Fellow Latter-day Saint and San Diego Charger’s safety Eric Weddle was fined $10,000 last Thursday for watching his daughter perform a dance during halftime. The incident occurred on what may be Weddle’s last game with the Chargers on December 20th against the Miami Dolphins.
David Canter, Weedle’s agent, revealed that Weddle never asked permission to remain on the sideline to watch his daughter dance in an event sponsored by the San Diego Chargers cheerleading squad. Eric Weddle and his agent were not originally planning on disclosing the fine, but announced it after the Chargers placed Weddle on the team’s injured reserve. Canter said that he plans to fine a grievance with the NFL Players Association on Weddle’s behalf.
DEC Management, Weddle’s agency Tweeted this image on December 28th with the caption, “Nothing more important than this. Especially 0 halftime adjustments in a blowout win at home. Worth the nonsense.”
Chargers head coach Mike McCoy said that it is a team policy to be in the locker room during halftime “and a situation took place two weeks ago in our stadium. So yes, we did fine him.” Team spokesman Bill Johnston said that it is mandatory for all players to be in the locker room so that halftime adjustments can be made.
Eric Weddle led the Chargers defense by playing 961 snaps in 2014. Since 2008, Weddle has played and average of 937 snaps during the regular season. Weddle is the only safety in the NFL named a first or second-team All-Pro for five straight seasons.
This season is expected to be Eric Weddle’s last with the San Diego Chargers before becoming an unrestricted free agent in 2016.
Eric, on behalf of Latter-day Saints worldwide, we thank you. Thank you for setting an example and putting family first.