Scrooge? NFL fines Thomas for Christmas bow

Scrooge? NFL fines Thomas for Christmas bow

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New Orleans Saints running back Pierre Thomas (23) scores a rushing touchdown in the first quarter of an NFL football game against the Atlanta Falcons in New Orleans, Monday, Dec. 26, 2011. (AP Photo/Rusty Costanza)

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Posted on December 29, 2011 at 6:26 PM

Updated Friday, Dec 30 at 2:09 PM

Bradley Handwerger / WWLTV.com Sports Reporter
Email: bhandwerger@wwltv.com | Twitter: @wwltvsports


METAIRIE, La.  ― Present-wrapping bows at your local corner store likely cost no more than a dollar.

For Pierre Thomas, one small golden bow cost much, much more.

The NFL fined the Saints’ running back $7,500 for using a prop after scoring a touchdown in New Orleans’ 45-16 win over Atlanta.

Additionally, Thomas was fined $5,000 for wearing red and green tape on his wrists, a violation of the league’s uniform policy.

“It was an expensive bow I just gave out,” Thomas said.

By Thursday afternoon, teammates were having fun with Thomas. Linebacker Scott Shanle pinned a giant red bow on top of the letters Thomas received from the NFL notifying him of the fines.

Thomas laughed when asked about it, but said he felt good about the gesture after the touchdown, which ended with him giving one lucky fan the football he scored with.

“That’s something I wanted to do,” Thomas said. “I heard she was very happy and very grateful for it. I’m just happy I could make somebody’s Christmas and the New Orleans Saints game enjoyable, too, to watch.”

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