The NFL has decided to fine New Orleans Saints‘ TE Jimmy Graham after he ignored the offseason rule change by continuing his signature touchdown celebration. Following his first score against the Tennessee Titans, Graham ran to the back of the endzone to slam-dunk the football over the crossbar.
It may have been a bit humorous the first time, but after his second touchdown, he did it again. The Saints were penalized both times during the preseason contest, which did not sit well with Coach Sean Payton. According to reports today, the league has slapped the superstar with fines totaling $30,000.
That’s a big chunk of cash, but I’m sure it’s considered chump change to Jimmy after signing a 4-year, $40 million contract in July that made him the highest paid tight end in the National Football League. However, between the testing of Payton’s patience and the fine, Graham has likely learned his lesson. Bonehead moves that hurt your team like that are unacceptable, especially when the regular season gets underway.
One thing that doesn’t sit well with me is the fact that Cleveland Browns‘ QB Johnny Manziel was only fined $12,000 for giving the Washington Redskins‘ bench the middle finger on national television. Compared to Jimmy, Mr. Football got off a little easy, but I guess Graham’s mishap was a slap in the face to all of NFL officiating rather than one just one team.
If only he wouldn’t have thrown down so hard in Atlanta last year. Oh well, watching the goal post bend out of place against the Falcons in the Georgia Dome was definitely worth it.