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Dez Bryant fined $7,875 for throat slash gesture

Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant celebrates after catching a touchdown pass against the St. Louis Rams in Arlington, Texas Reuters

Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant typically celebrates his touchdowns by making an X with his arms, but his choice to add a twist after a score in last Sunday’s victory over the Rams is going to cost him.

Todd Archer of ESPNDallas.com reports that Bryant has been fined $7,875 for making a throat slash gesture after scoring the first touchdown in Dallas’ 31-7 win. Bryant was penalized for unsportsmanlike conduct for the play and acknowledged his mistake earlier this week.

“I shouldn’t have done it anyway,” Bryant said. “I never put anything with the X. Do the X and go on.”

Bryant also said that he planned to appeal the fine, although it is difficult to imagine what he’d be basing that appeal on given his admission of making the gesture and the fact that the league’s made it clear over the years that they do not consider it an acceptable form of on-field expression.

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27 Responses to “Dez Bryant fined $7,875 for throat slash gesture”
  1. essentialsausage says: Sep 25, 2013 2:59 PM

    The No Fun League strikes again.

  2. acmepacker says: Sep 25, 2013 3:06 PM

    The throat slash gesture is classless and tasteless in any sport.

  3. clssylssy says: Sep 25, 2013 3:11 PM

    Oh please! Gimme a break…the NFL once again has it’s priorities out of order. The guy didn’t even do anything and he gets fined yet Bucs players can get by with what amounts to spearing Saints players and the NFL turns a blind eye!

  4. norseyapper says: Sep 25, 2013 3:14 PM

    I suppose his appeal will have be along the lines of: “Ya see, I got this really athletic body and this tiny little brain.”

  5. ccjcsr says: Sep 25, 2013 3:15 PM

    No need to worry the throat slash gesture only comes to play in San Fran!

    #88

  6. nfloracle says: Sep 25, 2013 3:17 PM

    OMG, with this absurd trend, the NFL will be fining players two grand for picking their noses on the sideline by the end of the season.

  7. scaredhitless says: Sep 25, 2013 3:23 PM

    Chris Childs 2.0

  8. daaabears says: Sep 25, 2013 3:27 PM

    Bugs Bunny would not be able to afford to play in the NFL.

  9. fissels says: Sep 25, 2013 3:33 PM

    How do they come up with $7875? Why not $7800?

  10. studio26seattle says: Sep 25, 2013 3:36 PM

    Or just hand the ball to the refs, then just go to the sidelines. Once you’re off the field you can do the Achy Breaky Heart dance if you want.

  11. iced107 says: Sep 25, 2013 3:36 PM

    Lmao

    It shouldn’t have been a touchdown anyway – was a blatantly obvious push off.

  12. ott2win says: Sep 25, 2013 3:39 PM

    I would like to see what kind of reaction the league would give if a player celebrated by wiping their butt with the ball and then handing it to the official…bwhahahah!

  13. zoxitic says: Sep 25, 2013 3:41 PM

    One player was fined $5,000 for blinking too many times during the national anthem.

  14. griblets says: Sep 25, 2013 3:41 PM

    acmepacker says:

    The throat slash gesture is classless and tasteless in any sport.

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    This comment was 4 up and 16 down when I read it. 4 to 1 in favor of throat slashing gestures. It’s hard to believe that’s what our society has become. The 16 and others to follow should be ashamed of yourselves.

  15. mvp43 says: Sep 25, 2013 3:41 PM

    Okay, the NFL is offended by a throat slash gesture yet the Redskins are still the Redskins………I don’t get it.

  16. dexterismyhero says: Sep 25, 2013 3:54 PM

    @griblets says:Sep 25, 2013 3:41 PM

    acmepacker says:

    The throat slash gesture is classless and tasteless in any sport.

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    This comment was 4 up and 16 down when I read it. 4 to 1 in favor of throat slashing gestures. It’s hard to believe that’s what our society has become. The 16 and others to follow should be ashamed of yourselves.
    =================================Well it is PFT……and acmepacker is correct also….

  17. 87hollywoodhorn says: Sep 25, 2013 3:59 PM

    oohhhhh they gon have to stop dez from doing that to his self come monday night in the superdome! man gon be too scared to face the 2013 world champion new orleans saints! yes take that to the bank its gonna be a cakewalk!

    who dat!

  18. 87hollywoodhorn says: Sep 25, 2013 4:01 PM

    Monday night november 10 i got it marked on my calender and we got nothing but YOU(dallas cowgirls) on my mind!

  19. jbaxt says: Sep 25, 2013 4:04 PM

    So the NFL can sell beer to fans at $1 an ounce so they can get wasted and drop f bombs, to each other, opposing players, and even their players if their team ‘a losing. Now the NFL needs undercover police to patrol the stands in some stadiums because of the behavior they provoke. But PG-13 throat slashing is where the line is drawn, that’s not allowed. Are they competing with Sesame Street for ratings. Forbid us to be adults and take the throat slashing as sarcasm. When they take away the fat lady from singing, that’s when I move to soccer.

  20. trollaikman8 says: Sep 25, 2013 4:07 PM

    I’m almost certain that Cortland Finnigan didn’t have his feelings hurt by the throat slash.
    Stop sanitizing everything into oblivion.

    I hear the NFL Competition Committee is now looking into disallowing QB’s to audible out with “Kill, Kill, Kill” commands at the line of scrimmage.

  21. alligatorsnapper says: Sep 25, 2013 4:11 PM

    Charity is sure getting some coin so far this season.

  22. marvsleezy says: Sep 25, 2013 4:14 PM

    Hes the only player in the NFL to celebrate by miming his own signature.

  23. godofwine330 says: Sep 25, 2013 4:15 PM

    I can’t be the only one that thinks that the league is getting out of hand with fines every week for the smallest of things costing players between $5000 and $50000. There are more fines in one week than there were in years of NFL football before. I mean a nearly $8000 fine for a throat slash? That is way past excessive and it borders on the criminal. These are emotional players and I believe unless some over the top behavior like Haynesworth’s helmet stomp or Brandon Merriweather running his helmet into everything like he was a ram most of these things don’t deserve huge fines. Intent is not even considered.

    The NFLPA is as pitiful as the useless…err, the union at my job. This is ridiculous.

  24. onebucplace says: Sep 25, 2013 4:51 PM

    This is what you get when the NFL is trying to cater to the Glee crowd — he’s clearly a bully for doing that and should be sent to reeducation camp. What a bunch of sissies this league has become.

  25. onebucplace says: Sep 25, 2013 4:53 PM

    clssylssy says:
    Sep 25, 2013 3:11 PM
    Oh please! Gimme a break…the NFL once again has it’s priorities out of order. The guy didn’t even do anything and he gets fined yet Bucs players can get by with what amounts to spearing Saints players and the NFL turns a blind eye!

    ———

    HAHAHAHAHA a Saints fan whining about players trying to hurt other players. HAHAHAHAAHA. Learn to swim weakling.

  26. thelastpieceofcheese says: Sep 25, 2013 4:54 PM

    Should we be “surprised” at Dez Bryant’s antics?

  27. shatho1 says: Sep 26, 2013 1:41 PM

    @87hollywoodhorn

    U need to learn how to read a calendar before u start talking about the AINTS being 2013 champions.
    1. November 10th is a Sunday
    2. The COWBOYS play Chicago on December 9th which is Monday. And last but not least
    3. Who dat gonna beat those AINTS, those COWBOYS dat who gonna beat those AINTS. So get your popcorn ready!!! LOL.
    GO COWBOYS!!!

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