It appears that the NFL approves of Kansas City Chiefs cornerback Marcus Peters throwing a referee’s flag into the stands about as much as his own team does.
The Chiefs are suspending Peters for their game on Sunday against the Oakland Raiders. However, that’s not just for throwing flag, but also for going to the locker room during the game, according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.
Peters left the field, and later returned with no socks on.
He is also being punished by the NFL. They are fining him $24,309 for the incident, according to NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero.
#Chiefs CB Marcus Peters was fined $24,309 for unsportsmanlike conduct (non-physical offense against a game official). Yes, the flag throwing incident.
— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) December 8, 2017
Add that to the money that he will not receive as a result of being suspended on Sunday, nearly $77,000, Peters’ hilarious display will cost him more than $100,000.
Obviously the NFL wanted to make sure it let Peters know that his actions were inappropriate, and also dissuade others from hurling penalty flags into the stands, but the Chiefs already suspended him. That is more than enough punishment for something that was more silly than anything else.
Also, that suspension is a bold step for the Chiefs who are fighting for their playoff lives. They, the Raiders and Los Angeles Chargers are tied atop the AFC West with 6-6 records. Suspending one of their best players on a unit that has been struggling for weeks might end up keeping them out of the playoffs.