Ben Watson Honors Pregnant Wife in Touchdown Celebration, Promptly Fined $10K
And now, Commissar Goodell, who, coincidentally, goes by Herod*, has decided that children should not be honored. That's right, little people have been put on notice, which should make Darren Sproles very nervous.
Last Sunday against the Seahawks, Patriots tight end Ben Watson scored a touchdown, and to celebrate the arrival of a soon-to-be-born baby Watson, he stuck the ball under his jersey and pretended to be pregnant. That'll be 10 grand, please.
Yep, as Gretz reasoned at the time, the league fined Watson 10 large, which, incidentally, is what it cost the Giants' Brandon Jacobs two years ago when he pulled the original' "hey, look, I'm preggers!" routine after scoring a touchdown. Upside for Watson: no inflation.
This latest punishment does nothing to dispel the notion that the NFL arbitrarily sanctions its players (or as they're called at league headquarters, "evil doers"), and it also sheds some light on why Steelers safety Ryan Clark, who clearly tried to maimed Wes Welker (little person), wasn't slapped with a hefty fine, or better yet, suspended for life*. A travesty, indeed.
* Not really