Jerry Jones hints he will pay potential fines for Salvation Army kettle celebrations
Dallas Cowboys players have created a tradition in recent years involving the giant Salvation Army kettle, and Jerry Jones has made it clear that he completely supports it.
During Thursday’s win over the Washington Redskins, Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott — who famously jumped into the Salvation Army jug two years ago — lifted Dak Prescott into the kettle after the quarterback scored a rushing touchdown.
— mike fisher ✭ (@fishsports) November 23, 2018
Then after scoring a touchdown of his own later in the game, Elliott tossed $21 into the kettle rather than jumping into it.
— Adam Collins ✭ (@AdamCollinsCN) November 22, 2018
There has been talk about the NFL potentially handing out fines for players using the kettle as a prop, but Jerry Jones hinted after the Thanksgiving win that he will absorb the damage himself if so.
Jerry Jones said he loves the attention the Salvation Army will get from the Cowboys' TD celebrations on Thursday: "Any fine coming I'll gladly add on to my credit."
— Jon Machota (@jonmachota) November 23, 2018
Elliott was not fined for jumping into the kettle two seasons ago, but he later said he thinks the NFL was just giving him a one-time pass. The Salvation Army also saw an influx of $21 donations after that happened, so it would be a tough look for the league to hand out fines over it. However, it’s also hard to justify fining a player like Michael Thomas for this touchdown celebration and letting Cowboys players off the hook.