NFL: Marcus Peters Slapped with $12,500 Fine for Spitting Incident

by Thad Mitchell
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Baltimore Ravens starting defensive back Marcus Peters may soon be a little lighter in the pocket book. Peters is receiving a hefty fine from NFL officials for allegedly spitting on another player. The league calls it an “unsportsmanlike” offense.

While Peters denies that he spit on Cleveland Browns wide receiver Jarvis Landry, the league thinks otherwise. Earlier this week, the 27-year-old Pro Bowl cornerback was hit with a $12,500 fine.

Peters was a first round NFL draft choice of the Kansas City Chiefs in 2015 after playing collegiately at the University of Kansas. He took NFL Rookie of the Year honors after a successful season that saw him intercept eight passes. Considered an ascending talent after his first year, he seemed to be destined for NFL stardom.

Though he is a rare talent with a knack for picking off passes, trouble often seems to find the young star. The spitting incident is his latest among disciplinary issues he has had since entering into the league. Despite being one of the better cover corners in the NFL, he has now been traded twice in five years. Reasoning for the multiple trades can be attributed to his on-field and off-field behavior.

Since coming into the league, Peters has played with three different teams. He was first traded to the then St. Louis Rams in 2018. He played with the Rams until he was once again traded to another team. The Baltimore Ravens acquired the All-Pro defensive back in October of 2019. He remains with the Ravens this season and is having a fine year with two interceptions.

Marcus Peters Denies Spitting Incident

The alleged incident occurred on this week’s edition of Monday Night Football matchup between the Ravens and Browns.

Peters’ agent, Doug Hendrickson, says they intend to file and appeal toward the fine. The cornerback has been adamant that he did not spit on Landry during the game.

“Anyone who believes that I intentionally spit at him does not know me,” he says.

H/T: Pro Football Talk

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