According to Fox Sports’ Jay Glazer, Oakland Raiders defensive coordinator Jason Tarver has been fined $15,000 for flipping the bird to officials last week.
Tarver already issued an apology for the incident:
I apologize for my action on the sideline of [Sunday's] game. It was in the heat of the moment, and I regret drawing attention away from the Raiders players and what they accomplished (CBS Sports).
Here’s some history on the gesture, courtesy of the hive-mind at Wikipedia:
The gesture dates back to Ancient Greece and was also used in Ancient Rome. Historically, it represented the phallus. In some modern cultures, it has gained increasing acceptance as a sign of disrespect, and has been used by music artists, athletes, and politicians. Many still view the gesture as obscene.
While Tarver can pay the fine, what he can’t atone for is all the millions and millions of lives he ruined by displaying a finger on television. America’s next generate of children will obviously grow into violent degenerates due to being exposed to the abhorrent gesture.
[Source: CBS Sports]