The NFL made a number of rule changes this offseason, and none has drawn more ire than the new taunting penalties. League officials will monitor any type of celebration, physical or verbal, and anything that pushes the new limits is subject to fines or even suspensions.
Baltimore Ravens wide receiver James Proche is one of the first to be hit with a taunting fine, and it's incredibly weak.
Proche is down nearly $5K after his TD catch "celebration" against the Washington Football Team in Baltimore's final preseason game. The wideout made an impressive contested grab and simply mean-mugged the defender after, but there's nothing egregious that stands out.
This is just another case of the "No Fun League" at work. It seems that Proche's fine for even a mild celebration is the league office sending a warning to players about how stringent these new rules are.
Proche likely won't be the last to receive a fine for tauning this season, and it could be a major source of tension as games finally kick off.
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