Former Ute fined $10k for watching daughter’s halftime performance

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SALT LAKE CITY -- Head Coach Mike McCoy confirmed Monday that the San Diego Chargers has fined All-Pro Free Safety Eric Weddle $10,000.

During a week 15 game against the Miami Dolphins, the former Ute stayed on the field during halftime to watch his daughter perform during the dance ceremony. Coach McCoy also stated the organization was merely following team policy, as important coaching adjustments are made in the locker room during halftime.

On Monday, it was also reported that Weddle was placed on injury reserve, against his wishes, and will not be traveling to the week 17 game against the Broncos. The 30-year-old had been dealing with a groin injury, which caused him to miss three games this year.

Weddle did not play in the second half of the team’s Thursday night game against the Oakland Raiders after aggravating the injury.

These decisions only seal the departure of Weddle from the Chargers where he’ll become an unrestricted free agent in the offseason.

Weddle is the only safety in the NFL who has been named a first- or second-team All-Pro for five straight seasons, and should have plenty of suitors should he follow through with his free agency. He made $7.5 million in base salary for the 2015 season, the final of a 5-year $40 million deal.

David Canter, Weddle’s agent, told the Associated Press, “If you do bad things to good people, you deserve to have your dirty laundry aired in the limelight. Eric’s done nothing but give nine years to the Chargers organizations – his heart, his soul, his body.”