NFL hands out more than $94,000 in fines for taunting, unsportsmanlike conduct

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The NFL hasn’t just stepped up the enforcement of taunting with penalty flags. The league is also cracking down on taunting by fining the offending players.

The league dished out fines totaling more than $94,000 for taunting and unsportsmanlike conduct, according to Tom Pelissero of NFL Media.

Seahawks guard Gabe Jackson got a $12,875 fine. Chargers tight end Jared Cook, Chargers wide receiver Keenan Allen, Bears safety Tashaun Gipson and Bengals safety Vonn Bell each got $10,300.

Bills cornerback Levi Wallace was fined $9,526 and Seahawks cornerback D.J. Reed was fined $5,111.

Steelers guard Trai Turner got the biggest fine for unsportsmanlike conduct this week, but his $15,450 fine was for spitting at an opponent, which was an infraction that drew fines and ejections even before this year’s emphasis on taunting.

Although the league has taken plenty of criticism for its focus on taunting this season, there’s no indication that the decision-makers are having any second thoughts. And so players will either need to learn not to taunt, or will have to get used to 15-yard penalties and five-figure fines.

14 responses to “NFL hands out more than $94,000 in fines for taunting, unsportsmanlike conduct

  1. The penalty on D.J. Reid for taunting was ridiculous… the fine is insulting, and proves the NFL can’t own up to it’s mistakes.

  2. Endzone celebrations are allowed where an entire unit (offense/defense/ST) can get together to perform a choreographed celebration, but clapping over an opponent you just sacked or pointing at a DB you just beat is unacceptable? Somebody make it make sense.

  3. Lame should be banned from the sport for six weeks and fined half a million for his showboating/taunting flip into the endzone – that was unprofessional, unethical, and disgusting conduct for a so-called QB in the NFL. You might expect that level of conduct from a first year, first game rookie – but someone who is supposed to be a professional, that is an absolutely disgusting level of conduct. He should be made an example.

  4. I don’t care what the rules say… but if you spit on another man… they should be allowed to beat you into a smudge with their helmet.

  5. Heavy handed application of a new rule because the league is trying to make a point. These won’t be called 8 weeks from now.
    Levi Wallace had the best revenge though – the next time the ball was thrown in his direction he got an INT. It’s just a new form of motivation for some of these guys.

  6. An unpopular opinion: rules that make guys shut up and play are good for the game.

    If you’re thinking about mowing the lawn on Sundays because you don’t get to watch players taunt other players, then you probably never really loved the game itself.

  7. bronco1015 says:
    September 25, 2021 at 4:55 pm
    Where does this money go?

    Charity. The fines go to help former players get through life from all the physical and mental damage they incurred during their career.
    *Also, “donating to charity” is a common tax dodge in the USA.

  8. We fans need to stand up more to this roger Goodell..he’s ruining football..its us fans that make them rich. If their was taunting some of these players would use it as motivation to pick their skills

  9. You know you what no one knows on this site when they complain is what was said. They have absolutely no clue. All some people see is someone standing over someone and getting a flag. Without audio , know one has no clue.

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