New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton is going to find his wallet a little lighter after the NFL handed down a $10,000 fine on Friday. Per NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero, Payton, Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll, and Jaguars assistant coaches Pat Flaherty and Keenan McCardell were all fined by the league for “improperly entering the playing field”.
Payton was fairly adamant late in the Thursday night game against the Atlanta Falcons, which prompted him to enter the field to emphasize him calling a timeout. The official took exception to it, which prompted an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty assessed against New Orleans.
The league warned of significant discipline coming, as NFL executive vice president Troy Vincent put out Monday.
"We continue to emphasize enforcement of unsportsmanlike conduct rules with our officiating crews, and they will be encouraged to disqualify players for any offenses directed at them. Such offenses may also result in fines, and/or suspensions."
It’s pretty hilarious to see Payton get a fine, but Michael Bennett didn’t. Payton’s salary of nearly $8 million this season should cover the fine.