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NFL fines AJ Hawk $10K for middle finger vs. Rams

Posted on: October 21, 2011 11:35 am
Edited on: October 21, 2011 11:36 am
Going rate for yellow shoes? 5K. And the ol' one-finger salute? That'll run you $10K. (FOX/Getty Images)

Posted by Ryan Wilson

This is what happens when your team is so much better than everyone else: you have to find ways to make the game interesting because dominating opponents week after week gets old. Perhaps this explains Packers linebacker AJ Hawk who, moments after sacking Rams quarterback Sam Bradford last Sunday, turned to the Green Bay sideline and gave them the finger.

He later apologized, saying it was an inside joke amongst teammates. Although, apparently, Hawk forgot to let anybody else in on it because cornerback Charles Woodson said he "hadn't heard about it." (Then again, Woodson may have just been hanging Hawk out to dry by feigning ignorance, which makes the joke even funnier.)

Whoever knew what and when might be up for debate, but this much was certain the moment Hawk initiated the one-finger salute: the NFL would be fining him for it.

And so they did, docking Hawk $10,000,'s Jay Glazer reported Friday.

In other Packers-got-fined-last-week news, linebacker Clay Matthews was fined $5,000 for wearing bright yellow shoes against the Rams.

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Details via the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel's Tom Silverstein:

"The Packers wore their 1929 throwback jerseys that feature navy blue tops, brown helmets and tan pants. The shoes that come with the gear are dark brown. Some players wore white shoes, but used black tape over them so that they were dark and didn't stand out.

"Matthews, however, wore bright yellow shoes, which the NFL deemed as inappropriate and a violation of the league's dress code."

We'd love to see a copy of the league's fine schedule because it has to good for a few laughs. Last season, Matthews was fined $5,000 for roughing up Bears quarterback Jay Cutler. So in the NFL's eyes, Cutler's worth a pair of canary yellow shoes, and half as much as one of Hawk's fingers?

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Since: Nov 24, 2009
Posted on: October 21, 2011 12:00 pm

NFL fines AJ Hawk $10K for middle finger vs. Rams

The NFL is ridiculous. $5000 for yellow shoes? Really? A dress code? Then how did they get to use those nasty uniforms to begin with - talk about horrific. The fine for the middle finger, although quite steep, to be OK - I guess. What would he have been fined if he fillped off the Rams bench - $20,000? Roger Goodell has bigger fish to fry than some of the stupid things like these. But, then again, fines have become pretty lucrative for the NFL latley.

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