David Tepper throw drink video leaked, NFL fines Panthers owner

The NFL has imposed a $300,000 fine on Carolina Panthers owner David Tepper for throwing a drink at fans in Jacksonville towards the end of Sunday’s game. The league issued a statement on Tuesday, deeming Tepper’s conduct “unacceptable.” The statement emphasized the expectation for all NFL personnel to maintain behavior that respects fans and positively reflects on their team and the league.

Tepper’s reaction occurred after rookie quarterback Bryce Young threw an interception in the final minutes of a 26-0 loss to the Jaguars. In response, Tepper expressed regret, stating, “I am deeply passionate about this team and regret my behavior 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 behavior.”

The reason behind Tepper’s reaction remains unclear, whether it was in response to something said to him or frustration over another loss for the Panthers, who currently hold a 2-14 record. Panthers general manager Scott Fitterer was present when Tepper tossed his drink, adding to the unusual incident.

This incident brings back memories of the NFL fining the late Titans owner Bud Adams $250,000 in 2009 for making an obscene gesture at Buffalo fans. The league has a history of penalizing owners for inappropriate behavior. Tepper’s fine underscores the league’s commitment to maintaining a standard of conduct and respect, even in moments of frustration or disappointment.

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