Peyton Manning was fined $8,268 for taunting an opponent during a Denver preseason game against the Houston Texans, according to ESPN. The normally cool but intense Manning confronted Houston safety D.J. Swearinger--and was probably guilty of swearingering at him, insiders say. Prior to this incident, Manning had never in his long career been called for a taunting charge.
Manning took advantage of having thrown a 29-yard second quarter TD pass to Emmanuel Sanders to voice his displeasure with Swearinger, who earlier in the game had delivered a hit to Manning's teammate Wes Welker resulting in a concussion. Manning told ESPN that he accepted the fine, calling it "money well spent." (That's because it's like regular people being fined a nickel, but nevermind.) What he didn't tell ESPN is that he wasn't really so mad about Walker--what Peyton Manning's really pissed off about is last year's big game, when the future Hall of Famer had "one of the worst defeats a quarterback has ever absorbed in the Super Bowl." That kind of public thumping will change a man--even turn him into a taunter, apparently.
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