The NFL handed out substantial fines for the nth week yesterday, making it another lucrative Saturday for the league ahead of Sunday's games and the bounty they'll produce, just in case that alone wasn't enough.
The list of fined players includes three Baltimore Ravens for their Week 10 actions: wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr., edge rusher Kyle Van Noy, and offensive tackle Ronnie Stanley, all penalized for"unsportsmanlike conduct" in the Week 10 clash against the Cleveland Browns.
Beckham Jr. incurred a $10,927 fine for flashing a peace sign while scoring a touchdown. The league's disciplinary move was confirmed by Tom Pelissero of NFL Network, who reported, "The NFL fined #Ravens WR Odell Beckham Jr. $10,927 for unsportsmanlike conduct — throwing up a peace sign on his TD catch last week against Cleveland."
Ronnie Stanley faced a $21,855 fine for an unnecessary roughness violation, delivering a helmet-to-helmet hit on Browns cornerback Denzel Ward. This marks Stanley's second fine of the season, with a previous $16,391 penalty for a blindside block in Week 6 against the Tennessee Titans.
Kyle Van Noy received an $8,889 fine for unnecessary roughness against Browns defender Cedric Tillman after the latter blasted him clearly illegally on the field right before thus fostering that reaction from KVN.
The cumulative fines for the Ravens in the 2023 season have now exceeded $271,608, as highlighted by Kyle Barber of Baltimore Beatdown. Reflecting on the fines, Barber remarked, "After 10 weeks, the Ravens surpassed a quarter million in fines. It’s astronomical how high they’ve been fined. And while a couple to a few were worthy of being fined, it’s crazy to see these total over $250k."
Earlier this season, amid the controversy involving the NFL handing out fines left and right to everybody out there for the tiniest of offenses, NFLPA president J.C. Tretter wrote earlier this season that players are concerned they are being excessively fined and only for monetary reasons so the NFL can rip them off and get saucy money without the smallest effort.
"By simply creating a new point of emphasis, the NFL can rack up hundreds of escalating fines on players," Tretter wrote. "This is an approach that does not make sense and is leading to money coming out of players’ pockets for things that, often, they are being coached to execute."