NFL: No Fine For Ezekiel Elliott Salvation Army Kettle Celebration
December 19 / Rick Chandler / SportsGrid
Ezekiel Elliott hopped into a kettle on Sunday night, but it's Roger Goodell who's in the hot water.
By now you may have seen Zeke's econd-quarter TD celebration, when he scored on a 2-yard run during the Cowboys' 26-20 win over visiting Tampa Bay. After scoring he ran to the back of the end zone and jumped into an enormous Salvation Army kettle, disappearing inside. Well, 'tis the season.
Elliott was penalized on the play -- celebration with a prop. Now the world expects the other shoe to drop, because he'll surely be fined as well. Others have been fined for far less, after all.
That was announced just a few minutes ago. No fine.
So Roger Goodell avoids looking like the Grinch, but at the same time does not avoid looking like a big hypocrite. What is he going top say to other players who have been fined for, say, writing charitable messages on their cleats? And how about snow angels?
Elliott said after the game that he would match any fine and donate it to the Salvation Army. And with that preemptive, classy gesture, he took the air out of Goodell and the league. In this post-Deflategate era, Goodell i walking on eggshells, and he knows it. See: Deflategate II.