Just when you were starting to realize that the NFL could have been trying to protect fans by fining the Jets’ Shawn Ellis for throwing a snow boulder into the stands in Seattle, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell signs off on this atrocity: The league is fining Patriots wide receiver $10,000 Wes Welker for making a snow angel, according to Christoper Gaper of the BOSTON GLOBE.
(Welker being an NFL deviant, evidently.)
That’s right, despite the fact that Welker’s second-half touchdown celebration A) didn’t involve any teammates, B) only involved props provided by nature, C) lasted for less than five seconds and D) was clearly an improptu reaction, the league is still handing down it’s standard $10G celebration fine. Talk about a crappy Christmas present to one of the league’s hardest-working, most reliable players.
To call the fine humorless is a significant understatement. To call it a cynical holiday present doesn’t do it justice. This, in its most pure, bottom line, is the NFL outlawing any expression of impetuous personal jubilation.