Giants C Weston Richburg fined $12K for taunting against Redskins

ByJordan Raanan ESPN logo
Wednesday, September 28, 2016

New York Giants center Weston Richburg was fined $12,000 for taunting after being the first player ejected for two unsportsmanlike conduct penalties in the same game, a source told ESPN's Adam Schefter.

Richburg is appealing the fine.

The Giants' starting center was thrown out of Sunday's 29-27 loss to the Washington Redskins early in the fourth quarter after delivering a downfield hit on cornerback Josh Norman. It was what Richburg said, not did, that earned him the ejection.

Richburg could be seen quickly yelling something in Norman's direction immediately after the play moved the Giants to the Redskins' 5-yard line. Richburg denied saying something specifically to Norman after the play, but he was flagged for unsportsmanlike conduct.

Giants quarterback Eli Manning threw an interception two plays later.

Richburg was also penalized for unsportsmanlike conduct earlier in the contest when he argued a holding penalty.

"I let my teammates down," he said after the game. "I have to be a presence in there and be a leader, and I let my team down."

Richburg is the first known player to be ejected under a new rule that kicks a player out of a game for two unsportsmanlike conduct penalties. The Rams' Aaron Donald was disqualified from a game in Week 1, but he was given an unnecessary roughness penalty and was ejected for making contact with an official on the same play.