Leonard Fournette wins grievance against the Jaguars for $99,000
During the final week of the 2018 NFL campaign, Jacksonville Jaguars running back Leonard Fournette irritated executive Tom Coughlin by sitting on the bench in spite of being inactive in the team’s season-ending loss.
As a result, Coughlin tagged Fournette with a $99,000 fine.
Well, Fournette filed a grievance against the Jaguars for the penalty, and on Wednesday, he confirmed that he won, according to Mark Long of The Associated Press.
RB Leonard Fournette confirms he won a grievance against Jaguars to get a $99K fine rescinded. Tom Coughlin fined Fournette for his actions (sitting on the bench while inactive) during the 2018 season finale
— Mark Long (@APMarkLong) December 18, 2019
Fournette had a miserable 2018 season overall, playing in just eight games due to injuries and suspensions and rushing for 439 yards and five touchdowns while averaging a meager 3.3 yards per carry.
He has bounced back this year, however, as he has appeared in every contest thus far and has totaled 1,081 yards and three scores on the ground, logging 4.3 yards per attempt. In addition, he has hauled in 73 receptions for 488 yards.
The 24-year-old, who played his collegiate football at LSU, was originally selected by the Jags with the fourth overall pick of the 2017 NFL Draft.
He participated in 14 games during his rookie campaign, finishing with 1,040 yards while reaching the end zone nine times as a rusher, recording 3.9 yards per tote. He also caught 36 passes for 302 yards and a touchdown.
The Jaguars were impressive as a whole that season, winning 10 games to capture the AFC South division crown. They then made it all the way to the AFC Championship Game, where they fell to the New England Patriots.
Since then, however, Jacksonville has gone downhill, as it won just five games in 2018 and is 5-9 entering its Week 16 matchup with the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday.