Seyi Ajirotutu got too close for comfort with a zebra, and it’s cost him dearly.
Per the Associated Press, the Chargers receiver was fined a league-mandated $27,562 for touching an official during the team’s loss to the Dolphins last Sunday. He was ejected in the third quarter of the game.
Ajirotutu, a reserve wideout signed to a one-year deal, makes $49,687 per contest. In essence, he lost more than half of his salary for a game he didn’t get to finish.
If the fine seems egregious … well, that’s because it is. Consider: four Ravens were docked a combined $44,804 this week for illegal and late hits against the Steelers — hits that were far more dangerous than a supposed glancing blow to an official.
The severe dock in pay likely came as a major surprise to Ajirotutu, who exonerated himself earlier in the week.
Seyi Ajirotutu checked locker today. No fine from league. Rate is $27,652 for contact w/ official. Was ejected Sun. "I didn't do anything."
— Michael Gehlken (@UTgehlken) November 5, 2014
It’s become abundantly clear that NFL referees are literally untouchable.
(Photo credit: Chargers.com)
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