Colombo was fined $5,000 Thursday for an unnecessary roughness penalty in last week’s loss, which he earned by cracking back on a Tennessee defender well away from the play. Of course, Colombo’s most memorable penalty was the unsportsmanlike conduct penalty that set the Titans up with a short field, for what turned out to be their game-winning drive.
Owner and general manager Jerry Jones has come out as an outspoken opponent of such penalties, arguing that they follow the letter, but not the spirit of the law in the NFL. In this regard, we agree with Jerry--not that that matters much.
"There's been a debate for years and years, almost the entire time when I served on the competition committee, that was always debated about how much celebration they were going to have, and I've always been on the side of more celebration,'' Jones said, per the Dallas Morning News. "Always. I think it's fun for the fans. I do not think it takes away from the players or the sanctity of the game.
"Any time that you legislate a rule or legislate behavior, if you live by that, then it can have unintended consequences. I really don't think that somebody falling down was an intended consequence of this rule to have that dramatic of an effect on the ballgame. I don't think that was intended.''
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