NFL fines Seattle Seahawks' Earl Thomas for giving finger to sideline

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Published 11:21 AM EDT Oct 7, 2018

NFL fines Seattle Seahawks' Earl Thomas for giving finger to sideline

Seattle Seahawks safety Earl Thomas was fined $13,369 for an obscene gesture made toward his own sideline while being carted off the field with a broken leg last week against the Arizona Cardinals, The Seattle Times reported Saturday.

Thomas was seen by Fox's cameras giving the middle finger to the Seahawks bench. The nine-year veteran and three-time all-pro suffered a broken left tibia while defending a touchdown pass from Josh Rosen to Chad Williams that tied the game 17-17 early in the fourth quarter.

Thomas was not flagged for the gesture because it happened outside of the field of play. The $13,369 fine is the 2018 standard rate for first-time offenders of the NFL's unsportsmanlike conduct violation. 

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The 29-year-old former member of the vaunted "Legion of Boom" defense was also fined for taking a bow in the direction of the Dallas Cowboys' sideline after intercepting a pass in the fourth quarter on Sept. 23. 

Entering the final year of his contract, Thomas waged an offseason holdout before deciding to report for the regular season after the team refused to oblige his request for a trade or extension.

It's unclear who the gesture specifically was directed toward on the sideline. 

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