Aaron Jones fined for waving goodbye during touchdown run

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On Wednesday, the NFL announced that Packers running back Aaron Jones had been named the NFC offensive player of the week after scoring four touchdowns in a 34-24 win over the Cowboys.

Jones got a less celebratory message from the league this week as well. Jones said on Friday that he has been fined $10,527 for taunting.

The fine is related to Jones’s decision to wave goodbye to Cowboys cornerback Byron Jones on the way into the end zone on one of his touchdown runs.

“I can’t say it’s worth it, but it’s a dope picture,” Jones said, via Rob Demovsky of ESPN.com. “I’m going to have that blown up.”

Given the league’s response to Jones, there’s a good chance that 49ers running back Matt Breida has also heard from the league after throwing a wave at the Browns at the tail end of an 83-yard touchdown run on Monday night.

61 responses to “Aaron Jones fined for waving goodbye during touchdown run

  1. He’s a good player and anyone who knows anything about him knows he’s probably the most humble guy on the team. I will take 5.06 yards per carry for his career all day. His YPA is down this year because the o-line is still learning a whole knew blocking scheme and MLF is still learning how to call plays for Jones. They’ve been playing in the same system for a decade.

  2. What happened to the 15-Yard Taunting flag that should have come out during the play, and nullified the TD?? When did they decide to change that rule?

  3. Absurd fine.

    I’m with Jones, and Belichick: if you don’t ;Ike it, stop it.

    What about Golden Tate going into the end zone backwards on his TD last night? That’s a ‘catch me if you can’ gesture.

    League is for girls now. No fun league, even while brains are scrambled inside skulls.

  4. vikesfannj says:
    October 11, 2019 at 4:48 pm
    What happened to the 15-Yard Taunting flag that should have come out during the play, and nullified the TD?? When did they decide to change that rule?
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    get out of here with that nonsense. Waving at a guy five yards away is hardly taunting. Is it showboating, yes, but that’s not a penalty. You’re really grasping at straws.

  5. vikesfannj says:

    What happened to the 15-Yard Taunting flag that should have come out during the play, and nullified the TD?? When did they decide to change that rule?
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    That is a college football rule and not NFL. It would be a lame rule for the NFL anyway.

  6. Ah yes, just like the BS OPI against the Vikings on a 3-yard slant TD.. Don’t even go there…

  7. I’m not a fan of that kind of thing, but a FINE? That was a lot less strident than a lot of the trash talking that goes on within the game on every play. Real hypocritical of the league, but that doesn’t surprise me

  8. As far as the season goes, I’m happy the packers are 4-1 but they need to improve. The smiths are great but I need to see them produce against good o-lines. They struggled against philly. The dallas game would have been a lot different if they had both their tackles. The defense is vastly improved but they seem to rely on sacks and turnovers and I don’t know if that’s sustainable.

    Rodgers needs to stop missing on his deep balls. He misses one or two big plays a game. It’s a real concern. That said, the offense is scoring more points with each consecutive game so there’s clear improvement going on.

    The bears and lions are tough. The vikings aren’t going anywhere with cousins. Vikings fans–stop it with all the smack talk here. You’re not making a deep playoff run with cousins and you know it. Deep down you know the best you can hope for out of this season is finishing ahead of the packers or watching them lose early in the playoffs. The truth is, this season doesn’t matter. Any realistic packers fan knows we were two solid offseasons away from being true contenders. We had one really great offseason and any success this season is bonus. We need one more good offseason to start thinking superbowl again. Vikings are years away from superbowl talk because they need to deal with one more seasons with Cousins and then find a quarterback who can lead the team, which in the best case scenario will take 2-3 years more and by then all the solid players you have locked down will be past their prime.

  9. It was a penalty. It should have been called. Since when are the rules supposed to be arbitrarily enforced. Oh, that’s right, when the league wants a particular team to win. That was one of at least 4 calls that were not called against the packers when they commited penalties.

  10. do vikings fans take pride in blaming the refs for everything? Have some self respect. There are bad calls on both sides in every game. Deal with it. Each team has 60 minutes to make enough plays to win the game. Sometimes you need to make plays to overcome bad calls. The packers failed to overcome a missed pass interference call in the philly game and I don’t see any packers fans dwelling on that. Seriously, grow up, accept that officiating is flawed and that EVERY TEAM has calls that go for and against them and start putting the responsibility on your team to make enough plays to win games. Good teams overcome bad calls. Bad teams can’t and resort to blaming the bad calls because they just don’t make enough plays to win the game. Period.

  11. Oh, and by the way, the packers got screwed on the calls against the eagles the same way. The calls are geared to favor one team obviously in some games.

  12. He should’ve been flagged for taunting, and I’m surprised he wasn’t. Bush league. He’s young. He’s excitable. He’s probably already been told by numerous people to knock that crap off.

  13. And even if the OPI in the endzone wasn’t called and the vikings got the touchdown, do the math–the vikings STILL wouldn’t have won. The vikings lost that game because their quarterback threw a horrible interception when his running back was marching down the field. Howabout vikings fans dwell on that. That could have been 7, 3 at minimum whereas the OPI was a difference of 3. Again, your team did not make enough plays to win. They made enough mistakes to lose.

  14. I will have to try and get myself a copy of that blown up picture. Have Aaron autograph it and off to my framer it goes.

    Aaron played H.S. and college football in Texas. He had 30 family and friends in the stands. Aaron said he will remember that special day forever. If you know Aaron it is almost sad that they had the nerve to fine him for that.

    #GoPackGo!🏈

  15. Listen, the way the league is run is far from a well oiled machine but if you honestly believe they are fixing games you are straight up crazy. The legal ramifications for such a thing would cost the NFL so much money and the league would NEVER recover. It would be the end of the NFL. Any rational person with even a little bit of sense knows that the league does not send down orders to help certain teams win.

    Do certain quarterbacks get calls other quarterbacks don’t get? Absolutely and it’s a real problem. If they were going to allow coaches to challenge new things, it should have been roughing the passer calls. Sometimes the replay shows that a player didn’t come close to hitting a quarterback in the head but the way the quarterback’s head jerks back in real time makes it look like it did so they call a flag when if they could replay the call it would be obvious it was not roughing the passer. Those calls are HUGE and can totally change a game and it would be much easier to overturn a bad roughing the passer than this garbage pass interference challenge, which they obviously aren’t overturning at all. Coach’s should totally cut their losses and realize that they are wasting challenges because the refs are refusing to admit their original call was wrong. All it’s doing is slowing down the game.

  16. vikesfannj says:
    October 11, 2019 at 4:48 pm
    What happened to the 15-Yard Taunting flag that should have come out during the play, and nullified the TD?? When did they decide to change that rule?

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    If that’s what you really want, the Vikings would have lost by 12 and not 5 to the Packers.

  17. I am definitely not a big fan of this kind of thing.
    Though I do believe a fine is a bit excessive, it should put an exclamation point on the lesson.
    Earlier in the week, Jones owned up to the fact that this situation was addressed during the game by the coaching staff and stated that it wouldn’t happen again.
    I’ll take him at his word.

    As to whether this was a flag worthy offense, I believe the point is moot.
    It was subtle enough that nobody saw it until the replay was shown.
    And I would attribute this more to showboating, closer to high stepping, or running parallel to the goal line, rather than taunting.

    Taunting usually falls under the umbrella of an aggressive act, such as standing over a prone player, or spiking the ball at another.
    Still, it is a judgment type call, and in the eye of the beholder, it’s better just to stay out of that gray area altogether.

  18. Plenty of videos showing college players doing exactly this and being flagged. 15 yards from spot first occurred, no TD!
    No penalty in the pros, but, May get your knee twisted!

  19. Kneel and no problem but wave bye bye as you score and 10K fine
    This is why more and more people just don’t care for the NFL anymore

  20. I’m a diehard Viking fan, and hate the packers. I’ll say this is completely pathetic. Now waving bye is a penalty in this league. Give me the old platform of football back, this new version sucks.

  21. $10,000 plus for that is nonsense NFL. I am not a fan of what he did but still,that doesn’t warrant a fine like that if at all. Why is the fine necessary there? I feel if you throw the flag and make them kick off deeper in their end it is good enough.
    Refs always don’t know what is going on between players during a game. They could know one another. They could have had some words prior to this. Anyway I don’t see it.

  22. This is ridiculous!!
    These guys work their bag off, put their life on the line. And when they want to show off a little the get a massive fine?? I’m calling Jerry out! Bush league!

  23. rodgersforthewin says:
    October 11, 2019 at 4:54 pm

    vikesfannj says:
    October 11, 2019 at 4:48 pm
    What happened to the 15-Yard Taunting flag that should have come out during the play, and nullified the TD?? When did they decide to change that rule?
    ——————————–
    get out of here with that nonsense. Waving at a guy five yards away is hardly taunting. Is it showboating, yes, but that’s not a penalty. You’re really grasping at straws.
    ____________

    You’re both wrong. If that isn’t the definition of taunting, I don’t know what is. It should have been a 15-yard penalty, enforced on the extra point. It would not nullify the touchdown.

  24. Taunting is a penalty in the NFL.
    SECTION 3 UNSPORTSMANLIKE CONDUCT
    ARTICLE 1. PROHIBITED ACTS. There shall be no unsportsmanlike conduct. This applies to any act which is contrary to the
    generally understood principles of sportsmanship. Such acts specifically include, among others:
    (a) Throwing a punch, or a forearm, or kicking at an opponent, even though no contact is made.
    (b) Using abusive, threatening, or insulting language or gestures to opponents, teammates, officials, or representatives of the
    League.
    (c) Using baiting or taunting acts or words that may engender ill will between teams.

    I’m a Packers fan and when it happened I thought for sure a flag would be thrown and the TD nullified.

  25. Packer fan here. At the very least, he is putting a larger target on his back for showing someone up. Bring back the Barry Sanders TD celebrations please.

  26. cheeseisfattening says:
    October 11, 2019 at 6:42 pm
    Can’t really blame the player though. It’s the team culture that emanates from the fan base. just look at the support Jones is getting in here for his taunting
    Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    Well, at least he got punished for doing something not very nice. He wasn’t rewarded with two years off and double salary for making a six year old child bleed.

    He’s got that goin’ for ‘im.

  27. bigdogsolec says:
    October 11, 2019 at 6:32 pm
    WOW , 1 person brings up the VIKINGS and the whole blog blows up to VIKINGS.I thought this was a Packers/Cowboys blog ?
    Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    Welcome to our world. Viking trolls are here all the time, commenting on anything remotely involving the Packers. They like to pick unnecessary fights. It’s their self-admitted entertainment. Their very, very jealous of Packer success in the absence of their own.

  28. cheeseisfattening says:
    October 11, 2019 at 6:42 pm
    Can’t really blame the player though. It’s the team culture that emanates from the fan base. just look at the support Jones is getting in here for his taunting
    >>>><<<<<<
    Yea, what a terrible emanating thing Aaron done, did there. You must be in the middle of happy hour at your local Dairy Queen.

  29. Rob Brzezinski is a Magician says:
    October 11, 2019 at 6:21 pm
    I told you it was bush league. Even stellar agrees with me!
    Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    I don’t want to split hairs, but aren’t you agreeing with me?

  30. I’m a fan it’s good old fashioned smack talk. Now when everybody was doing orchestrated group td celebrations that was a bit much. But let them have some fun. What’s next we won’t keep score when a team is up by 40. The Dolphins would never finish a game.

  31. If it’s a penalty call it!!! Its a shame the league has come to a point where they have to penalize player for their conduct. Years ago it was hard hitting get back to the huddle and do it again. And if you did something like showing a player up you knew the next time he’s going to get smacked in the mouth. if you want to talk about b s, how come after every turnover the defense has to sprint 60 yards for their pictures to be taken in the end zone? At work every time I do something good and what I’m suppose to do I should run out of the building and start hi fiven people and posing.

  32. cellarperformance says:

    Rob Brzezinski is a Magician says:
    October 11, 2019 at 6:21 pm
    I told you it was bush league. Even stellar agrees with me!
    Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    I don’t want to split hairs, but aren’t you agreeing with me?
    ###

    You post agreed with what Rob believes. You agree with what I believe on this issue too.

    As posted by mjimmym, I like the Barry Sanders method of celebrating a TD – hand the ball to the ref and act like you’ve been there before…

  33. Norseman817…please tell me you’re not of cheeseisfattening’s fake sign in trolls. I like your style. Please tell me you’re a real poster.

  34. This is complete BS. He’s not hurting anyone. If the other players can’t take a little harmless fun they shouldn’t be playing football. They can go play jacks instead.

  35. The Roadrunner waves bye-bye to the Coyote and everyone laughs.
    oh well, at least Byron didn’t get an anvil dropped on him.

  36. “At work every time I do something good and what I’m suppose to do I should run out of the building and start hi fiven people and posing.”
    _______________

    For your question to ever have a chance of happening it would require you to have job and do something good at said job. Therefore, it is impossible for your hypothesized situation to occur.

  37. I was surprised it wasn’t flagged on the field. It was blatant taunting. We may not like the taunting rules, but if you’re going to have them and call them sometimes, they need to call them consistently. This was yet another huge flagrant MISS by officials.

  38. TheDPR says:
    October 12, 2019 at 11:52 am
    I was surprised it wasn’t flagged on the field. It was blatant taunting. We may not like the taunting rules, but if you’re going to have them and call them sometimes, they need to call them consistently. This was yet another huge flagrant MISS by officials.
    Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    Sure, it was a missed call, but not a game-changer. The score wouldn’t have been negated. Any penalty would’ve been assessed on the extra point or the kick-off. It certainly was far from a “huge, flagrant, MISS by officials.” Take a pill.

  39. Penalty no penalty, doesn’t matter. Bush league, disrespectful move. If a Viking player did it I would feel the same. I cringe every time the Vikings score a TD. Their scripted dances are embarrassing. Lets just play football.

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