Saturday, October 4, 2014

Geno Smith fined $12,000 for F-bomb directed at fan: Report

The NFL fined Geno Smith $12,000 Friday for unsportsmanlike conduct — a penalty pretty much anticipated after the Jets quarterback cursed at a fan while walking off the field following a home loss to Detroit on Sunday.

A frustrated Smith was caught by a television camera yelling “f--- you” at a MetLife Stadium spectator after the Jets brutal loss to the Lions. 

The fan was screaming at the struggling quarterback who, during the Jets third straight loss, threw an interception and lost a fumble — giving him seven giveaways for the season.

The hefty penalty was the same amount Browns rookie quarterback Johnny Manziel was fined during the preseason for flipping the bird at the Washington bench.

“That’s unacceptable,” Jets owner Woody Johnson said Thursday of Smith’s behavior. “Absolutely unacceptable.”

Many fans in attendance for last Sunday’s loss in the Meadowlands were all over Smith for his poor performance, chanting Michael Vick’s name and calling for the veteran backup to replace Smith, who let his emotions get the best of him. 

Smith began his postgame press conference that day with an apology:

“No matter what happened I’ve got to not feed into it,” Smith said. “It’s a part of the job. I understand the fans want to come out and see victories. And at times they get heated and we do too as players.”

Sounds like the heat is turned up just a little higher for Smith.

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