An Arena Football League official said yesterday that the league was reviewing Soul co-owner Jon Bon Jovi's obscene gesture during Monday's 57-49 loss to the visiting Georgia Force, a gesture captured on ESPN2.
Apparently unaware of the camera, Bon Jovi raised both middle fingers toward the officials after Georgia receiver Troy Bergeron caught a 34-yard pass, fumbled the ball on the 4-yard line, and recovered the ball in the end zone for a touchdown.
Bon Jovi was contrite after the game.
"I apologize for the middle-finger thing," he said. "I didn't understand the rule. It's simple as that. We will be back next week."
The Soul (4-1) will visit Dallas (6-0) Monday at 8 p.m. in a game that also will be televised by ESPN2. Bon Jovi said he would not be at that game because of a previous commitment.
The AFL issued this statement through Chris McCloskey, senior vice president for communications: "Jon Bon Jovi is a great AFL owner who is passionate and competitive. . . .
"He has already apologized and expressed profound regret to the commissioner, ESPN and the Soul fans. The AFL will review this matter over the next few days to determine if discipline is warranted."