Minnesota Vikings guard Alex Boone yelled at a referee during week 7 against the Eagles, but he has offered his apologies and accepted his fine from the NFL.
Sometimes, frustrations can get the best of people. Even in situations where doing the right thing is obvious, emotions can cause people to do or say things they don’t mean, and that is exactly what happened with Minnesota Vikings guard Alex Boone.
Boone was fined $12,154 according to the Pioneer Press for his words and actions to a referee during the team’s week 7 matchup against the Philadelphia Eagles. After being called for a holding penalty, the veteran offensive lineman lost his cool and earned an unsportsmanlike call for his response to referee Jon Runyan.
The Vikings guard will not challenge the fine, and recently apologized for his actions during the game toward the officiating crew.
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"“Runyan was basically like, ‘You got to have more respect for the official,’ and he was right,’’ Boone said. “I was in a bad situation, I was upset, and it shouldn’t have happened. “"
Situations like this happen all the time in life. However, seeing an NFL player take responsibility for their actions and admit that what they did was not right is refreshing to see. But Boone also realizes that keeping himself composed is important because it could have bigger ramifications in the future.
"“Sometime, it could cost our team a lot more. … I’ve known Jon awhile. He basically cussed me out and said, ‘Are you going to fight (the fine).’ I said, ‘No.’ I take full responsibility for what I said and I would agree with (the fine). I’m just an emotional player. I’m not going to not be an emotional player, but I won’t be talking to the ref like that any more.’’"
Boone is an important part of the Minnesota Vikings offensive line and is a leader in the unit. His vocal and passionate nature is something that draws fans to him, but it is good to know he will be making a better effort to not hurt the team with a penalty in the future.