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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, FOXSports.com'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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Comments

Since: Jun 5, 2011
Posted on: October 21, 2011 4:39 pm
 

No Fun League strikes again

If the NFL wants to fine players for stupid shee-hit like this, they should fine the entire team for the ugly uniforms.  I don't care what year they represent, or how great the Packers were and are, those uniforms are just butt-ugly.  They should donate them to kids to wear for halloween.



Since: Mar 20, 2007
Posted on: October 21, 2011 4:28 pm
 

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

I, for one, applaud this effort by NFL executives. In fact, I don't think $10,000 is enough. These players today are criminal thugs and, as AJ Hawk's absurd gesture proves, are unfit to be seen by our weary eyes. I tune in every Sunday for gentlemanly competition, not the kinds of antics you'd see in some musky brothel somewhere. What are we supposed to tell our children? So kudos to you, National Football League, for one again laying down the law and bringing a sense of real, genuine sanity to an otherwise insane world
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Since: Mar 20, 2007
Posted on: October 21, 2011 4:27 pm
 

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

You can't do that AJ and expect to get off scott-free, you aren't a head coach like Schwartz and Harbough.



Since: Aug 30, 2010
Posted on: October 21, 2011 4:24 pm
 

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

He got the same fine as  did for calling his wife to tell her he was ok.  That's funny!



Since: Jul 28, 2011
Posted on: October 21, 2011 3:36 pm
 

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

YOU SUCK DUDE. I OFFICIALLY DOCK YOU FIVE REPUTATION POINTS.


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Since: Jul 28, 2011
Posted on: October 21, 2011 3:23 pm
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Since: May 27, 2008
Posted on: October 21, 2011 3:21 pm
 

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

I, for one, applaud this effort by NFL executives. In fact, I don't think $10,000 is enough. These players today are criminal thugs and, as AJ Hawk's absurd gesture proves, are unfit to be seen by our weary eyes. I tune in every Sunday for gentlemanly competition, not the kinds of antics you'd see in some musky brothel somewhere. What are we supposed to tell our children? So kudos to you, National Football League, for one again laying down the law and bringing a sense of real, genuine sanity to an otherwise insane world!



Since: Aug 23, 2011
Posted on: October 21, 2011 2:56 pm
 

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

Move on NFL front-office, move on, there has to be something more important for you to focus on.



Since: Nov 21, 2007
Posted on: October 21, 2011 2:41 pm
 

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

Overzealous head coach nearly causes team brawls after a game (and show the damn replay over 10,000 times)?  Management... no fight.... no fine.
Get caught on camera anyone over the age of 3 can lip read as the "EF-U" phrase towards your offensive coordinator?  No harm... no fight... no fine.
Get caught on camera jokingly flipping off a couple of teammates?  OH MY GOD!!!!  How can you!!! The death sentence!!!! Well, 10k fine for conduct detrimental to the league.

Guess its okay if kids learn their coaches can fight with each other, show poor sportsmanship, immaturity at its finest, or can cuss out their "elders" or coaches/managers, but damn... better not give that 1 finger salute (you know, the sign every kid knows by the age of 6) to a buddy and get caught!!!

Way to hold down the fort, NFL.



Since: Apr 26, 2007
Posted on: October 21, 2011 2:40 pm
 

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

Based on your sentence structure and well thought out comment, the same could be said about you, TDAISON.


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