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Barry Church Fined $5K By NFL

Church was fined for throwing the ball into the stands after scoring a third quarter touchdown



    Cowboys safety Barry Church will have to pay for his touchdown celebration in the third quarter of the season opening win over the Giants.

    Church scored after recovering a David Wilson fumble and taking it 27 yards to the end zone. Once there, he fired the ball up into the stands at AT&T Stadium, a move that got the attention of the Commissioner’s Office--he was fined $5,250 by the league this week.

    I didn’t know it was that much,” Church told reporters this week, per Todd Archer of ESPN Dallas. “I thought it was maybe $1,700 or something like that. Yeah, they got me. It’ll never happen again.”

    Considering it was Church’s first NFL touchdown, some have wondered why he wouldn’t want to hold onto that football.

    “I wasn’t even thinking at the time,” Church said. “I was like, ‘Man, what am I going to do next?’ I was a like, ‘Aaaaaaah,’ and just threw it in the stands. But it won’t happen again.”

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