We’re currently in the process of asking the league and the players union the pesky question of whether Jaguars coach Mike Mularkey can actually fine his players $10,000.
But after careful perusal of Article 42 of the CBA, nowhere in the document does it say “loose lips sink ships.”
The CBA allows teams to fine players for a number of things, including being overweight, up to $495 per pound, no more than twice a week.
A fine of $1,855 can be levied for missing a team meal, failing to report an injury, losing club-provided equipment or throwing a football into the stands.
Fines of $9,915 can be handed out for “material failure to follow rehabilitation program prescribed by Club physician,” for missing a team bus or flight, or for loss of a game plan or scouting report.
The CBA does require teams to “publish and make available to all players at the commencement of preseason training camp a complete list of the discipline that can be imposed for both designated offensives within the limits set by the maximum schedule referred to in Section 1 above and for other violations of reasonable Club rules.”
The question here is whether a five-figure fine for talking about an injury falls within the bounds of “reasonable.” I have my own interpretation, but I am neither a lawyer nor Mike Mularkey.
We’ll let you know what we hear.