Originally Posted by IngaVovchanchyn
Orlando Brown (the player) received $25 million from the NFL after this incident:
At first I was about to be outraged but then I read the story:
"During a December 19, 1999 game against the Jacksonville Jaguars, Brown was accidentally hit in the right eye by a penalty marker weighted with ball bearings thrown by referee Jeff Triplette. Triplette immediately apologized to Brown. Brown was holding his hand to his eye and then went ballistic and shoved Triplette, knocking him to the ground. Brown was ejected from the game and subsequently suspended by the NFL, although the suspension was lifted when his injury did not heal.
"Brown sat out the entire 2000 season waiting for his right eye to heal. The Browns released him after the season. In 2001, he sued the NFL for $200 million in damages. According to reports, he settled for a sum between $15 million and $25 million in 2002.
"Brown spent the 2001 and 2002 seasons in rehab before he was picked back up by the Ravens in 2003."
That ref is lucky he didn't get stomped on too. He fucked up someone's career and risked leaving him permanently injured.