Anquan Boldin fined for throwing game-winning TD ball into stands

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Lions receiver Anquan Boldin probably won’t mind this week’s fine too much.

Boldin got his paycheck docked $6,076 this week because he threw the ball into the stands during the game. Boldin did it in an exuberant celebration after scoring the game-winning touchdown, so he likely feels OK about losing some money under those circumstances.

The NFL does not fine players for handing footballs to fans, but it does fine players for throwing footballs into the stands. The league is concerned about crowd control and safety if large numbers of fans are climbing over each other trying to catch a thrown football.

48 responses to “Anquan Boldin fined for throwing game-winning TD ball into stands

  1. The league is concerned about crowd safety but it doesn’t shorten preseason games for player safety.

    Seems legit.

  2. Keep those emotions in check Anquan. Don’t let anyone know that you enjoyed that big moment! We simply cannot have that!

  3. The important question is was this fine larger than those guilty of personal fouls last week. Because THIS is the type of stuff that needs to be put a stop to in today’s NFL.

  4. I know that footballs are obviously going to be much more coveted than baseballs, but MLB fans seem to have no problem of not killing each other when balls are thrown or hit into the stands. Just another NFL “rule” that really has no place.

  5. I’m sure Goodell can justify the fine by explaining that this is to promote fan safety. After all, Boldin could have hit someone in the stands and caused a concussion, lol.

  6. Gronk got a 15 yard penalty for talking smack on the football field

    But Anquan endangers fans lives and just gets a fine? 15 yard penalty will stop that.

    Wow….did I just ask for more rules to penalize players?

    But it seems more sensible than a 15 yard penalty for talking smack

  7. My goodness, next time players would get fine for scoring touch downs. NFL needs to go, no wonder rating is dropping. They played the games to get fine and make money for nfl, that’s it.

  8. “The league is concerned about crowd safety but it doesn’t shorten preseason games for player safety”
    ————————-
    The NFL was sued several years ago over a fan injured in a scrum for one of the balls thrown into the stands. To protect themselves from more lawsuits for “intentional act by an employee of the NFL, “, they enacted this rule.
    Thank the lawyers for this one.

  9. Fan Safety? Can the NFL publish the 10000 page book of illegal celebrations so we can all know what they look like… ya know, just like we all now know what a “catch” is.

    #Hecaughttheball

  10. It is more probable than not that they are concerned that a fan might have a scale or a Wilson logo gauge.

  11. And the NFL wonder why the ratings are down. They fine for everything and want the players to be robotic and with no emotions.

    I’m changing the channel.

  12. Does anyone at PFT know if there is a record of where all the money from these fines go? I know it’s charity but what charities and how much?

  13. Yet another reason to tune out. Keep digging that hole and pretending nothing is wrong, NFL. What a poorly run league.

  14. Incredibly stupid. A guy celebrates with the home fans for scoring a game winner and the league frowns on that? What a bunch of idiots in the league office. Or maybe it’s just one idiot.

  15. ….if I was a player I would just hold onto the ball after I scored a TD and take it with me to the sideline. Just have ALL my teammates who score TD’s KEEP EVERY ball & pay the darn $500.00. Let the NFL ‘lose’ 5 to 6 footballs a game…….it’s gotten so farcical trying to celebrate in the NFL…..

  16. hawkforlife says:
    Oct 28, 2016 4:46 PM

    Does anyone at PFT know if there is a record of where all the money from these fines go? I know it’s charity but what charities and how much?
    —————————-

    The Little Sisters of the NFL Owners Trust

  17. db49423 says:
    Oct 28, 2016 4:55 PM

    Incredibly stupid. A guy celebrates with the home fans for scoring a game winner and the league frowns on that? What a bunch of idiots in the league office. Or maybe it’s just one idiot.
    ————————

    Just do what every other bozo does and flip it to some kid sitting down near the field.

  18. Goodell is the worst commissioner in all of sports. No wonder fans are changing the channel. No Fun League.

  19. Thanks to the NFL, MLB will now require that all home teams net off their entire stadiums to prevent foul balls from causing mass riots in the stands, and t-shirt launcher makers will all go out of business.

  20. Anquan is earning every dollar of his contract this year. Maybe it would be a good idea for Jim Caldwell to put up the money for that fine.

    Apophenia that.

  21. Nice job Commish, excessive celebration needs to be curtailed. Throwing the ball into the stands is way worse than say, breaking a QB’s arm by spearing him with your helmet, like Clay Mathews did to Brian Hoyer last week.

    Getting tough to watch the NFL these days..

  22. And the wonder why ratings are down. Maybe us fans that pay so much to support our teams are sick of this crap. Let the guys dance, throw, dunk, or whatever. If nobody gets hurt and its not offensive to anyone who cares.

    NO
    FUN
    League

    Goodell has single handle begun the destruction of the NFL

  23. willycents says:
    Oct 28, 2016 4:30 PM
    “The league is concerned about crowd safety but it doesn’t shorten preseason games for player safety”
    ————————-
    The NFL was sued several years ago over a fan injured in a scrum for one of the balls thrown into the stands. To protect themselves from more lawsuits for “intentional act by an employee of the NFL, “, they enacted this rule.
    Thank the lawyers for this one.

    ———-

    I’m pretty sure it’s happened in baseball before yet the MLB is still relaxed. These pencil pushers are killing the league, literally. We need a new football league.

  24. Each week before Sunday I think maybe I’ll give the League another chance. Then I read something like this and say nah, I have other things I can do.

  25. Another prime example of why I am not watching any NFL this year if my team isn’t playing.

  26. 6k for celebrating and throwing a football in the stands and 9k for intent to injure another player. Yep sounds right.

    I understand the danger of it. Baseball is thinking about fining anyone that hits a foul ball or home run next year

  27. Where was the excessive celebration penalty on that??? Josh Norman gets 15 for a bow and arrow and didn’t even motion shooting the thing?? Boldin could’ve nailed someone in the head.

    Makes no sense!!

  28. The amounts determined for fines are not an attempt to quantify how “bad” an action is, and therefore comparing fines for different infractions is meaningless. Seems pretty obvious but here I sit and see so many people failing to understand something so simple.

  29. Kid: Mr. Greene, Mr. Greene?
    Greene: Yeah?
    Kid: Do you need any help?
    Greene: Nah.
    Kid: I just want you to know, I think…I think you’re the best ever.
    Greene: Yeah, sure.
    Kid: Want my Coke?
    Greene: Ok, thanks. [Guzzles Coke]
    Kid: See you around. [Begins walking away…]
    Greene: Hey kid, catch. [Tosses jersey]
    Goodell: That’ll be six grand.

  30. Throw ball into stands with potential injury to fans=$6,000
    Taking a fake picture with no potential injury to anyone=$12,000

    Now I get it….or maybe I don’t

    Can’t wait to hear delusional Goodell’s excuse for this one

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