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Saints News, 8/22/14: Jimmy Graham Makes Quick Exit From Saints Luncheon After $30k NFL Fine

Terrance Harris from Nola.com reports: "New Orleans Saints tight end Jimmy Graham has been fined $30,000 by the NFL for "dunking" twice over the goal post during last Friday night's preseason game against the Tennessee Titans. And he was in no mood to talk about it Friday. In fact, Graham, one of the most popular Saints players, made a mad dash for the door at the conclusion of the 46th Annual Meet the Saints Luncheon that was held at the New Orleans Marriott on Friday afternoon. Graham got up as soon as the luncheon ended and headed for the door, unsuccessfully trying two different doors before exiting...While Graham left Friday's luncheon a little early, his teammates and coaches stuck around to sign autographs and take pictures with the fans before heading to the airport to take off for Saturday's third preseason game against the Indianapolis Colts."

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Players took over our <a href="https://twitter.com/Snapchat">@Snapchat</a> at the TD Club luncheon. Add &quot;saints&quot; to see their story from today! <a href="http://t.co/0FGRvpmp62">pic.twitter.com/0FGRvpmp62</a></p>&mdash; New Orleans Saints (@Saints) <a href="https://twitter.com/Saints/statuses/502900925867233282">August 22, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Had a nice time at the Touchdown Club Banquet!...✈️✈️✈️ wheels up to Indy!! <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/WhoDat?src=hash">#WhoDat</a> <a href="http://t.co/oIZNVLL4IP">pic.twitter.com/oIZNVLL4IP</a></p>&mdash; Terron Armstead (@T_Armstead72) <a href="https://twitter.com/T_Armstead72/statuses/502903489908183040">August 22, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Great time today at the touchdown club lunch thanks to all the who dats</p>&mdash; Travaris Cadet (@TravarisCadet39) <a href="https://twitter.com/TravarisCadet39/statuses/502906304500105216">August 22, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>On the way to Indianapolis! Strictly business. Another opportunity <a href="http://t.co/WWlx02bmVd">pic.twitter.com/WWlx02bmVd</a></p>&mdash; Khiry Robinson (@_numberthreeRB) <a href="https://twitter.com/_numberthreeRB/statuses/502905213251244032">August 22, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Selfie with mickey on the screen lol&#10;Another blessed yr <a href="http://t.co/Gt4d9niE0P">pic.twitter.com/Gt4d9niE0P</a></p>&mdash; Khiry Robinson (@_numberthreeRB) <a href="https://twitter.com/_numberthreeRB/statuses/502904939946196992">August 22, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Team Takeoff&#10;Indy here we come&#10;<a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/WhoDat?src=hash">#WhoDat</a>&#10;<a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Saints?src=hash">#Saints</a> <a href="http://t.co/aNbqLYSnbD">pic.twitter.com/aNbqLYSnbD</a></p>&mdash; Thomas Morstead (@thomasmorstead) <a href="https://twitter.com/thomasmorstead/statuses/502900717984968704">August 22, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Jimmy Graham slammed for goalpost dunks <a href="http://t.co/bpZvgk53n3">http://t.co/bpZvgk53n3</a></p>&mdash; WWL Radio (@WWLAMFM) <a href="https://twitter.com/WWLAMFM/statuses/502896794263887872">August 22, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Go <a href="https://twitter.com/Saints">@Saints</a>! Awesome luncheon at <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/NOLAMarriott?src=hash">#NOLAMarriott</a>. MT <a href="https://twitter.com/thomasmorstead">@thomasmorstead</a>: 46th annual kickoff luncheon is packed&#10;<a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/WhoDat?src=hash">#WhoDat</a> <a href="http://t.co/fSHt6QSLZp">pic.twitter.com/fSHt6QSLZp</a></p>&mdash; New Orleans Marriott (@MarriottNOLA) <a href="https://twitter.com/MarriottNOLA/statuses/502882853433389056">August 22, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Manziel fined 12k for middle finger. Graham fined 30k for two dunks. Terrible.</p>&mdash; Saints Nation Blog (@SaintsNationBlg) <a href="https://twitter.com/SaintsNationBlg/statuses/502895051618668545">August 22, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Complete story on Jimmy Graham&#39;s fine, which is about $3,000 less than the NFL&#39;s fine schedule maximum. <a href="http://t.co/Q5zjzgUUON">http://t.co/Q5zjzgUUON</a></p>&mdash; Evan Woodbery (@TheSaintsBeat) <a href="https://twitter.com/TheSaintsBeat/statuses/502893334764220416">August 22, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Love our Who Dat Nation!!! &quot;rt <a href="https://twitter.com/thomasmorstead">@thomasmorstead</a> 46th annual Meet the <a href="https://twitter.com/Saints">@Saints</a> kickoff luncheon is packed&#10;<a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/WhoDat?src=hash">#WhoDat</a>&quot;</p>&mdash; Pierre Thomas (@Pierre_Thomas) <a href="https://twitter.com/Pierre_Thomas/statuses/502877349017174016">August 22, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Drew Brees ready for first and only preseason action. His goal is making good decisions, creating tempo and rhythm and scoring points</p>&mdash; Ed Werder (@Edwerderespn) <a href="https://twitter.com/Edwerderespn/statuses/502819970573938688">August 22, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>The 1st <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Saints?src=hash">#Saints</a> Fantasy Football Podcast focuses on QBs: <a href="http://t.co/ifBnrqRz6o">http://t.co/ifBnrqRz6o</a> by <a href="https://twitter.com/allinkid">@allinkid</a> &amp; <a href="https://twitter.com/helloimbobby">@helloimbobby</a> <a href="http://t.co/5jxpGOL46l">pic.twitter.com/5jxpGOL46l</a></p>&mdash; New Orleans Saints (@Saints) <a href="https://twitter.com/Saints/statuses/502816188456787968">August 22, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Drew Brees ready to shake off the rust in what could be only preseason action <a href="http://t.co/SQ4bCLfyJM">http://t.co/SQ4bCLfyJM</a></p>&mdash; ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) <a href="https://twitter.com/ProFootballTalk/statuses/502813515825307648">August 22, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Giving thanks today for family and health..<a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/GW?src=hash">#GW</a></p>&mdash; jairus byrd (@jairusbyrd) <a href="https://twitter.com/jairusbyrd/statuses/502803027267710976">August 22, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Saints?src=hash">#Saints</a> Pierre Thomas &quot;(Other RBs) are gonna have to put me on the bench, and that&#39;s gonna be hard to do.&quot; <a href="http://t.co/FsRZSz3Vu3">http://t.co/FsRZSz3Vu3</a></p>&mdash; Mike Triplett (@MikeTriplett) <a href="https://twitter.com/MikeTriplett/statuses/502792378474717184">August 22, 2014</a></blockquote>

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Saints News

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Video

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