The NFL finally got around to handing out fines for the scuffle at the end of the Jacksonville Jaguars Seattle Seahawks game last Sunday, and there were a few surprises. First, out of the ruckus Jaguars running back Leonard Fournette ended up with the highest fine ($12,154) while Michael Bennett was not fined at all.
Fournette seemed surprised by his fine on Twitter, but stated it was worth it.
Quinton Jefferson and Sheldon Richardson were each fined $9,115 for their unsportsmanlike conduct penalties that got them ejected from the game, while Seahawks offensive lineman Germain Ifedi was fined $24,309 for verbal abuse of a referee. Seahawks coach Pete Carroll was also fined for “improperly entering the playing field”.
All the other fines make since and are fine, but the fact that Michael Bennett skirted both a suspension AND a fine, all while the league preaches about “player safety” and suspending players for legal hits, but a player who very clearly takes out someone’s knee well after a play is over isn’t even fined?