Denver Broncos defensive tackle Terrance Knighton said Wednesday that he was fined for using a racial slur during a game against the New York Jets.
Knighton was fined $11,025 by the NFL for "inappropriate language" and said he used the slur after the Broncos scored on a touchdown catch by Julius Thomas in the second quarter. Knighton was flagged on the play for unsportsmanlike conduct.
According to the Post, Knighton does not plan to appeal the fine. The Broncos won the game 31-17.
San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick received the same fine for language last month. He allegedly used a racial slur towards Chicago Bears defensive lineman Lamarr Houston during a game, but maintained that he never did.
Kaepernick appealed the fine and on Wednesday the NFL reportedly reduced it by half after finding no evidence of a racial slur being used. Half of the fine was upheld because of "general profane language." The NFLPA tweeted that it was disappointed the fine wasn't completely eliminated.
Over the offseason, the NFL announced it would be emphasizing officials calling a foul "if there are racial slurs or statements regarding another player’s sexual orientation, or even bating and insulting with verbal abuse."
- Molly Geary