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Old 11-16-2009, 04:34 PM   #1
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NFL fines Titans owner $250K for reported obscene gesture

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The NFL fined Tennessee Titans owner Bud Adams $250,000 Monday for making an obscene gesture to Buffalo fans while celebrating Tennessee's victory over the Bills.

WTVF-TV reported Adams extended two middle fingers while in his luxury suite. The Tennessean newspaper reported Adams also was seen making the gesture again on the field after Sunday's game.

Commissioner Roger Goodell notified Adams of the fine Monday. League spokesman Greg Aiello said it is for conduct detrimental to the NFL. The 86-year-old Adams issued an apology earlier in the day for getting caught up in the excitement after the 41-17 victory.

"I do realize that those types of things shouldn't happen," Adams said in a statement. "I need to specifically apologize to the Bills, their fans, our fans and the NFL. I obviously have a great deal of respect for Ralph Wilson and the history we have shared. I also understand there will probably be league discipline for my actions and I will accept those."

Adams and Wilson are original owners from the American Football League, and Sunday's game was a legacy game with both teams wearing throwback uniforms. Wilson was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame this year, and their teams share a history of emotional playoff games, including the Music City Miracle in January 2000.

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell was at the game Sunday after having breakfast with Adams. The league said Monday that Goodell left Adams' suite at the end of the third quarter and spent the fourth quarter sitting with fans in the end zone before leaving the stadium.

Players have been fined for the NFL for making such a gesture. San Francisco kicker Joe Nedney was fined $7,500 in October 2007, and Michael Vick was fined $10,000 and donated $10,000 to charity in 2006 while playing in Atlanta.

"The league holds us as players to a higher standard, so to have an owner flip the bird not once but twice the league has to hold him to the same standard if not more," Bills safety George Wilson said Monday. "He's at the top of the heirarchy. If you don't hold him accountable, then you're questioning the integrity of the system."

Buffalo defensive tackle Marcus Stroud saw footage of Adams on TV but didn't care.

"He owns that team and Mr. Wilson owns our team. That's about the gist of it, as far as it goes with me. It's not like he can come down and strap up and put on any pads or anything like that. It doesn't bother me. If that's what he wants to do, go for it," Stroud said.

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Old 11-16-2009, 04:53 PM   #2
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Bud needs to lay off the sauce during the game.
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Old 11-16-2009, 04:59 PM   #3
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well, that doesn't really make me feel any better
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Old 11-16-2009, 05:00 PM   #4
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Why does it feel any better..Its not like SD lost a game against PHI
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Old 11-16-2009, 05:07 PM   #5
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Old 11-16-2009, 05:18 PM   #6
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So, according to the NFL, flipping people off is 10 times worse than punching someone in the face. Unreal.
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Old 11-16-2009, 05:33 PM   #7
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Old 11-16-2009, 06:10 PM   #8
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Old 11-16-2009, 06:29 PM   #9
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Old 11-16-2009, 09:40 PM   #10
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Why should that make me feel better
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Old 11-16-2009, 09:43 PM   #11
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That is funny. Still doesn't fix the bad feeling about sunday.
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Old 11-16-2009, 11:03 PM   #12
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$250,000? really?
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Old 11-16-2009, 11:06 PM   #13
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I agree, this doesn't make me feel better, but on the fine being so big, i think the fine is directly equal to the amount that will hurt you other words, this fine is like $100 bucks to you or me.
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