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Starks gets no NFL fine for flashing middle finger

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When Dolphins defensive lineman Randy Starks missed the universal sign for “We’re No. 1!” by one digit, it was assumed he’d be making an involuntary contribution to the league’s fine fund.

Starks won’t be.  The veteran defensive lineman isn’t among the players who found out this week that their future paychecks will be a bit lighter.

But that doesn’t mean Starks won’t be fined at all.  The league views it as a team matter, which means that the team could choose to fine Starks.

Starks claimed he was “joking around with teammates” when flashing the finger to the Miami sideline, but he acknowledged that he shouldn’t have done it.

For their part, the Dolphins will neither confirm nor deny whether Starks was fined.  And all that that possibly implies.

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21 Responses to “Starks gets no NFL fine for flashing middle finger”
  1. scoops1 says: Sep 13, 2013 4:27 PM

    he was just Keeping up with foreign relations

  2. cajunaise says: Sep 13, 2013 4:28 PM

    What’s ProFootballTalk’s fine for flashing it? *grin*

  3. warhammer420 says: Sep 13, 2013 4:33 PM

    In Japan it’s very common for people to use their middle finger to point at things. So maybe Starks is into Japanese culture and is pointing to the heavens.

  4. sdisme says: Sep 13, 2013 4:38 PM

    I guess you have to play in a game that people actually watched like A.J. Hawk did to get fined for flipping the bird.

    If you play in a game nobody watched it becomes a team matter.

  5. bagjr387 says: Sep 13, 2013 4:43 PM

    “No fine??? Must be nice”- Bud Adams

  6. zackattack006 says: Sep 13, 2013 4:44 PM

    A.j. Hawk was a loser! Starks is not…
    The NFL protects their super stars.

  7. longhairdontcare66 says: Sep 13, 2013 4:49 PM

    I wanted to like the top comment twice- well done sir

  8. rayfinkleisonehellofamodelamerican says: Sep 13, 2013 4:49 PM

    What? They let one go? Goodell must’ve collected enough to pay off his debts for the week.

  9. hrmlss says: Sep 13, 2013 4:59 PM

    He was impersonating Anthony Weiner.

  10. furnhole says: Sep 13, 2013 5:30 PM

    Put up 3 fingers and read between the lines.

  11. zeke2517 says: Sep 13, 2013 5:36 PM

    “When Dolphins defensive lineman Randy Starks missed the universal sign for “We’re No. 1!” by one digit…”

    Ha ha yoo funneh

  12. thelastpieceofcheese says: Sep 13, 2013 6:34 PM

    Starks said he’s number 1.

  13. joelvis72 says: Sep 13, 2013 6:54 PM

    At a Dolphins @ Saints game in 1995, I reminded Brian Cox of his two-butterfinger salute to Bills fans in Buffalo in 1993. Dude almost jumped into the stands and kicked my butt.

  14. annes22 says: Sep 13, 2013 8:29 PM

    Stupid remark from Sidsme. How do you know no one watched that game, you have no clue. No one missed you, and I’m sure Randy didn’t.

  15. bigbabies says: Sep 13, 2013 8:41 PM

    ….and why would flipping the bird be detrimental to the league? There should be zero dollars taken from this dude.

  16. dwntwnbadboy19 says: Sep 13, 2013 8:53 PM

    Total Week 1 fines: $321,750

  17. orivar says: Sep 13, 2013 10:32 PM

    Uh oh, somebody was missed. Roger Goodell will be all over it now.

  18. 69finfan says: Sep 13, 2013 10:59 PM

    As well he shouldn’t.

  19. wannstache says: Sep 13, 2013 11:25 PM

    The NFL determined that Starks was justified and that Philbin, Ireland and Ross actually deserve worse.

  20. jimmymarlinsfan says: Sep 14, 2013 9:49 AM

    Wannstache still smarting from a week 1 blow out win

  21. Neftali Ramos says: Sep 14, 2013 2:45 PM

    Think about this for a second: Getting fined for raising a finger. It’s a finger!

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