A good taunt is its own reward – even if the fine is ridiculous.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter says the NFL fined Antoine Winfield Jr. $ 7,815 for his Tyreek Hill taunt at Super Bowl 55, a game the Buccaneers dominated, 31-9, and in which Winfield handed over at Hill a separate L on the side. .
Winfield, however, does the situation good: He donates the same amount to the Hillsborough Education Foundation in Tampa, Florida to help strengthen the youth leadership program at Young Middle School in Tampa.
The Buccaneers match Winfield’s fine in donating just over $ 15,000 to the local program.
In case you forgot, Winfield has been reported to taunt Hill in the Super Bowl win, stealing Hill’s peace sign during a late-game pass break.
Antoine Winfield Jr. has been charged with taunting Tyreek Hill after making a fourth save to seal the Super Bowl victory for Tampa Bay.
Here is the game and his response when asked after the game. pic.twitter.com/dkwjX5L6i5
– Taylor Jenkins (@TJenkinsTampa) February 8, 2021
The two have had a short history, with Hill burning the Buccaneers high school for over 200 yards in a regular season game earlier in the year. Hill had the opportunity to pitch both more than once, with three touchdowns in the resounding win of Week 12.
Still, it seems pretty ludicrous for the NFL to impose fines for taunts of this nature, given that players spend the bulk of four hours harming each other. What’s wrong with a few hurt feelings?
Turnabout is fairplay, the one who laughs the last laughs the loudest, etc., etc.