrary fines and putting forth a legitimate effort of figure out how to prolong the careers of NFL players? At this point all we’re doing is waiting to see who the next Dave Duerson or Junior Seau is going to be.

  22. davikes says: Nov 30, 2012 7:27 PM

    Dumb move by Cutler, but a flag is enough, and I’m a vikes fan.

    Borderline career ending move given his o-line and concussion history. He’s the last person who should taunt somebody.

  23. blackandbluedivision says: Nov 30, 2012 7:28 PM

    Want more proof Goddell pulls fines out of a hat?

    Josh Morgan flips the ball at Cortland Finnegan gets a flag, 15-yard penalty, the L, and $7, 875 fine.

  24. chi01town says: Nov 30, 2012 7:44 PM

    Every team in the league think they can bully and beat up on CUTLER well now he showing them that it aint happening. thats why the stiff arm and throwing the ball at them is starting to happen. I dont blame him when every game somebody takes a shot at him. Cutler should start fighting back.

  25. TheWizard says: Nov 30, 2012 7:47 PM

    When are they going to fine the guys who make a tackle and then stand directly over and stare down at their opponent?

    If I were the guy on the ground, I’d put the top of my helmet straight into the guys groin while getting up, and we’d see how soon he’s eager to try it again.

  26. thepvyharvin says: Nov 30, 2012 7:58 PM

    Cutler is a sissy. Yep

  27. alewatcher says: Nov 30, 2012 8:19 PM

    jtmartinez34 says: Nov 30, 2012 6:49 PM

    For all the dopey Cutler haters. He is 15 – 5 in his last 20 starts. He led the Bears to an 11-5 season and the NFC championship in 2009. A 7-3 record and sure playoff spot last year if not for injury. Again, this year heading for the playoffs with an 8-3 record. All with the worst line in football. Before you try to discredit with the Bears dominate defense crap, look what that defense has done without him – lose. You sad sack bottom feeders in Detroit and Tampa wish you had a QB that could actually win. Eat it!

    ———————–

    Imagine if the Bears had an actual NFL O-line. They would be unstoppable. I lived in Chicago from 1978-88, and watched the Bears every week. I saw them go from Payton left, Payton right, Payton middle, punt, to the Superbowl.

    The last good QB Chicago has was Jim McMahon. People rag on him, but he ran the Bears very well. At one point, the Bears were 26-0 in games McMahon played at least one half. Unfortunately, injuries limited his career (Charles Martin, I’m looking at you), and the Bears have not had much luck in the QB position since. (It almost seems at times that they don’t even value the position, in some weird way. He’s just the guy to hand off the ball to the RB.)

    They’re starting to get away from the 3 yards and a cloud of dust school of football, but they still need to improve their O-line. If they can keep Cutler upright they have a much better chance of winning. If they can’t protect Cutler, they definitely need a better backup QB. The Caleb Haney and Jason Campbell stuff ain’t working. (Although, it you have an O-line that isn’t a turnstile, your backup QB has a much better chance of success).

    I wasn’t a Cutler fan at first, but despite his apparent poor attitude, he does a heck of a job, considering how little time he typically has to throw the football. You are what your record says you are, and Cutler’s record says he’s a winner.

  28. 2difshoe says: Nov 30, 2012 8:59 PM

    thepvyharvin says:
    Nov 30, 2012 7:58 PM

    Cutler is a sissy. Yep

    ======================================

    Sissy, Cutler played the remaining 5 minutes of the 1st half, and the start of the 3rd with a torn MCL in the NFC champioship game.

    He completed a game against the Giants with a concussion. He played 2 series with a broken thumb against San Diego which he later had surgery with pins placed in his thumb. He played 2 series against the Texans with a concussion. Sissy, I think not.

    Cutler would bend you into a pretzel and take your lunch money as you cry for mommy !

  29. tiredofyoureferringtoateamaswe says: Nov 30, 2012 9:05 PM

    I can’t stand the Bears and I think Cutler is a big baby, but to fine him for flipping the football to someone is just plain stupid. It cost them 15 yards, that was penalty enough. It’s not like he hurt someone or hit them in the head. Just stupid.

  30. farty5 says: Nov 30, 2012 9:11 PM

    Fines are getting a little out of hand.

    I’m not particularly sure why it was fined – my family ‘rewound’ it multiple times because it was hilarious!

  31. pftcensorssuck says: Nov 30, 2012 9:20 PM

    alewatcher says:
    You are what your record says you are, and Cutler’s record says he’s a whiner
    ———————————————————-
    … fixed, thank you ;)

  32. ajrod42 says: Nov 30, 2012 9:22 PM

    Why doesn’t anyone want to talk about how gnarly that stiff arm was? He absolutely tossed that guy. How many QBs do that? I’d say that any defender getting rocked like that by a QB stiff arm deserves to be taunted.

  33. toybkshr says: Nov 30, 2012 9:25 PM

    Glad I’m not the only one that thinks the NFL has gone overboard with these fines

  34. raiderapologist says: Nov 30, 2012 9:52 PM

    Cutler always looked like a serial killer to me, but he wins more than he loses, and he can take a punch. He might be a giant douche, but I have a grudging respect for his game.

  35. darthhitman77 says: Nov 30, 2012 10:13 PM

    jtmartinez34 says: Nov 30, 2012 6:49 PM

    For all the dopey Cutler haters. He is 15 – 5 in his last 20 starts. He led the Bears to an 11-5 season and the NFC championship in 2009. A 7-3 record and sure playoff spot last year if not for injury. Again, this year heading for the playoffs with an 8-3 record. All with the worst line in football. Before you try to discredit with the Bears dominate defense crap, look what that defense has done without him – lose. You sad sack bottom feeders in Detroit and Tampa wish you had a QB that could actually win. Eat it!

    Not losing because of our QB in Detroit semen rag. Our QB is on pace for another 5k season and Calvin is about to break Jerry Rice’s single season receiving yards record…lemme know when a Bear does any of that huh. BTW, what will be your excuse when you get bounced in January THIS TIME?

  36. valcomm5 says: Nov 30, 2012 10:13 PM

    Look! I’m not a true bears fan, but, this is bs!!! the nfl is turning into the ffl thanks to goodell. Flag Football League. It’s kinda like the fact that you cant spank the kids anymore. so the next time they get in trouble im gonna fine them Christmas.

  37. larryboodry says: Nov 30, 2012 10:18 PM

    Good to see more fans – the knowledgeable ones – who are not falling for the BS comments being spewed by the Cutler-hating crowd.

    I love that Jay is the Bears QB, and to be honest I believe he is the best option for this team, although Aaron Rodgers would also have success behind our dreadful o-line, since GB has the same issues up front.

    As for ‘elite’ guys like the Mannings, Brees, and Brady, I doubt they’d be half as good playing with the lack of protection and average (except for Marshall this year) WR corps Cutler has endured since arriving in Chicago.

    Just sayin’…

  38. gbpshareholder says: Nov 30, 2012 10:21 PM

    This just shows the same side of Cutler the whole league has seen for years… even when he has his team playing playoff football… he can’t help but be proud and draw flags… if he ever grows up he could be a great QB…

  39. phuriousjorge says: Nov 30, 2012 10:37 PM

    This is the dumbest reason for a fine. Ever.

  40. antneejay2 says: Nov 30, 2012 10:48 PM

    ” I’ve got to be smarter than that.”

    Intelligence isn’t something that one chooses. One either has it or one doesn’t. Guess what, Jay…

  41. pack13queens0 says: Nov 30, 2012 10:49 PM

    Too bad Cutler had to be fined when a Viking player instigated the whole thing.

  42. dino2997 says: Nov 30, 2012 10:49 PM

    thepvyharvin says:
    Nov 30, 2012 7:58 PM
    Cutler is a sissy. Yep

    ————————————————–

    If your team can’t win with Ponder you might as well call the opposing team’s QB a sissy right? Feel better?

  43. 4thqtrsaint says: Nov 30, 2012 10:50 PM

    Not a Cutler fan in the least bit… But fining him is STUPID… You don’t have to fine EVERY flag… The NFL is just retarded

  44. wnstonchill says: Nov 30, 2012 11:04 PM

    This fine is a joke. His mistake cost his team a 15 yard penalty, that was sufficient punishment! Good lord. I think the NFL hierarchy is starting to act like a bunch of liberal’s at this point.

  45. johnnytarr says: Nov 30, 2012 11:05 PM

    dj121191 says:
    Nov 30, 2012 6:08 PM
    are they going to start fining for false starts too?

    this is ridiculous he got flagged for it, there is no need to add a fine.
    ====================================

    I think Cutler seems to be an A-hole but I do agree.

  46. unbiased8383 says: Nov 30, 2012 11:08 PM

    I didn’t read the article or any comments. 10 G for taunting? Unless he pulled out his junk and did the moonwalk that is ridiculous. These fines are a joke.

  47. blackandbluedivision says: Dec 1, 2012 1:17 AM

    @darthhitman77

    Are you serious about the Lions?
    The same team that has 13 turnovers in 3 games…against The Bears.

    Take your records. They’ll be the only thing you can be proud of as you hate on the Bears from your couch while we’re in the playoffs.

  48. txnative61 says: Dec 1, 2012 2:05 AM

    Yeah, well, put me down for agreeing with this one. They are slapping defender’s with $30K fines for mussing a QB’s hair, and he’s baiting them!? A little fairness and common sense.

  49. lambeaufieldwest says: Dec 1, 2012 4:15 AM

    Hahah, are you serious? Coming from a diehard Packers fan, this is ridiculous. 10,000 $ for flipping a ball towards a player?

  50. cornersss says: Dec 1, 2012 8:00 AM

    whats going to happen one day when the bears, marshal and cutler are all playing bad? If cutler cant keep t together when they are winning it scares me to see how he acts when they aren’t a playoff team

  51. packersrule12 says: Dec 1, 2012 8:34 AM

    What happen to the Houston player who tossed the ball at the Lion player on the kick off on Thanksgiving day? I know he was called for taunting, never heard anything about a fine.
    I could see if a player wound up and bounced the ball off the back of his head but, some players toss the ball back to the ref harder than that!
    BTW- what happens to all that fine money anyway?

  52. chi01town says: Dec 1, 2012 9:48 AM

    Cutler will go 13-3 and lead the BEARS deep into the playoffs. and if he has any good luck at all with his offensive line. The Chicago Bears will WIN the Superbowl.

  53. CKL says: Dec 1, 2012 12:35 PM

    I remember thinking what the heck when Troy Brown of all people got a taunting penalty back in 06 for flipping the ball. He didn’t seem even to see the other player there, wasn’t intentional at all. Don’t think he got fined though.
    I’m glad I got to watch an NFL where stuff like this was taken care of on the field by the players instead of in the NFL “courtroom” though.

  54. purpleguy says: Dec 1, 2012 12:44 PM

    If Rodgers or Brady did this, not only wouldn’t there be a fine, but they would be praised on Sportscenter for their gumption.

  55. larryboodry says: Dec 1, 2012 6:11 PM

    cornersss says: Dec 1, 2012 8:00 AM

    “whats going to happen one day when the bears, marshal and cutler are all playing bad? If cutler cant keep t together when they are winning it scares me to see how he acts when they aren’t a playoff team”

    If a mere ball flip has you this scared, maybe watching NFL football isn’t meant for your tender sensibilities.

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