NFL fines Marshon Lattimore for red kettle contribution

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Yes, the NFL needs to lighten up.

A league that dramatically relaxed the celebration rules in 2017 continues to punish players for interacting with the large red Salvation Army kettle that the Cowboys keep on the field from Thanksgiving through Christmas.

Last week, it was Dallas running back Ezekiel Elliott. This week, Saints cornerback Marshon Lattimore received a $13,369 fine for unsportsmanlike conduct. The infraction? Depositing $23 (matching the number he wears) into the red kettle.

After an interception during the Thursday night game that started Week 13, Lattimore produced the cash from under the knee pad in his pants and dropped it into the oversized receptacle, shining another light on a very good cause that the Cowboys have supported for more than two decades.

So why not let the players do it? The red kettle necessarily becomes part of the field in Dallas. Why not revise the rules to let the players use the kettle as a prop in the same way that they can now use the football as a prop?

Hopefully, it’s a rule that changes in the offseason. And if there’s anyone who can make a plausible argument for keeping the rule as it currently is, we’d love to hear it.

53 responses to “NFL fines Marshon Lattimore for red kettle contribution

  1. The NFL better donate all that money to the Salvation Army. That’s probably near a salary for the one person at the bottom of the totem pole who offers their life to serve others. Meanwhile Goodell is probably having a $1,000 dinner every night with his family.

  2. Meh.. They know they can’t do it. So what did he expect? Now that it has happened why doesn’t he designate that the fine goes to the Red Kettle anyway. Don’t they have the option to send the fine to a non-profit.

  3. Stop calling it a fine and turn it into a fundraising tool: make a $25,000 donation to the Salvation Army and you can use it as a prop as much as you want.

  4. I generally don’t like excessive celebrations but this one is great. The Salvation Army is a caring cause. I throw a buck in every time I see one during the Holidays. I’ve never personally seen anyone deposit 23 dollars in the kettle so that in itself is a good deed. Not sure where Roger is taking us

  5. It kinda works out because they can donate the fine to what they choose. So maybe its a ploy from the nfl to keep rules intact and to entise others to do it. Twisted thinking but not everything is black and white.

  6. Fines like this make the league look petty and insecure. Are they afraid that an on the field charitable donation will tarnish the shield? Ridiculous….

  7. I would like to see a list of all the charities, and how much each one gets from all these ridiculous fines the NFL levies. Don’t hold your breath. I think it goes to Roger’s salary.

  8. The nfl and it’s fining is out of control. Especially this one. Only an evil person eoyld Punish someone for hekping the needy. Whoever was involved in this distasteful and sickening decision should all be fired. We don’t need terrible evil people like that making decisions for the nfl. We need friendly classy people who can make good decisions. What a joke this fine is. Unbelievable. Disgusting. Disgraceful.

  9. Why complain about this? If anything, isn’t this going to motivate MORE people to donate to the Salvation Army (some, in part, to solely spite the NFL)?

  10. If the league is ”offended” by the showmanship of a player (from any team) making a contribution to the kettle during a game, then the league needs to tell the Cowboys to remove it from the field. And slap the Salvation Army in the face at the same time. Protect the shield, offend the sponsors of a good cause.

  11. One good reason…the SA is openly anti-LGBT. The kettle shouldn’t be on the field of any organization that cares about equal civil rights.

    But that’s Jerruh for you.

  12. It may seem no-fun, but where do you draw the line? You allow this then other props elsewhere will crop up with some charitable angle added merely as an excuse by the player. No props. Period. In fact I’d ban those silly dances/routines as it makes pro sport look childish.

  13. Seeing that any employer can not make deductions from your paycheck without your written consent, the guys that have been fined for this should write out a check for the amount of the fine and personally drop it in the Red Kettle during the game.

  14. It’s all good publicity for the cause. Consider it a $13,369 advertisement. We wouldn’t be reading about it now, were it not for the fine.

  15. I don’t like most so called charities as they are just rich people getting rich giving very little to any cause. Not true with the Salvation Army[SA] and I can’t figure out why the NFL insists on making this a big deal. Let them give the SA a little free advertisement.

  16. Let me get this right….The NFL issues a fine for donating to the Salvation Army, which a player has the right to do, but did nothing about players who refused to stand for the National Anthem which was also their right to do.
    It would appear both would fall under “Freedom of Speech or Expression” just like the now almost borderline ridiculous touchdown celebrations are.

    Personally I hate the end zone celebrations but on the other hand I did like it when Zeke jumped into the Kettle
    The NFL needs to get their act together….either allow props, protest and celebrations with no fine or have a zero tolerance for any of the above.

    This moving target of fines makes a person dizzy….makes one yearn for the good old days when there were not props on the field, everybody stood for the anthem and players actually acted like they had been in the end zone before and either spiked the ball or just handed it to the nearest official
    Now it’s just a “Dig Me” moment where they point to the name on the back of their jersey and who cares about the name on the front

  17. I support the Salvation Army, and any charity that helps the “needy”! It would be good to see the NFL put a whole bunch of money toward supporting those charities….I would rather that they do away with any celebrations after a touchdown though….I wish all athletes would subscribe to the “Barry Sanders” method, and calmly walk back to their bench, with the “been there, done that” scenario….tired of all of the over-blown celebrations, which the media and television broadcast has only helped to promote…they never show any footage of idiots from the stands running onto the field, and I would appreciate it if they would impact the game by not showing any celebrations either! Its all about what they choose to show.

  18. Do we think the NFL just says they fine these players but then does’t actually as a way to help keep it in the news cycle? I mean, be clever if they did but the NFL isn’t really that forward thinking.

  19. they fined Elliot earlier in the week for doing it on Thanksgiving. At least they stayed consistent in fining Lattimore and for the exact same amount. neither should have been fined, but to fine Elliot without fining Lattimore would have been worse.

  20. Every charity gets a seat at the table, or none. Every NFL game should have 1 charity showcased at the gates, and on the field … That would be 8 different charities per 8 home games per the 32 teams.

  21. It could have been worse. He could have peed in the bucket.

    I have a special play in my heart for the Salvation Army. When I was born I spent my first Christmas in the hospital very badly sick with pneumonia as well as a kidney infection. The Salvation Army had given me a small Christmas scene that lit up. I still have it several decades later. My mom had told me about it. I obviously was too young to know anything.

    In terms of celebrations, they need to be spontaneous, not choreographed. It looks silly when the players wait for the camera to get into position so that they can perform their silly routine.

  22. I’m as disappointed in the NFL as any of you, but I think the point has been missed.

    The violating prop isn’t the red kettle, it’s the 23 dollars that were brought onto the field with the expressed intent of using it as part of a celebration.

    And for those ready to give me the down-thumb, as this isn’t an official collection kettle, what assurance does anyone have that the $23 ends up in the hands of the Salvation Army and not the stadium clean-up crew?

  23. holidlove says:
    December 8, 2018 at 9:30 pm

    Why complain about this? If anything, isn’t this going to motivate MORE people to donate to the Salvation Army (some, in part, to solely spite the NFL)?

    Because it’s petty. Why even have a giant Salvation Army kettle on the field in the first place? Do they roll it around so the fans can toss money at it?

  24. These Look at me Players’s .They should have to pay a extremely High Fine for these Planned celebration.Why would you have money on/in your uniform. If you had not pre-plan the celebrations.Most of these Me to Player’s, Look at me Player’s. Make Million’s of dollars.So, Why didn’t Elliot donate $210,000 to the salvation Army kettle ???? It is a Tax write off for him anyway. Probably because, these Players are just doing this incident for self glory. To have the TV camera on them. Not for the purpose of Helping drawn attending to the charity event. Which is what the Salvation Army is. I wished There was More Player’s like Barry Sander. A Hall of Fame Player who showed Class and Grace during his playing NFL career. WR,RB, QB have mostly scored TD’s all of their career. From High School, College , Now NFL. Why do they need to put on a Extra Show / Event / Celebration when they Score a TD????? A DE, CB,OL, etc scoring a TD. Is cause for a celebration. Because it is Something Special in the NFL. The Fun of the Game is watching the Best in NFL Football, play the game.

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