Tennessee Titans owner Bud Adams was fined $250,000 for his obscene gestures made from both the owner’s luxury suite and on the field Sunday during a 41-17 victory over the Buffalo Bills.
An advisory from the Associated Press moved regarding the fine from NFL commissioner Roger Goodell.
The 86-year-old owner was shown in a YouTube video with his middle fingers extended on each hand as he looked out over the crowd from the owner’s box on the east side of the stadium and later repeated the gestures at the conclusion of the game.
Adams issued an apology for his actions on Monday, and NFL commissioner Roger Goodell told reporters in Charlotte, N.C., that he would have to review the situation.
Goodell had been at Sunday’s game and been in the suite with Adams prior to the owner's actions. When Adams made the gestures from his box, Goodell had gone into the stands to sit with fans in Section 104.
"I saw that he publicly apologized, and that’s really all I have to say," Coach Jeff Fisher said Monday afternoon. "I know having spoken with him over the last couple of weeks, he was really excited about this game, and the significance of this game, and the fact that Mr. [Ralph] Wilson was coming in and they’re close.
"There’s been some tremendous matchups over the years between the two clubs, the playoff loss up there and the Music City Miracle here, so there’s a great deal of history there, and I know this was a game he’d been looking forward to," added Fisher.
In the past, then-Atlanta Falcons quarterback was fined $10,000 by the league and donated another $10,000 for a similar gesture, while former San Francisco 49ers kicker Joe Nedney, a former Titan, was fined $7,500 for an obscene hand gesture.