After Eagles receiver Jordan Matthews scored the game-winning touchdown on Sunday night in Dallas, he exuberantly threw the football into the stands. That’s an NFL no-no.
The NFL has confirmed that it fined Matthews $5,787 for throwing the ball into the stands.
Although the league allows players to hand a ball to fans, it’s against the rules to throw the ball into the stands. The league is worried about the crowd control issues that could come from multiple fans fighting over a ball, leaning over a railing to grab a ball, tripping and falling while running for a ball, etc.
The NFL has been handing these fines down for years, and players still routinely throw balls into the stands. When you’re excited about scoring a touchdown, a fine won’t stop your exuberant celebration.