Brandon Jacobs Fined $10,000 By the NFL, Apologizes To Fans Through Statement

Jeff ShullAnalyst ISeptember 21, 2010

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - DECEMBER 27:  Brandon Jacobs #27 of the New York Giants rushes against the Carolina Panthers at Giants Stadium on December 27, 2009 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)
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New York Giants running back Brandon Jacobs has been fined $10,000 by the league for his incident on Sunday Night Football when he accidentally threw a helmet into the stands.

The incident came after a poor run by Jacobs in the third quarter in which he tried to dance around defenders and was consequently benched by Tom Coughlin for the remainder of the game.

Jacobs made his way towards the sidelines and attempted to hurl his helmet at the bench in frustration.  However, according to Jacobs, the helmet slipped through his fingers and soared 10 rows into the stands at Lucas Oil Stadium.

Jacobs, Coughlin and General manager Jerry Reese had a meeting Tuesday to clear the air, after which Jacobs released a statement through the team trying to make sure fans didn't turn their backs on him.

"I want to apologize one more time for accidentally tossing my helmet in the stands," Jacobs said. "It was something that happened because I was frustrated with the game, and I had no business tossing my helmet in the first place, and I am thankful that nobody was hurt."

He should be thankful that he wasn't suspended for any games. If you remember, the Giants suspended Plaxico Burress for missing meetings one day in 2008 and not responding to calls.  Burress insisted that it was a family issue and the team forgave him, but not before punishing him by holding him out for a week.

I agree with the columnist on this website that Jacobs just needs to shut up and run. The only way he is going to fix anything is by getting the rock and throwing himself at defenders like he did in the past. Stop protecting your body and run, it's what you are paid to do in the first place.

"I talked to Jerry and Coach Coughlin yesterday," Jacobs said. "Both of them asked to speak with me, I didn't request a meeting with them. I have not demanded a trade and have no plans to demand a trade. The only demand I am making right now is of myself, to be the best player I can be and to help this team win."

We heard this after the last preseason game and so far you haven't done anything to prove you are content with your role. Just accept that Bradshaw has surpassed you as a runner and make the most of every time you get the ball.

One thing I will say though is the Giants do need to get him more involved in the game. He can't just get three-to-five carries a game to be effective.

All we can do is wait and see. How many times am I going to say that?

That's the last; if he still can't get it together after this then the team will have to do something about it, whether through suspension or trade.