A good mockery is its own reward – even if the fine is ridiculous.
According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the NFL fined Antoine Winfield Jr. $ 7,815 for mocking Tyreek Hill in Super Bowl 55, a game the Buccaneers dominated 31-9 and in which Winfield Hill got a separate L. handed over to the side.
However, Winfield is doing something good with the situation: He is donating the same amount to the Hillsborough Education Foundation in Tampa, Florida to strengthen the Youth Leadership Program at Young Middle School in Tampa.
The Buccaneers match Winfield’s fine and donate a little over $ 15,000 to the local program.
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In case you forgot, Winfield was tagged for taunting Hill in the Super Bowl win and stole Hill’s signature peace sign in a late game pass split.
Antoine Winfield Jr. was marked for taunting by Tyreek Hill after making a late fourth stop to seal the Super Bowl win for Tampa Bay.
Here is the game and his answer when asked about it after the game. pic.twitter.com/dkwjX5L6i5
– Taylor Jenkins (@TJenkinsTampa) February 8, 2021
The two had a brief history in which Hill burned the buccaneer secondary school for more than 200 yards in a regular seasonal matchup earlier this year. Hill had the opportunity to toss the twos more than once, with three touchdowns in the blowout win in Week 12.
Even so, it seems pretty ridiculous for the NFL to impose fines for ridicule of this kind, considering that players spend the better part of four hours harming each other. What’s wrong with some hurt feelings?
Turnabout is fair play, whoever laughs last laughs loudest, etc. etc.