The NFL is looking to take more money out of Ezekiel Elliott's pocket in response to the Dallas Cowboys running back's Thanksgiving celebration.
Elliott said he would appeal the $13,369 fine the league handed him for his touchdown celebration on Nov. 22, when he dropped $21 into the oversized Salvation Army kettle behind the end zone in Arlington, Texas.
"I mean, I didn't really expect a fine, really don't care about the fine," Elliott said Wednesday. "It's all for a good cause and we're trying to bring awareness to the Salvation Army, and if the NFL doesn't like that, then, I mean, that's on them. I'll pay their little fine."
After running for a 16-yard touchdown against the Washington Redskins with 10:02 left in the first quarter, Elliott pulled out $21 -- the amount matching his uniform number -- and dropped it in the bucket.
In the fourth quarter of the same game, a 31-23 Dallas win, Elliott lifted teammate Dak Prescott into the Salvation Army kettle after the Dallas quarterback scrambled for a 5-yard touchdown run.
Postgame, Elliott and Prescott both announced $21,000 donations to the Salvation Army, and the Cowboys said they would match the amounts.
The NFL gave Prescott a warning but did not fine him. Two years ago, Elliott jumped into the Salvation Army bucket following a touchdown, and he wasn't fined in that instance.
Asked about the league's different responses to the two celebrations, Elliott said, "A lot of things they do define ridiculous. 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."
Fine money the league collects is earmarked for ex-players, but Elliott said in this case, he wishes the money would be given to the Salvation Army.
--Field Level Media
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