Brandon Jacobs fined $10,000

Updated: September 22, 2010, 3:53 AM ET
By Ohm Youngmisuk | ESPNNewYork.com

New York Giants running back Brandon Jacobs has been fined $10,000 by the NFL for throwing his helmet into the stands during a 38-14 loss Sunday night to the Indianapolis Colts.

Jacobs apologized for the helmet incident again Tuesday and also said he met Monday with general manager Jerry Reese and coach Tom Coughlin. Jacobs said he did not ask to be traded and he wants to help the Giants win.

"I want to apologize one more time for accidentally tossing my helmet in the stands," Jacobs said in a statement issued by the team. "It was something that happened because I was frustrated with the game, and I had no business tossing my helmet in the first place, and I am thankful that nobody was hurt.

"I talked to Jerry and Coach Coughlin yesterday," he added. "Both of them asked to speak with me, I didn't request a meeting with them. I have not demanded a trade and have no plans to demand a trade. The only demand I am making right now is of myself, to be the best player I can be and to help this team win."

The league investigated the helmet-tossing incident, and the team announced the fine Tuesday.

Jacobs said Sunday he had intended to throw the helmet toward the bench, but it got stuck on his leather glove and went sailing into the stands in the third quarter.

It was something that happened because I was frustrated with the game, and I had no business tossing my helmet in the first place, and I am thankful that nobody was hurt.

-- Brandon Jacobs

The six-year veteran has been embroiled in controversy this week, from his helmet-launching episode to the Bergen (N.J.) Record's report that Jacobs would ask Reese for a trade.

Jacobs has been unhappy with his diminished role behind starter Ahmad Bradshaw. Coughlin and Bradshaw, who is Jacobs' close friend, told reporters the running back did not ask for a trade on Monday.

Coughlin said he was not happy that Jacobs failed to control his emotions on the sideline.

"The whole incident upsets me," said Coughlin, who did not play Jacobs after the episode but said it was because the Giants, with a big deficit, were in passing mode. "I didn't know anything about this until after the game. It really makes no sense, it is a senseless act. I don't know what you are going to accomplish by that. Even if it was an accident.

"The frustration, you got to learn to deal with it. You got to have poise and have some patience and have some control. The only reason I emphatically say that is god forbid somebody could have gotten hurt."

The Giants do not want to deal their backup running back, according to ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter. Trading Jacobs would be, as one source described it, highly unlikely.

Jacobs is in the second year of a four-year, $25 million deal that included $13 million guaranteed. He will make $3.65 million this season and is due $4.65 million and $4.9 million the next two seasons, respectively.

Jacobs had 12 carries for 44 yards in the season opener but saw just four carries against the Colts for 8 yards.

On his final carry, early in the third quarter, Jacobs was tackled for no gain after running sideways to his left instead of forward. Coughlin was upset with Jacobs for not running full-steam ahead.

After the game, Jacobs repeatedly apologized for throwing his helmet but did get into a heated discussion with a reporter after being asked about not going back into the game.

Jacobs, who twice has used profanity while snapping at reporters this season, later apologized to the reporter.

Teammates have defended Jacobs and said the running back has not become a distraction.

"We know Brandon," quarterback Eli Manning said. "He kind of wears his mouth on his sleeve a little bit. He is very emotional and is going to say some things. He wants to win. He wants to help this team and that is just the way he is. You got to love him for it."

"It is not affecting us and it is not bothering us," Manning said. "[But] being in New York, sometimes you got to learn how to lose a little bit better. It is never a good thing. You don't want to accept losing but you know after a loss everything is going to be multiplied and you are going to ask a lot of questions and it can be hard at times."

Ohm Youngmisuk covers the Giants for ESPNNewYork.com. Follow him on Twitter.

More from ESPNNewYork.com

Ohm Youngmisuk has covered the Giants, Jets and the NFL since 2006. Prior to that, he covered the Nets, Knicks and the NBA for nearly a decade. He joined ESPNNewYork.com after working at the New York Daily News for almost 12 years and is a graduate of Michigan State University.
Follow him on Twitter »  Ohm's chat archive »

EDITORS' PICKS

ALSO SEE