NFL penalizes Panthers owner David Tepper with a $300k fine after he throws a beverage at fans.

The league has imposed a $300,000 fine on David Tepper, the owner of the Carolina Panthers, for throwing a beverage at fans in Jacksonville towards the end of a game last Sunday. In a statement released on Tuesday, the NFL deemed Tepper’s behavior “unacceptable.” The league expects all NFL personnel to conduct themselves in a manner that respects fans and reflects positively on their team and the NFL. Tepper’s reaction occurred after rookie quarterback Bryce Young threw an interception with less than three minutes remaining in a 26-0 loss to the Jaguars.

Tepper expressed regret for his actions, stating, “I am deeply passionate about this team and regret my behavior on Sunday. I should have allowed NFL stadium security to handle any arising issues. I respect the NFL’s code of conduct and accept the disciplinary actions taken by the league.”

It remains unclear whether Tepper’s reaction was prompted by something said to him or another defeat for the worst team in the NFL. The Panthers, with a record of 2-14, will not even possess the first overall pick in the draft since it was traded to Chicago in exchange for the top pick used to select Young.

Panthers general manager Scott Fitterer was present near Tepper when he threw the remnants of his drink while watching the game from a club suite. In 2009, the NFL fined late Titans owner Bud Adams $250,000 for making an obscene gesture towards Buffalo fans while celebrating Tennessee’s victory over the Bills. Fans have been banned from stadiums for throwing beverages at players.

It has been a challenging year for Tepper, who dismissed first-year coach Frank Reich after only 11 games. Since acquiring the Panthers less than six years ago, Tepper has gone through coaches Ron Rivera, Matt Rhule, and Reich, as well as interim coaches Perry Fewell, Steve Wilks, and Chris Tabor.

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