SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) -- San Francisco 49ers">49ers kicker Joe Nedney was fined $7,500 by the NFL on Wednesday for making an obscene gesture at his home fans during last week's game against New Orleans.
After Nedney made a 29-yard field goal, he booted the ensuing kickoff out of bounds. Nedney tossed his helmet and kicking tee in anger before sitting back on the bench.
That's when a fan's obscene comment prompted Nedney to rub the back of his skull with his middle finger -- an image captured by television cameras.
"It was the culmination of a frustrating day for me," Nedney said. "Rather than taking a deep breath and counting to 10, I heard something that rubbed me the wrong way at the wrong time, and I made a mistake."
Nedney is 8-for-9 on field goal attempts, but has intermittently struggled on kickoffs for the 49ers (2-5).