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NFL Fining Players
Imagine a person fresh out of college getting fined thousands of dollars. This happens all of the time in the NFL. The bad thing is they’re not even breaking the law. Players are breaking the rules in the NFL and get fined. The reason behind all of this is to keep a fair game between the franchises. Yet these people make thousands and thousands of dollars anyways. Does fining even make a difference to them anyways? Some say the NFL fining its players is a good thing.
In the NFL there are many things that can cause a fine to a player. According to Jason Plautz players in the NFL can get fines for simply changing the color of their shoes (Mental Floss). Excessive celebration is a common way to get fined usually in the endzone. Only certain celebrations that would include fans or messing with the pylons and actions along those lines can result in a fine to a player. Also making contact with a referee in any way, which can be known in some cases as unsportsmanlike conduct will cause a fine in the direction of that player. Punching and kicking a player from the opposing team will get a player fined. In some cases tackling the quarterback after he has thrown the ball is illegal and the NFL will fine the player, and also late hits and cut blocking are illegal. The interesting thing is a player can avoid a fine, if there is no penalty flag thrown because of their actions.
In the NFL there have been fines handed out to people that were hundreds of thousands of dollars. According to Jason Plautz Chicago Bears wide receiver was fined $5250 for simply changing the color of his shoes. The reason he was fined was because a player can’t make uniform changes until they are pre cleared from the NFL ahead of time (Mental Floss). There have been more than one $100,000 fines handed out to people in the NFL. One to a coach for sideline interference with the game. The other $100,000 fine went to a tackle for cut blocking.The highest known fine in the NFL is $500,000 that went to Patriots coach Bill Belicheck. Belicheck recieved one of the highest fines of all times because he was caught spying on an opposing team’s defensive signals. The lowest known fine is no fine at all.
Fines collected from the NFL have been reported to go to a few different places. According to Jason Plautz fines from the NFL go to several forms of charity. Ever since 2010 some of the fine money has been known to be going back to aid retired players. Weather that be help them with money problems or help permanently injured players in different ways. The idea of bringing back fine money to retired players was brung about by Ryan...

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