NFL Scandal: Panthers Boss Slapped with Massive Fine for Tossing Drink at Fans

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The National Football League (NFL) has imposed a $300,000 fine on Carolina Panthers owner David Tepper for an incident in which he threw a drink at fans during the team’s game in Jacksonville on Sunday. The league condemned Tepper’s behaviour as “unacceptable” in a statement released on Tuesday, emphasizing the expectation that all NFL personnel should conduct themselves in a manner that respects fans and positively reflects on their team and the league.

Tepper’s reaction occurred towards the end of the game when rookie quarterback Bryce Young threw an interception in the Panthers’ 26-0 loss to the Jaguars. In response to the incident, Tepper expressed regret in a statement, acknowledging his deep passion for the team and admitting that he should have allowed NFL stadium security to handle any issues that arose.

“I am deeply passionate about this team and regret my behaviour on Sunday. I should have let NFL stadium security handle any issues that arose. I respect the NFL’s code of conduct and accept the League’s discipline for my behaviour,” Tepper said.

The specific trigger for Tepper’s reaction remains unclear, as it is uncertain whether he was responding to something said to him or expressing frustration over another loss for the struggling Panthers. The team currently holds a 2-14 record and will not have the No. 1 overall pick in the draft, as it was traded to Chicago for the selection used to pick quarterback Bryce Young.

Panthers general manager Scott Fitterer was reportedly present near Tepper when the drink-throwing incident occurred during the game, which was observed from a club suite. Tepper’s fine echoes a similar incident in 2009 when the late Titans owner Bud Adams was fined $250,000 for making an obscene gesture at Buffalo fans while celebrating Tennessee’s victory over the Bills.

The episode marks a challenging period for Tepper, who fired first-year coach Frank Reich after just 11 games. Tepper, who acquired the Panthers less than six years ago, has seen a series of coaching changes during his tenure, including Ron Rivera, Matt Rhule, and Reich, along with interim coaches Perry Fewell, Steve Wilks, and Chris Tabor.

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