Allen Lazard and his pockets are a bit lighter as the NFL fined the Green Bay Packers receiver $10,609 for taunting Miami Dolphins defenders. In the Packers' Week 16 victory over the Dolphins, Lazard had one of the more interesting celebrations when he had some fun after knocking the three Miami defenders down like bowling pins.
In the fourth quarter of the matchup, Packers running back Aaron Jones ran the ball for an 18-yard gain. The Pro Bowl back had the open lanes greatly because of a major block from Lazard. The receiver blocked Dolphins safety Eric Rowe, who ran into teammates Elandon Roberts and Christian Wilkins, knocking down both players.
It was here where the wideout saw the opportunity to do his bowling pin celebration. While some fans found it entertaining, the league did not.
The fifth-year receiver was targeted 11 times by quarterback Aaron Rodgers against the Dolphins. Lazard had five receptions for 61 yards in the win, his fourth-best yards total this season. Overall, the former Iowa State star has 51 receptions, 688 yards, and five touchdowns thus far this season.
He leads the Packers in yards, is second in receptions and is tied for second in touchdowns. As for the fine, it's nothing new for the 27-year-old in his career.
Not the first time Allen Lazard has been fined by the NFL
In November of last year, the Packers were fined $300K for breaches of COVID-19 protocol. Rodgers and Allen Lazard were fined $14,650 apiece for going to a Halloween party while not being vaccinated. This was a violation per the disciplinary schedule worked out by the NFL and the NFLPA.
Joint COVID-19 protocols barred unvaccinated players from gathering outside the club facility in a group of over three players, according to the league. NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy then noted that the fine included throwing a Halloween party.
“The team didn’t sanction the party, but they were aware of it after it took place and did not discipline Rodgers or Lazard and failed to report their violations to the league."
The league also saw “substantial video” from the club facility showing Rodgers and Allen Lazard without masks within the facility.
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