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NFL player Jimmy Graham fined $30k for dunking in football game

Published on August 24th, 2014 by Astramskas, David | 1,801 views

NFL player Jimmy Graham wasn’t just fined $30k last week for breaking a NFL rule. He broke a rule named after him.  The “Jimmy Graham Rule” was created to stop the All-Pro player from dunking on the crossbar after touchdowns. It might not sound like that big of a deal but after he damaged a goalpost last year in Atlanta that caused a 30 minute delay, the NFL decided in the offseason that a no dunking rule needs to be put in place.

Considering Graham just got a $40 million contract with a $12 million signing bonus, $15k fines for each touchdown he gets isn’t going to stop him from doing it. Proof, he dunked twice last week during an exhibition game against the Titans.  He also tweeted and then quickly deleted a joke saying he was going to lead the NFL in penalties when he first heard the news about the NFL’s dunk ban.

This situation reminds me of Michael Jordan’s shoe controversy in 1985.  David Stern told MJ that he couldn’t wear the red and black Jordans because they didn’t match the look of his teammates.  Jordan ignored Stern so the commish starting fining MJ $5k every game.  $5k sounds like chump change to the only basketball player that’s worth a billion dollars but in 1985 Jordan’s salary was only $630k and 82 games of fines equaled $410k.  Lucky for Jordan, Nike paid the fines.  Lucky for Nike, Jordan kept wearing the shoes.

I wonder if you will get fined for a dunk attempt?




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