The Raiders are known for being a physical and penalized team and that apparently includes their punter.
Punters are people too and don’t forget that. On top of that, punters can also sometimes be really fast and really good at illegal tackles.
Oakland Raiders’ punter Marquette King was fined earlier today for one heck of a horse collar penalty against Atlanta Falcons’ return man Eric Weems.
— Joe Kovac Jr. (@joekovacjr) September 18, 2016
Yes it was a TD-saving yank down, but it was also a bank-breaking penalty for King.
Punters are hitters, too. #Raiders P Marquette King fined $18,231 for unnecessary roughness (horse collar tackle)
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) September 23, 2016
King’s base salary this year is $1,400,000, so let’s do some math. The penalty only amounts to about 1.3% of King’s overall salary, which isn’t that much. However, King makes about $82,352 per week, which means King’s salary cost him about 22% of his paycheck this week and that’s a high percentage.
Then again, King probably deserves that as his penalty was against the rules.
— Jordan Heck (@JordanHeckFF) September 20, 2016
To make the story even more enticing, King isn’t planning on paying the entire fine out of his own pocket. Instead, he wants fans to help him pay.
Aye y'all I'm about to set up a go fund me for my horse collar fine I'm about to get today…
— Marquette King (@MarquetteKing) September 19, 2016
Since the NFL laid down the hammer with its fine against King, the punter hasn’t publicly launched a GoFundMe page. Then again, he probably remembered he recently signed a big five-year $16.5 million dollar deal, $7.75 million of which is guaranteed.
Oh and to make matters worse, King’s horse collar wasn’t even worth it in the end. The Raiders lost to the Falcons 35-28 to drop to 1-1 on the season. Oakland is slated to visit Tennessee on Sunday.