If seeing his team lose its first game of the season Sunday wasn’t unpleasant enough, New Orleans Saints safety Malcolm Jenkins received more irksome news Thursday: He was fined $15,570 for a hit on New England Patriots receiver Kenbrell Thompkins, he said on Twitter.
Officials flagged Jenkins with a 15-yard, unnecessary roughness penalty in the third quarter of the Saints’ visit to the Patriots. Thompkins ran across the middle in an attempt to catch a pass from quarterback Tom Brady at New England’s 37-yard line when Jenkins stepped in and hit him.
Jenkins slightly lowered his head on the play, but replays showed he led with his right shoulder, which knocked the ball out of Thompkins’ grasp. The refs nonetheless penalized Jenkins.
Thompkins would later catch the game-winning touchdown with 5 seconds left to help New England defeat New Orleans 30-27.
On Thursday, a Twitter user asked Jenkins whether he had been fined. Jenkins initially replied he wouldn’t know until team meetings after this week’s bye, but then he said, “I spoke too soon ... $15,750.”
He added in a separate tweet, “If you had to guess, how much $ does the NFL make per week from player fines? I keep hearing it all goes to charity I need a receipt.”
The NFL has not announced Jenkins’ fine. It typically announces fines on Friday.
Jenkins this year has had one interception, 2.5 sacks, two pass break-ups and 29 combined tackles. He has drawn three penalty flags for 30 yards.