There is a reason the NFL is often colloquially referred to as the "No Fun League." Roger "He's Doing It Again" Goodell takes every offseason as a chance to party down with the trolls in his inner circle to further mess with the game of football. Our words may be harsh, but with new regulations passed during the 2014 offseason, flags seem to be thrown on nearly every play now. Most recently a flag was thrown in the Cowboys and Lions game, after which the refs had a brief convention on the field, picked each others noses for a minute, giggled, and then picked up the flag.
It would be wrong to pin too many of the blunders this season on the officials, because it wasn't the refs who made EVERYTHING a penalty. They seem overwhelmed, trying to implement Goodell's nonsensical orders while still keeping the game watchable. Along with the small penalties that only result in loss of yardage etc, there is a list of infractions which can lose a player a minuscule fraction of their pay. Rumor has it that in the 2015 season players will be fined $10,000 for high fives and that running out of bounds will be met with a five yard penalty and a spanking. Forgive the extrapolation but there is no question that the amount of penalties being tossed out in 2014 was over the top and somebody needs to hog-tie Roger Goodell and leave him in a closet for some time while someone else undoes most of what he has done.
With regard to those penalties that draw fines, this article will detail the top 15 players in the NFL who lost money to fines in 2014. It will cover the preseason and regular season and money lost to suspensions will not be considered for this article, just fines. All monetary values for fines is from spotrac.com.
15 Eugene Sims: $24,805
14 T13. Vontaze Burfict: $25,000
13 T13. Damontre Moore: $25,000
12 William Hayes: $26,537
11 Seyi Ajirotutu: $27,562
10 Erik Walden: $27,652
9 T8. Chase Coffman: $30,000
8 T8. Jimmy Graham: $30,000
7 Sam Barrington: $33,074
6 T5. Linval Joseph: $36,537
5 T5. James Ihedigbo: $36,537
4 Courtney Upshaw: $46,537
3 Ray Rice: $58,823
2 Ndamukong Suh: $70,000
1 Marshawn Lynch: $111,050
Beast Mode has been known since last season for not being a huge fan of the NFL's relationship with the media. He's "all about that action" and just wants to play. Unfortunately, the NFL demands that he talk to the media. He did not back in November, and received two $50,000 fines, one for his actions in 2014 and one for another incident in 2013. He followed up these fines with a couple of memorable interviews in which reporters asked him questions, to which he responded with "yeah" one week and "thanks for asking" or similar variants the week after.
He topped the year off with an $11,050 fine for his "backward dive" into the endzone after he second best rush of all time. "Backward dive" is in quotation marks because it is widely believed that the fine was for grabbing himself while diving into the endzone.
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