Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott will not be fined for jumping into a giant Salvation Army kettle after scoring a touchdown against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, according to Ian Rapoport. The rookie was assessed a 15-yard unsportsmanlike conduct penalty on the play, sparking outrage.
Elliott had promised to match any fine with a charitable contribution. Cowboys owner Jerry Jones had strong thoughts on the celebration.
“I think the Salvation Army should give him the highest award,” Jones said after the game. “My dream would be for the NFL to really fine me a lot of money and I’ll take them to the Supreme Court and we’ll get the Salvation Army more attention than anybody can get them. So let’s go.”
Barring something crazy, it doesn’t appear Jones will see his wish of lengthy and costly litigation become reality. Cooler and more reasonable heads will prevail. It’s an NFL and Christmas miracle!
No fine for Elliott should slow down the thousands of Salvation Army-related takes that were due to flood the internet today. The development, however, isn’t a total loss. Passionate defenders or detractors of Elliott’s actions can still donate to the organization.
Some would argue that’s an even better use of energy and resources than ripping the league for being tone-deaf.