Geno Smith fined $12,000 by NFL for yelling expletive at Jets fan on Sunday
The judgment has been finally handed down and Geno Smith on Friday felt the sting of the morality police that is the National Football League. A $12,000 fine was meted out to the New York Jets quarterback as punishment for hurtling an obscenity at a disgruntled Jets fan or fans during last Sunday’s 24-17 loss to the Detroit Lions at MetLife Stadium, per an NFL.com report.
A visibly upset Smith temporarily lost his composure — much like he has under center this season — as he made his way to the tunnel after the game.
Perhaps finally snapping after hearing Jets fans — a surly, churlish bunch all Sunday — chant for the team to bench him and bring in backup Michael Vick, Smith can be clearly seen dropping a “F— you” at a fan or fans.
The second-year Jets quarterback almost immediately offered up an apology for his actions.
“No matter what happened I’ve got to not feed into it. It’s a part of the job. I understand the fans want to come out and see victories,” Smith said. “And at times they get heated and we do too as players.
“What I did was wrong,” he continued. “Two wrongs don’t make a right.”
And for his wrong, Smith is $12,000 lighter in the wallet. A mere slap on the wrist — a pittance really — given he averages about $1.2 million per year according to the terms of his contract. But it’s worth noting that the amount of the fine is the same as Johnny Manziel received for giving the middle finger to the Washington Redskins bench during a preseason game in August. So, at least it can be said that the NFL is somewhat consistent … at least in this regard.