I’ve often been asked if I get confused about American football vs. soccer football living abroad. The answer is no, because either way I’m going to tune out of the conversation as soon as the word comes up because I hate them both.
That being said, I love a little cheekiness now and then, and the Green Bay Packers’ Aaron Jones delivered last weekend.
On his way to score his fourth touchdown of the game against the Dallas Cowboys, Jones waved goodbye to cornerback Byron Jones:
Aaron Jones waves good bye on his way into the end zone 🧀 pic.twitter.com/Mmt7ZN7W9W
— 4-1 🧀 (@HailRodgers12_) October 6, 2019
This was in the third quarter of a record-tying game for Jones:
He had a career-high 182 scrimmage yards — 107 rushing and 75 receiving — and opened the scoring with an 18-yard run after being held to 19 and 21 yards rushing the previous two weeks.
(I had to quote that paragraph from Fox News because, full disclosure, I have genuinely no idea what literally any of that means.)
Unfortunately for Jones, the NFL was unamused by his gesture. How much? Approximately $10,527’s worth, if we’re to go by the fine they levied at Jones for “taunting/ unsportsmanlike conduct.”
While he plans to appeal the fine, on the grounds that he “wasn’t waving at anyone in particular,” Jones is taking it in stride, with the actual best commentary I’ve ever heard from a football player– American or otherwise.
“I can’t say it was worth it, but the picture is a dope picture,” he said. “I can’t argue with that. I’m going to have that blown up one day in my house. I definitely got a nice picture out of it, but it hurts my pocket a little bit. I want that money.”
I’m going to go out on a limb here and say that Jones won’t be the only cheesehead with that shot hanging on his wall. I’m pretty sure my dad’s ordered one already.