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Peyton Manning fined $8K for taunting D.J. Swearinger, calls it ‘Money well spent’ (vid)


The NFL has handed down a fine to Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning for his taunting of Houston Texans safety D.J. Swearinger during Saturday night’s preseason game between the teams.

The amount? $8,268, which sounds like an arbitrarily arrived-at number but chances are there is a method to the NFL’s fine amount madness.

Manning confronted Swearinger after throwing a 29-yard touchdown pass, racing down the field to get in the face of the safety. The Broncos quarterback was flagged for a personal foul for his post-play antics.

Swearinger became the target of Manning’s ire after the safety drilled wide receiver Wes Welker, who suffered a concussion on the play.

As far as Manning is concerned, being a millionaire many times over, the $8,000-plus fine is nothing more than chump change. In fact, the veteran quarterback deemed the fine levied upon him for his out-of-character act of smack talk as a worthwhile opening of his wallet.

After confirming the fine and indicating that he had no plans to appeal, Manning told ESPN’s Chris Mortensen, “I accept it,” coyly adding, “Money well spent.”


After the game, Swearinger reportedly revealed the nature and substance of Manning’s smack talk.

Wow. One would think that kind of potty mouth talk would never escape the lips of the squarish, lily-white Manning.

Swearinger, unlike presumably most folks, wasn’t blown away by Manning’s uncharacteristic conduct.

“I wasn’t surprised (by Manning’s comments),” Swearinger told the Houston Chronicle. “I was just, ‘Why, bro?’ You know what I’m saying? It’s whatever. … Peyton can say what he want to say. It really doesn’t matter. All I care about is the W.”

Well, a “W” in a preseason game, but no need to quibble. What’s done is done, Manning has been fined, Welker seems to be recovering well from the concussion and now we know that Peyton Manning is one bad mamma-jamma.

[H/T Eye on Football]