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A group of NFL players who took part in an arm wrestling event in Las Vegas over the weekend will be disciplined by the NFL.

Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports that the players will be fined for violating the league’s policy barring players from taking part in events held at casinos. NFL spokesman Joe Lockhart told Jarrett Bell of USA Today that no one from the event, which was taped for later broadcast on CBS, asked for permission but organizers disputed that account.

Steelers linebacker James Harrison, Dolphins wide receiver Kenny Stills, 49ers linebacker Navorro Bowman, Steelers center Maurkice Pouncey, Raiders punter Marquette King, Raiders defensive end Mario Edwards, Patriots safety Patrick Chung, and Cowboys receiver Lucky Whitehead took part in the event. Marshawn Lynch was also a participant and appears poised to join the Raiders for the 2017 season, but Rapoport reports that his current spot on the reserve/retired list will allow him to avoid a fine.

The league’s policies on gambling and promotions involving casinos are sure to come under further scrutiny in the next few years as the Raiders prepare to make Las Vegas their home. For now, though, the players have found themselves on the wrong side of the league’s disciplinary department.

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  1. ak185 says: Apr 10, 2017 12:27 PM

    Now THIS is rich.

  2. 24hoursinaday24beersinacase says: Apr 10, 2017 12:29 PM

    I dont know about fines, the injuries that can occur from arm wrestling are not worth the risk.

  3. allforfunnplay says: Apr 10, 2017 12:30 PM

    a Punter was at an arm wrestling event? he’s been working out the wrong appendage.

  4. jstew0103 says: Apr 10, 2017 12:30 PM

    Double standards in the NFL?!?! Nawwwwwwww

  5. connfyoozed says: Apr 10, 2017 12:32 PM

    You can’t participate in an event held in a casino as an NFL employee. You can, however, move an NFL franchise to a city whose primary industry is casinos. And I guarantee that Goodell and company are once again oblivious to how greedy, cluesless and petty that decisions like this make them look to frustrated fans.

  6. miriam45 says: Apr 10, 2017 12:32 PM

    Kenny Stills beat Mario Edwards for the title.

  7. exinsidetrader says: Apr 10, 2017 12:34 PM

    The players should fight any fine and sit out any preseason games until they succeed.

    Considering the NFL puts out injury reports specifically because of gambling, these type of “morality punishments” are hypocritical.

  8. factschecker says: Apr 10, 2017 12:34 PM

    LOL!
    How ironic?
    I’m just here because I can’t be fined. (Lynch)

  9. fngs1 says: Apr 10, 2017 12:35 PM

    But it’s okay for them to gamble in the casinos during the off season, but not arm wrestle? And I bet it’s also okay for them to make bets on who goes first this year in the draft.

  10. mickmars says: Apr 10, 2017 12:36 PM

    Maybe They should’ve roughed up a few showgirls while there. We know how the NFL treats that. Would’ve saved them all the fines they’re going to receive when they the NFL looked the other way…

  11. connfyoozed says: Apr 10, 2017 12:38 PM

    James Harrison could give a poetry reading at a coffee shop and still have Goodell find a reason to fine him, so he might as well have some fun in the meantime.

  12. coutre says: Apr 10, 2017 12:38 PM

    Can’t wait to see how Troy Vincent and his inclusive group of failed morons attacks this.

  13. johnnnyschatzan says: Apr 10, 2017 12:39 PM

    So they can’t arm wrestle there but they can sit poolside with a bunch of women and alcohol.

    Which one is more of a recipe for disaster regarding young millionaire athletes?

  14. asgrimsnorrison says: Apr 10, 2017 12:39 PM

    I think the NFL is going Over the Top with this response.

  15. Irish Pete says: Apr 10, 2017 12:42 PM

    I won 4 grand on Marquette King

  16. pittsburgh84 says: Apr 10, 2017 12:42 PM

    was Lincoln Hawk there?

  17. peytonwantsaflag says: Apr 10, 2017 12:42 PM

    I couldn’t give a crap about the guys getting fined but this is ridiculous. If CBS, a major media partner of the NFL is producing this event, then to me and every other thinking person this means it’s sanctioned by the NFL.

  18. dalvar1001 says: Apr 10, 2017 12:44 PM

    greed

  19. mcniner55 says: Apr 10, 2017 12:46 PM

    No Fun League strikes again.

  20. A happy green parrot says: Apr 10, 2017 12:47 PM

    This story has several points that are pretty funny.

    1) The NFL faulting anyone for events in Vegas.
    2) Marshawn Lynch being the one guy that DIDN’T get fined.
    3) A punter!?! (Gosh, if he beat any DL thats just embarrassing)

  21. RandyinRoxbury says: Apr 10, 2017 12:48 PM

    Roger That!

  22. sportoficionado says: Apr 10, 2017 12:48 PM

    so the NFL is ok with profiting off of a franchise moving and establishing themselves in Vegas permanently but the players can’t participate in an event over a weekend? what a farce, and these are the type of jackass moves that will culminate in us losing a beloved American past time.

  23. WasLemmytoocontroversial? says: Apr 10, 2017 12:48 PM

    Wait, you mean the BMOAT (baddest man) James “Deebo” “I work out 27 hours a day and have this amazing physique without using steroids” Harrison didn’t win, using his non-dominant hand while punching out 6 MMA champions with the other?

    Father Time wins again I guess

  24. steelcurtainn says: Apr 10, 2017 12:50 PM

    ooooooooh, I’m sure this all scares them.

  25. maust1013 says: Apr 10, 2017 12:50 PM

    Wouldn’t be surprised if Deebo participated just to tweak Roger and his minions.

  26. tylawspick6 says: Apr 10, 2017 12:50 PM

    James “Low IQ” Harrison is too busy worrying about how NE stole his team’s “signals” on offense and defense in the 2004 title game.

    Apparently, Harrison is still wondering how his team loses to the Pats over and over and over again.

    He hasn’t quite figured it out yet.

  27. mybrunoblog says: Apr 10, 2017 12:53 PM

    I have a very bad feeling about the coming NFL/Las Vegas partnership. It seems like so much can go wrong. As the NFL embraces gambling they have to expect all the negatives that come with gambling will come with all the riches that Las Vegas offers.

  28. harrisonhits2 says: Apr 10, 2017 12:54 PM

    Ah James Harrison, one of Roger’s favorite guys.

  29. ducknichols50 says: Apr 10, 2017 12:57 PM

    todd sauerbrun the punter had some massive arms. what else might a punter do in practice when finished kicking? i’d imagine that many lift weights from time to time.

  30. largejk says: Apr 10, 2017 12:57 PM

    NFL wasn’t able to make any money from it, so they fine the participants so they do make money from it.
    Headline should have read: NFL gives us another reason in April, not to watch in September!

  31. mlhigh says: Apr 10, 2017 12:57 PM

    But Goodell’s number 1 boss, Jerrah, can have his star slap around women, pull their clothes off in public, visit bong shops aND go unscathed? Hmmmmmmm.

  32. BillAndTomsAsteriskAdventure says: Apr 10, 2017 12:58 PM

    Worst commissioner in pro sports. Not even close.

  33. akira1971 says: Apr 10, 2017 12:58 PM

    What a bunch of whiners on PFT. It’s a clause in a NFL players’ contract that pays them millions of dollars.

  34. mrf47 says: Apr 10, 2017 1:00 PM

    They should pay the fines with poker chips.

  35. xofdallas says: Apr 10, 2017 1:00 PM

    And now the NFL is putting a team there.

    Hypocracy in fact.

    Disaster in the making for young players.

    Next they’ll be pimping Jeff Pash out as a potential Secretary of Commerce while at the same time changing his permanent residence to Harah’s Las Vegas

  36. Slapshot says: Apr 10, 2017 1:04 PM

    Get a grip!

  37. udub says: Apr 10, 2017 1:06 PM

    What’s the big deal? They have a rule against events at casinos…the players participated in an event at a casino…so they got in trouble.

    I know everyone loves to complain about all things NFL, but it’s pretty simple, don’t participate in events at casinos.

  38. weepingjebus says: Apr 10, 2017 1:07 PM

    “What happened at the foot wrestling event?” — Rex Ryan

  39. rideforjesus says: Apr 10, 2017 1:07 PM

    And the issues with Sin city begin….

    So much for the keeping the NFL shield clean..

  40. steelpenguin6687 says: Apr 10, 2017 1:10 PM

    Unbelievable, the NFL, which owes most of its success (IMO) to gambling, takes issue with this activity. Take the gambling angle, FD and DKs included, out of the NFL in its entirety, and see how long the NFL, in its current form, lasts. I can guarantee you, they wouldn’t be taking in billions of dollars every year.

  41. returntoexcellence says: Apr 10, 2017 1:14 PM

    Well there ya go… NFL players can already get in to trouble in Vegas without them having a team there…… yet

  42. mlhigh says: Apr 10, 2017 1:15 PM

    An arm wrestling event in a Vegas Casino v. moving an nfl team to a town with 71 casinos?? What am I missing here? Oh wait, got it. It’s all about the money.

    This is such a pathetic, hypocritical, bad look for the nfl. Their shield gets muddier every day.

  43. meadowlandssports says: Apr 10, 2017 1:16 PM

    The NFLPA should hand out a flyer to all rookies when they sign their initial contract, and a reminder when each subsequent contract is signed:

    Step 1: If it’s not a team- or league-sanctioned event, stay home.

    Step 2: Invest your money wisely.

    Step 3: Once you retire, you’ll have lots of cash and all the time in the world to spend it doing whatever you want.

    I don’t know why the players don’t get this. If I was making their kind of money to play pro sports, you wouldn’t know I existed in the off-season. I can certainly handle being rich and bored for a few years.

  44. annapterp says: Apr 10, 2017 1:20 PM

    Just another reason why you’re seeing more players retire at a younger age. Players and the NFLPA absolutely HATE Goodell and NFL Corporate overall.

    The slow decline of the NFL continues.

  45. harrisonhits2 says: Apr 10, 2017 1:21 PM

    “todd sauerbrun the punter had some massive arms. what else might a punter do in practice when finished kicking?”

    Yes he was busted for steroid use, that might explain his arms.

  46. udub says: Apr 10, 2017 1:21 PM

    There are places to have events in Las Vegas not at casinos if you’ve ever been there.

    It’s not a Las Vegas issue, it’s a casino issue.

    Why are fans having such a problem figuring that out. Go ahead hate on the league, but have some intellectual honest about it. Dont just hate because its the next thing to hate on.

    The injury report by the way, is another thing people seem clueless about. It was created not to help gamblers, but to eliminate any chance for insider information to create gambling issues. It’s so a team trainer and a select few arent the only people that know player x is out and can use that info.

  47. xpensivewinos says: Apr 10, 2017 1:24 PM

    Does Comrade Trump run the NFL now? The hypocrisy is frighteningly predictable.

    Aside from the move to Vegas, the NFL’s website is nothing more than a shill for Fantasy Football. Last time I checked, that was gambling.

  48. jpb3700 says: Apr 10, 2017 1:34 PM

    I know the In thing nowadays is to blame Goodell and the NFL for everything but don’t the players need to have some accountability themselves also? Just because you don’t agree with a rule doesn’t give you permission to break it. Either these players didn’t know the rule which is on them and their agents, or they knew it and broke it anyway which is again on them or their agents. Either way I don’t feel bad for any of these players myself even though I’m sure I’m in the minority.

  49. akira1971 says: Apr 10, 2017 1:50 PM

    annapterp says:

    Just another reason why you’re seeing more players retire at a younger age. Players and the NFLPA absolutely HATE Goodell and NFL Corporate overall.

    The slow decline of the NFL continues.
    —————–

    What a moronic comment. Goodell has grown the business from $4b to $14 billion. Something previous commissioners Tagliabue, Rozelle, Bell, etc. couldn’t do even though the NFL was just as popular.

    Salary cap in Goodell’s first year was only $85.5m. This year it’s $167m. Players are sharing an extra BILLIONS because of Goodell. Sure they “hate” the money he brings them every year.

  50. imodan says: Apr 10, 2017 1:57 PM

    Lest we forget it is well known that the NFL’s next targeted city for a franchise is London. Thank goodness they don’t have gambling there huh. Wait, hold on. What’s that, they do? Hummmmm. So what’s all this anti-gambling babble coming from the NFL? Actions speak louder than words and Goodells actions continue to speak volumes.

  51. DolFan says: Apr 10, 2017 1:59 PM

    From what I can tell in my limited time searching, there are 32-40 Current or Former NFL players that participated in this.

  52. kuhlest says: Apr 10, 2017 2:00 PM

    So if the Raiders are moving there and some of the biggest organizations in the greater Las Vegas area are the casinos….You’re telling me that the players aren’t allowed to participate in events in their city’s event venues? This needs to be rethought and quickly.

  53. nflpoker says: Apr 10, 2017 2:20 PM

    I have heard of guys breaking their arms arm wrestling. What a way to be put on IR. Of course, they will fine them. They should. The NFL teams should put a “stupid” clause in the player’s contracts.

    BTW, the name of the player who won is wrong. The person was Roger Goodell. And he should have a “stupid” clause in his contract as well.

  54. melikefootball says: Apr 10, 2017 2:24 PM

    God-del at his finest, Gronk in Patsville can get in the wrestling ring when he can’t play and the league will fine these players. Time teams owners and players union start speaking out. The NFL has lost it way in the last ten years.

  55. stipez says: Apr 10, 2017 2:36 PM

    The arm wrestling is more dangerous than the casino, I’m shocked their contracts allowed it.

  56. 49ersfury says: Apr 10, 2017 2:49 PM

    Vegas is starting to corrupt the NFL already. I love it.

  57. gagecassidy says: Apr 10, 2017 2:53 PM

    Bull Hurley was there, he still hasn’t lost a second time.

  58. randomtopics says: Apr 10, 2017 2:53 PM

    this was a charity event. The NFL is turning into an absolute joke. Goodell needs to go.

  59. arzcardinals says: Apr 10, 2017 3:16 PM

    Rules: Follow them

  60. raiderinva says: Apr 10, 2017 3:16 PM

    Mario Edwards can’t even keep his tush on the field because he has the injury bug…. yet he can arm wrestle?

  61. crownofthehelmet says: Apr 10, 2017 3:37 PM

    tylawspick6 says:
    James “Low IQ” Harrison is too busy worrying about how NE stole his team’s “signals” on offense and defense in the 2004 title game.
    ———————————
    I wouldn’t say he’s worrying about it, he’s likely just frustrated that the game isn’t played on a level playing field, mano y mano, when playing the Pats. A frustration that 31/32 teams feel.

  62. tomtravis76 says: Apr 10, 2017 3:49 PM

    What about the players who play at Hard Rock stadium each week?

  63. granadafan says: Apr 10, 2017 4:06 PM

    Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports that the players will be fined for violating the league’s policy barring players from taking part in events held at casinos.

    This is going to be fun when the NFL allows the Raiders to move to Vegas.

  64. udub says: Apr 10, 2017 4:26 PM

    kuhlest says:
    Apr 10, 2017 2:00 PM
    So if the Raiders are moving there and some of the biggest organizations in the greater Las Vegas area are the casinos….You’re telling me that the players aren’t allowed to participate in events in their city’s event venues? This needs to be rethought and quickly.
    —————————————-
    There are plenty of event venues in Las Vegas that aren’t tied to casinos. This was not about being in Las Vegas, this was about being in a casino.

    Same event, same charity, held in a different venue = no fine. Not that hard to figure out.

  65. babygaga19 says: Apr 10, 2017 4:40 PM

    I have a very bad feeling about the Vegas partnership. It seems like so much can go wrong. As the NFL embraces gambling they have to expect all the negatives that come with gambling will come with all the riches that Las Vegas offers.
    ____________________
    Sorry man, the payout with Vegas riches is roughly the House wins 93 % of the time. I love Vegas, but don’t gamble. I work to hard for my money to throw it.away.

  66. noose18 says: Apr 10, 2017 4:45 PM

    Seems a little…over the top…

  67. zeke2517 says: Apr 10, 2017 4:45 PM

    What? Football and gambling? I am shocked! SHOCKED!

    These men must be punished!

  68. senatorblutarsky says: Apr 10, 2017 4:58 PM

    s more randomtopics says:
    Apr 10, 2017 2:53 PM

    this was a charity event. The NFL is turning into an absolute joke. Goodell needs to go. ______________________

    The Commissioner makes more in one month than you probably will during your whole life. I’m sure that he’s concerned about your opinion.

  69. nyneal says: Apr 10, 2017 5:34 PM

    The NFL is so hypocritical. It’s okay for the Raiders to move to Las Vegas, but the players can’t take part in an arm wrestling tournament in Las Vegas. I mean, really????

    The NFL’s only objection is they didn’t get part of the money these players got for participating.

    I never, ever thought I’d see the NFL turn into what it has turned into under Goodell. I have been a faithful watcher since 1960, but more and more I am finding better things to do than watch NFL games. I never watch the Thursday or Monday Night games and I rarely watch the Sunday Night games, either. And I wouldn’t watch the games played outside the U.S. if the NFL ;paid me to do it.
    I’ve already stopped going to NFL games and I refuse to buy any NFL merchandise.
    I do pay for the NFL package through Directv, but it wouldn’t take much for me to cancel that, too.
    I’m just so disgusted with the changes which have taken place under Goodell. There is not one thing I can think of that has been done under his watch which has made the game better. Well, maybe one. The extra point try being moved back is better. But other than that, the game is far worse under his leadership.
    It’s amazing how Goodell and the owners have taken a once great game and practically ruined it. The NFL is becoming another version of the WWE — all glitz and very little substance.

  70. illicitbehavior says: Apr 10, 2017 5:45 PM

    Good to see the NFL tackling the big issues. Reportedly several players were also fined for celebrating their arm-wrestling victories.

  71. wib22 says: Apr 10, 2017 5:53 PM

    And yet the patriots were allowed without penalty to send gronk to wrestlemania? Another example of cheating!

  72. factpurveyor says: Apr 10, 2017 6:17 PM

    Interesting….

    This event took place over the weekend. So it has taken less than 2 days for the NFL to make it known that the players will be fined.

    While the PSI information that was collected during the 2015 season still has not been reported. Seems that it only takes 2 days to write a press release. So what’s the hold up with the PSI report from 2015?

    Appears that when you force a player miss 25% of a season and take 2 draft picks away from a team it’s not convenient when you then collect data showing that footballs always lose PSI when its cold.

    So now it appears that Roger Goodell has decided to show everyone that the NFL lacks both transparency and integrity by continuing to hide the PSI information from football fans.

  73. Ferdinand says: Apr 10, 2017 6:53 PM

    I expect to hear that the League is building its own NFL themed casino within the next decade.

  74. drunkraider says: Apr 10, 2017 6:55 PM

    Goodell couldnt figure out a way to make money off the event so its on to the next best thing. fine the players.

  75. abninf says: Apr 10, 2017 7:03 PM

    Relax, millenials. Goodell didn’t make the rule, it was agreed upon by the players union.

  76. toybkshr says: Apr 10, 2017 7:41 PM

    Roger better not catch on fire!

  77. factpurveyor says: Apr 10, 2017 7:57 PM

    Seems like a minor infraction compared to:

    • Forcing Tom Brady to miss 25% of the Patriots 2016 superbowl championship season because of what the weather did.
    • Trying to fix 4 of the Patriots games. (successfully fixing one game).
    • Rigging the 2016 draft (see Patriots stolen 1st round draft pick)
    • Taking 1 million dollars away from the under false pretenses.
    • Planning to rig the 2017 draft (see Patriots stolen 4th round draft pick)

    All while keeping the PSI information from the 2015 season secret. So much for integrity and transparency.

  78. soaringelvis says: Apr 11, 2017 11:26 AM

    crownofthehelmet says:
    Apr 10, 2017 3:37 PM
    tylawspick6 says:
    James “Low IQ” Harrison is too busy worrying about how NE stole his team’s “signals” on offense and defense in the 2004 title game.
    ———————————
    I wouldn’t say he’s worrying about it, he’s likely just frustrated that the game isn’t played on a level playing field, mano y mano, when playing the Pats. A frustration that 31/32 teams feel.
    ———————-
    “Mano-e-mano when playing the Pats??” No wonder you all lose against them. Football is a team sport…There’s 11 teammates everybody counts on to do their job. Never mind the Coaching staff and their contributions, the Scouting staff, the Trainers, etc., they all have just one goal.

    Mano-e-mano, who are you? The little girl staring down the Bull on wall Street? Good luck with that!

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