Obscene gesture will cost Vick $20K
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Posted: 59 days ago
The NFL apparently doesn't take too kindly these days to having a player flip the Dirty Bird.

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Kevin Hench says instead of pointing fingers (specifically his middle one) at fans, Michael Vick should accept the blame for the Falcons' recent slide. Do you agree, disagree? Here's your chance to voice your opinion.

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  • has learned that Falcons quarterback Michael Vick has been informed that his punishment for making an obscene gesture toward Atlanta fans Sunday will carry a unique fine — $10,000 by the NFL and an additional $10,000 the league is requesting that Vick make as a donation to a charity of his choice.

    In the past, NFL had fined players $5,000 for similar behavior, so the $20,000 Vick will be asked to shell out represents a dramatic increase.

    Since taking office, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell has come down with a stronger arm to help curb momentary lapses of sanity by players on the field, like the one Vick experienced on Sunday.

    Last week, the league fined Tom Nalen of the Broncos $25,000 for a block below the knees. A couple weeks before that, the Raiders' Tyler Brayton was hit for $25,000 for kneeing Seattle's Jerramy Stevens in the groin.

    Vick was very apologetic for his behavior on Sunday, apologizing once in a written statement shortly after the loss to the Saints, then doing it again on Monday.

    "I would have never thought that six years into my career I would ever do something like that," Vick said Monday.

    "It will never happen again. Never."

    And now he's got 20,000 reasons to make sure it doesn't.

    The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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