The NFL laid down a $13,369 fine on Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott because of his touchdown celebration during the Thanksgiving Day game against the Washington Redskins. After running in for a touchdown early in the first quarter, Elliott ran over to a giant red Salvation Army kettle behind the end zone and dropped $21 into it. Later in the game, he also dunked quarterback Dak Prescott into the kettle.
Elliott could not believe his charitable celebration warranted a fine from the league.
"I mean, I didn't really expect a fine,'' Elliott told reporters after the Cowboy's practice on Wednesday. "Really don't care about the fine. It's all for a good cause. We're trying to bring awareness to the Salvation Army. If the NFL doesn't like that, then, that's on them. I'll pay their little fine.''
Elliott decided to use the NFL's fine as a way to raise even more money for the Salvation Army. He announced on Twitter that he will match every $21 donation made to the charitable organization with the goal of raising $21,000.
Elliott was asked what he thought of the suspension and took a shot at the league.
"A lot of things they do define ridiculous,'' Elliott said. "But I mean, that's not really any of my business, not really anything I can change so I'm just going to keep being focused on this season, keep being focused on leading this team and focused on going out there and winning ballgames.''
Elliott is planning to appeal the fine.