Indianapolis Colts cornerback Jacob Lacey is an undrafted rookie who was understandably thrilled on Sunday against the Rams when he grabbed his first career interception and raced 35 yards for a touchdown.
But the NFL thinks he got a little too exuberant about the score.
After running into the end zone untouched, Lacey did a feet-first baseball-style slide. Going to the ground for a celebration is a no-no in the NFL, and ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported on Twitter that the league has fined Lacey $10,000 for an illegal celebration.
Lacey’s celebration was fairly innocuous: He didn’t taunt anyone or do anything offensive, unless you think a football player imitating a baseball player is offensive. But it was against the NFL’s celebration rules, it cost the Colts 15 yards, and now it’s cost Lacey a healthy chunk of his weekly paycheck.