LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The NFL is looking to take more money out of Ezekiel Elliott’s pocket in response to the Dallas Cowboys running back’s Thanksgiving celebration.
Elliott said he would appeal the $13,369 fine the league handed him for his touchdown celebration on November 22, when he dropped $21 into the oversized Salvation Army kettle behind the end zone in Arlington, Texas.“I mean, I didn’t really expect a fine, really don’t care about the fine,” Elliott said Wednesday.
“It’s all for a good cause and we’re trying to bring awareness to the Salvation Army, and if the NFL doesn’t like that, then, I mean, that’s on them. I’ll pay their little fine.”
After running for a 16-yard touchdown against the Washington Redskins with 10:02 left in the first quarter, Elliott pulled out $21 and dropped it in the bucket.
In the fourth quarter of the same game, a 31-23 Dallas win, Elliott lifted teammate Dak Prescott into the Salvation Army kettle after the Dallas quarterback scrambled for a 5-yard touchdown run.
Postgame, Elliott and Prescott both announced $21,000 donations to the Salvation Army, and the Cowboys said they would match the amounts.
The NFL gave Prescott a warning but did not fine him. Two years ago, Elliott jumped into the Salvation Army bucket following a touchdown, and he wasn’t fined in that instance.
Asked about the league’s different responses to the two celebrations, Elliott said, “A lot of things they do define ridiculous. But I mean, that’s not really any of my business, not really anything I can change so I’m just going to keep being focused on this season, keep being focused on leading this team and focused on going out there and winning ballgames.”