And now Ellis, predictably, is paying the price, according to Adam Schefter on the NFL Network (via PFT).
The decision of Jets defensive end Shaun Ellis to hoist a large snowball/snow clump into the stands at Qwest Field on Sunday has resulted in the NFL throwing right back at him a $10,000 fine.
[...]Schefter reports that players are told before the start of each season that any contact with fans is prohibited, where such contact presents crowd-control issues and/or the risk of injury.
It's not surprising at all -- you just can't attack fans and expect not to a) get caught on camera and b) get fined. Honestly, I'm kind of surprised that it's "only" 10 grand, considering the way that Roger Goodell likes to lay down the law against violators of his policies.
Laugh if you want, but seriously, what Ellis did was potentially damaging to a fan's health, and you better believe that if someone had gotten hurt and the league got sued, $10,000 would be considered "getting off light."
Jets star Shaun Ellis is fined $10,000 by the NFL after chucking a large block of snow into the Seattle stands in Week 16, in retaliation for the Seahawks fans pelting New York's players with snowballs. Click through to see more questionable NFL fines over the years.
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Patriots tight end Benjamin Watson is fined $10,000 for his touchdown celebration against the Seahawks in Week 14. Watson used the football to pantomime pregnancy as a shout-out to his expectant wife and the couple's yet-to-be born daughter. Click through to see more questionable NFL fines over the years.Culprit: Benjamin Watson, New England Patriots What He Did: Stuffed the ball up his jersey as a tribute to his expectant wife and the couple's yet-to-be-born daughter NFL Fined Him: $10,000
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Culprit: Brandon Jones, Tennessee Titans What He Did: Simulated an arrest during a touchdown celebration against the Jaguars NFL Fined Him: $15,000
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Culprit: Ryan Clark, Pittsburgh Steelers What He Did: Wore eye black with the No. 21 to honor his late Redskins teammate, Sean Taylor NFL Fined Him: $5,000
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Culprit: Chris Johnson, Tennessee Titans What He Did: Played the bongo drums on the sideline after a 66-yard TD run NFL Fined Him: $10,000
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Culprit: Ronnie Brown, Miami Dolphins What He Did: Performed a choreographed "Cupid Shuffle" dance with teammates NFL Fined Them: $10,000 each
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Culprit: Terrell Owens, Dallas Cowboys What He Did: Mocked the Patriots' Spygate scandal by using the football to simulate a camera NFL Fined Him: $7,500
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Culprit: Chad Johnson, Cincinnati Bengals What He Did: Went through warm-ups before a game with an "Ocho Cinco" label on his jersey NFL Fined Him: $5,000
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Culprit: DeSean Jackson, Philadelphia Eagles What He Did: Posed with teammate Quintin Demps after a 68-yard punt return TD NFL Fined Them: $10,000 each
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Culprit: Reggie Bush, New Orleans Saints What He Did: Taunted Bears defenders before somersaulting in for an 88-yard TD reception NFL Fined Him: $5,000