Accident or not, Jacobs put dozens of fans into harm's way by carelessly flinging his helmet and is fortunate nobody got hurt. That lucky break notwithstanding, he needs to be dealt with harshly by the league, likely in the form of a suspension. The NFL can't afford for fans paying hundreds of dollars for prime seats to feel that they're in danger. (Perhaps that's also why the league has been so quick to term this an accident. They don't need the media firestorm that would surely ensue if Jacobs did this on purpose.
CMR Giants RB Brandon Jacobs tosses helmet into stands, eventually gets it back Orlando Sentinel By AP INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — New York running back Brandon Jacobs apologized for unintentionally throwing his helmet into the stands in the third quarter Sunday night in the Giants' loss to the Indianapolis Colts. Jacobs,
Did he want the helmet as a souvenir? Was he planning to remove all the padding on the inside before returning it to Jacobs? Was he going to bring it to his next "rally" as a token of victory over the enemy?
Stadium security came and yanked the Giant's helmet away from the Colt fan and his clan. They should've let him keep it since Giants' coach Tom Coughlin benched Brandon Jacobs immediately after he threw his helmet. The RB never returned to the game.