Bengals receiver Terrell Owens told fans last Sunday that he would be autographing a football for them if they wore No. 81 jersey. The generosity will cost him $5,000.
The league fined Owens on Friday for a violation of their social media policy. Owens tweeted, "A lucky fan wearing my jersey 2day will get a signed football by Me & Ocho Cinco! My asst will pick U out!! Good luck!" The message went out an hour before the Bengals kicked off vs. the Buccaneers; NFL rules say players and coaches are prohibited from using social media 90 minutes before games, during games and shortly afterward.
This is not the first time a Bengals WR has been punished for this offense. Teammate Chad Ochocinco was fined $25,000 in August for tweeting right before and also during a preseason game.
The way we see it
Owens acknowledged after the game last Sunday that he knew he'd be fined for his actions. Players may not agree with the league's rules, especially in this example when they are trying to promote fan support, but it's important they adhere to them.