Chargers WR loses half game check for touching official

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.

It’s become abundantly clear that NFL referees are literally untouchable.

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