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NFL fines Antonio Brown $10K for running backward into end zone

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When Antonio Brown broke free on a punt return and ran backward into the end zone, the referee didn’t like it. Steelers coach Mike Tomlin also didn’t like it. And the league office didn’t like it, either.

Brown, who got a 15-yard unsportsmanlike conduct penalty and got a dressing down from Tomlin, now has been fined $10,000 by the NFL, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.

The penalty was the third time in the last two seasons that Brown has been flagged for unsportsmanlike conduct.

To add insult to injury, Brown’s touchdown was negated by an illegal block in the back penalty. So he got a $10,000 fine for celebrating a touchdown that he hadn’t actually scored.

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68 Responses to “NFL fines Antonio Brown $10K for running backward into end zone”
  1. grpatriot says: Nov 4, 2012 8:09 AM

    Ridiculous! How does this merit a 10K fine?
    NFL- no fun league!

  2. bgsusteelers says: Nov 4, 2012 8:09 AM

    It was stupid to do and I definitely didn’t like it, but $10,000 fine for it?!? That’s, to say the least, going a little overboard. Oh we’ll, not my money, so I don’t really care.

  3. skoobyfl says: Nov 4, 2012 8:11 AM

    The Gestapo has ways of making you talk.

  4. evilbilly3 says: Nov 4, 2012 8:14 AM

    NFL=No Fun League

    The NFL should be fined for making the steelers wear those awful uniforms.

  5. cereal blogger says: Nov 4, 2012 8:15 AM

    Stay classy Steelers

  6. jets13 says: Nov 4, 2012 8:16 AM

    This is going a little too far, and I think hurting the NFL.

    Some people dont like what brown did…..so they wont root for him….others like show boating…..so they will.

    Isn’t all this stuff what makes us like certain players and dislike other?

    If the NFL eliminates individuality, it threatens to hurt the personal side of players we have grown to love/hate.

  7. Sam Von Schamm says: Nov 4, 2012 8:18 AM

    Doesn’t change the fact that Goodell’s the worst commissioner in pro sports.

    Yes, I’m including Bettman.

  8. piemasteruk says: Nov 4, 2012 8:19 AM

    Good to see the NFL getting a handle on the important issues…

  9. FinFan68 says: Nov 4, 2012 8:19 AM

    Good. Showboats detract from their teams and the game.

  10. filthymcnasty1 says: Nov 4, 2012 8:20 AM

    DB’s backpeddle on every play. Are they still allowed to do that?

  11. jerrygray721 says: Nov 4, 2012 8:21 AM

    that’ll teach him

  12. tomtravis76 says: Nov 4, 2012 8:21 AM

    10k for something that didn’t actually happen when the play was over?

    Roger is awful, its a professional sports entertainment league…let the players entertain, fans are paying tons of money to support the league. Everything these guys do is a fine. Just waiting for the day when Roger begins fining fans by allowing teams to charge their credit cards(at least the person responsible for buying tickets) for behavior detrimental to the league, always read the fine print in the future.

  13. mrbigass says: Nov 4, 2012 8:21 AM

    Yea! Look at me! I am so awesome!!!!

    And I am so stupid I’m certain I will do this again……….

  14. mrhurriicane says: Nov 4, 2012 8:24 AM

    Was it stupid? Yes. But let coach Tomlim police the action. I don’t think it was necessary for anyone else to step in.

  15. mazblast says: Nov 4, 2012 8:25 AM

    The league–or perhaps The Great Roger Goodell Himself Live And In Person–is getting fine-happy. What Brown did was stupid showboating, but the on-field penalty and a dressing-down fom his coach was enough. Fining for something that didn’t physically hurt anyone, and which didn’t break any of those mega-important rules like what color shoes one wears, is indication that the league or The Great One just likes fining people.

  16. ravensallday2012 says: Nov 4, 2012 8:27 AM

    He got excited because he never gets into end zone

  17. tomthebombtracy says: Nov 4, 2012 8:28 AM

    Since the illegal block negated it anyway, I haven’t gotten the answer about whether the showboat move would have been penalized on the kickoff…or from where it actually started…the 20 yard line.

    Can you imagine a penalty marched off from the 20, negating the touchdown, and putting the ball on the 35?

    Regardless three times in two years show that Antonio is selfish and will eventually cost his team a game if he doesn’t wise up.

  18. scothawk says: Nov 4, 2012 8:28 AM

    He can claim concussion symtomns made him run back to front and then sue the league for a gazillion dollars for this.

  19. oldhuskerfan says: Nov 4, 2012 8:30 AM

    I’m a long time Steelers fan, but this may be the funniest thing I’ve read in a long time. Getting reamed and fined for show boating on a nullified touchdown. You can’t fix stupid.

  20. packerman1968 says: Nov 4, 2012 8:30 AM

    It is getting to the point that I hate the NFL office.

    The game that I love is a watered down version.

    I miss the football of the old, before Goodell.

    Let the team discipline him.

  21. rogerbrad says: Nov 4, 2012 8:32 AM

    Well they looked like a bunch of convicts is those stupid uniforms…

  22. kwickett85 says: Nov 4, 2012 8:33 AM

    What has happened to this league?? Seriously…

  23. dabears212 says: Nov 4, 2012 8:35 AM

    When will the NFL stop fining players for ridiculous things such as this? The touchdown didn’t even count!

  24. coreycroom says: Nov 4, 2012 8:35 AM

    Not surprising given how the league has been handling similar things – but still utter BS. The taunting / celebration rules are just obnoxiously restrictive in order to cater to parents too lazy to educate their own children about sportsmanship. News flash: NFL players don’t like each other and the game is better for it.

  25. cortiz086 says: Nov 4, 2012 8:35 AM

    The fact that the td didn’t count makes the whole situation great. What a douche.

  26. ralphiepower says: Nov 4, 2012 8:35 AM

    hate the Steelers..

    But this is so dumb! NFL is entertainment.. You should be able to run backwards towards the end zone.. BIG FREAKIN DEAL

  27. j0esixpack says: Nov 4, 2012 8:36 AM

    Goodell has gone too far now.

    Fining a guy $10,000 for dyslexia?

    This is no laughing matter. Mothers Against Dyslexia (also known as “DAM”) will be hearing about this

  28. flavordave says: Nov 4, 2012 8:39 AM

    Celebrating is one thing, being a punk a is another. I watched it live on the RedZone and was hoping hed trip over his feet. Him and DeSean Jackson cant just score a TD with class.

  29. flavordave says: Nov 4, 2012 8:40 AM

    Steelers go from one unlikable jerk, Hines Ward, to another in Brown. Jerk City.

  30. flaccodelic says: Nov 4, 2012 8:41 AM

    OK, I am no Steelers fan and I think that run was a d-bag move, but getting fined for it is ridiculous. Let the coach handle that stuff.

  31. headonaswivel says: Nov 4, 2012 8:43 AM

    Good. He is extremely annoying, just another punk. I’m sick of him pointing every time he gets a first down. 3rd and 16 at a crucial point in the game, fine, I get that but catching a 2 yard pass for a first down and gesturing with his arm first down is so annoying.

  32. steelernationfartsinyourfaceandwinschampionships says: Nov 4, 2012 8:46 AM

    This verifies the conspiracy that we have suspected. Time to turn the tables on the league and start our own league.

  33. Stiller43 says: Nov 4, 2012 8:48 AM

    He was probably just turning around to see if there were any flags on the field…since every single play on special teams, the steelers get flagged (rightfully so) for something.

  34. sru1999 says: Nov 4, 2012 8:51 AM

    I like Brown as a player, but he has too much Santonio Holmes in him. Just play the game and stop the stupidity.

  35. sjayski says: Nov 4, 2012 8:51 AM

    A fine for that is so stupid. The NFL is getting out of control. As a fan, I like touchdown antics and a little bit of showmanship.

    I don’t like the excessive celebration every time someone makes a routine tackle, but for things like TD’s, sacks, interceptions and fumbles I really don’t mind it.

    If the NFL wants to put on a show, let the players put on a show!

  36. diesel23 says: Nov 4, 2012 8:52 AM

    The greatest day in NFL history will be when Goodell retires

  37. dandydon17 says: Nov 4, 2012 8:53 AM

    Totally diasagree with the 10G hit. This is just Roger’s Raiders running rampant again. I’m all for good sportsmanship but this wasn’t taunting. Brown didn’t show up an opponent, like holding the ball under his nose, etc. He was merely happy and excited. Personally, I was impressed with his speed running backwards, just like I am when I see a player doing a backwards somersault in full pads. It’s part of what makes pro football so much fun to watch. Or it used to be anyway…

  38. canetic says: Nov 4, 2012 8:56 AM

    And he deserved it. The best part is that the TD didn’t count anyway. Usually the Steelers handle themselves better than that.

  39. captainwisdom8888 says: Nov 4, 2012 9:01 AM

    I see desean Jackson run backwards into the end zone every time he scores. Which is like 3 times a season

    For real tho

  40. painkiller20 says: Nov 4, 2012 9:01 AM

    This guy is getting annoying. His first down celebration should warrant a fine too.

  41. ace8842 says: Nov 4, 2012 9:04 AM

    Sorry, but this is absurd. A couple years ago DeSean Jackson fell into the end zone in Dallas, but was penalized when he shouldn’t have been. You are allowed to do whatever you want before you cross the goalline. Even if Brown was taunting, that should not be a finable offense, just a penalty. The No Fun League strikes again. They’ve overdone it on these TD celebration penalties.

  42. beedubyatoo says: Nov 4, 2012 9:04 AM

    Brown’s apparently not a member of Mensa.

  43. geefan1 says: Nov 4, 2012 9:10 AM

    I wish they would make those penalties spot fouls. Make it 15 yards from the spot where the player starts acting like a fool and take the points off the board. Dumb stunts like that would end immediately.

  44. greglloydrules says: Nov 4, 2012 9:10 AM

    The move was stupid by Brown. Stay disciplined. You don’t need stupid penalties. But being fined for it is stupid as well. This is a joke of a fine.

  45. demolition510 says: Nov 4, 2012 9:10 AM

    No Fun League.

    The fine shoulda been for those ugly@ss things called uniforms they wore. I thought the Bucs and Broncs throws were hideous.

  46. gcsuk says: Nov 4, 2012 9:13 AM

    j0esixpack says:
    Nov 4, 2012 8:36 AM
    Goodell has gone too far now.

    Fining a guy $10,000 for dyslexia?

    This is no laughing matter. Mothers Against Dyslexia (also known as “DAM”) will be hearing about this
    ———————————————————–

    Funny. I get it.

  47. umainebearman says: Nov 4, 2012 9:13 AM

    10 grand huh? I bet Mike Wallace is pissed, that his money Brown is losing.

  48. anyonebutbrady says: Nov 4, 2012 9:18 AM

    You swear y’all are going to leave the league
    steelernationfartsinyourfaceandwinschampionships? Best news I’ve heard in a long time…

  49. paulellertsen says: Nov 4, 2012 9:43 AM

    Im not from the US, so maybe Im missing something here, but this thing with fining the players all the time is baffling to me.
    It just seems deeply unfair to go after individual players pocketbooks.

    If the NFL really wants to curb unwanted behavior they should fine the team as a whole, or alternatively let players sit out the next game. That way it becomes the *teams* problem.

  50. TxGrown says: Nov 4, 2012 9:43 AM

    I don’t blame him for getting all excited about a punt for a TD return. The Roth never throws his way for one.

  51. clu1perceiver says: Nov 4, 2012 9:51 AM

    Coach Tomlin, supposedly a no nonsense guy, has been Brown’s coach during his time as a Steeler. Whatever corrective action he may have taken toward Brown has been ineffective, he continues violate league rules regarding on field conduct. The fining schedule is there to discourage repeat behavior. If members of the Knuckle Head Brigade don’t know the rules or don’t care it’s on them.

  52. wtfchiefs says: Nov 4, 2012 9:57 AM

    Why so serious?
    It’s a game….what’s so bad about guys showboating? Does it hurt Roger’s feelings when players do that or something?

  53. ripster65 says: Nov 4, 2012 9:59 AM

    “DB’s backpeddle on every play. Are they still allowed to do that?”
    ——–
    not if they’re doing it on their way into the end zone after a pick.
    $10,000? That was probably the tip he left last time he went out on the town.

    What’s wrong with mocking a defense that let a guy blow through you so badly that he could spend the last 30yds tiptoeing backwards and still couldn’t be caught?

  54. aljack88 says: Nov 4, 2012 10:00 AM

    “The penalty was the third time in the last two seasons that Brown has been flagged for unsportsmanlike conduct.”

    All those who disagree with the fine seem to be overlooking the fact the Steelers haven’t been addressing this issue correctly.

  55. football2011 says: Nov 4, 2012 10:09 AM

    Imagine how dangerous he would be if he had done ‘The Hokey Pokey”. Stop this man before he kills again! Goodell is a bad joke on so many levels.

  56. blacknyellablacknyella says: Nov 4, 2012 10:13 AM

    Absurd. Those complaining are probably parents in one of those leagues for children that don’t keep score. I think a professional athlete should be able to keep his emotions in check when his opponent scores on him. Don’t want to see a celebration? Don’t get scored on. I hated Deion Sanders, but I enjoyed his final ten-yards into the end zone. I loved Walter Payton and his high-stepping. Those plays live on in my memory as great players having fun. Can you imagine Goodell running tennis? Fining Nadal and Federer for fist-pumps during the action or suspending them for four matches for falling to the ground and screaming with joy after winning a major tourney? Let’s just start shooting the games in black and white, remove the smiles, and march in unison. Das Fuhrer is here!

  57. yajas says: Nov 4, 2012 10:14 AM

    I would defend Goodell on most of the things that he gets crucified on here for but this doesn’t make any sense to me. Fines for behavior relating to safety and fairness make sense because the on-field repercussions of those actions aren’t always enough. In those cases there’s usually some benefit to the offender such as injuring, weakening, or intimidating the opponent. A 15yd penalty may not be enough to deter that so you have to fine them.

    But there’s no benefit to showboating and the resulting 15yd penalty definitely hurts the team. No need to fine that as long as the ref flags it.

  58. 1phd says: Nov 4, 2012 10:18 AM

    j0esixpack says:
    Nov 4, 2012 8:36 AM
    Goodell has gone too far now.

    Fining a guy $10,000 for dyslexia?

    This is no laughing matter. Mothers Against Dyslexia (also known as “DAM”) will be hearing about this.
    ————————————-
    Reminds me of my paranoid dyslexic friend who goes around thinking he’s following people.

  59. capitaloffense says: Nov 4, 2012 10:44 AM

    Excerpt from “Mein Kampf II: Make It Up As We Go” or The NFL Rule Book

    Rule 98299733984z:

    The following is allowed while going into the end zone:

    -Highstepping
    -Superman diving
    -Flipping
    -Verbally taunting trailing defenders
    -Turning around and falling backwards with or without a snow angel
    -Pointing at trailing defenders
    -Anything the hell else you can think of
    -Any combination of the above

    Strictly forbidden:

    -Running backwards.

  60. cometkazie says: Nov 4, 2012 10:58 AM

    geefan1 says:
    Nov 4, 2012 9:10 AM
    I wish they would make those penalties spot fouls. Make it 15 yards from the spot where the player starts acting like a fool and take the points off the board. Dumb stunts like that would end immediately.
    +-+-+

    Isn’t that the college rule?

  61. pftcensorssuck says: Nov 4, 2012 11:04 AM

    geefan1 says:Nov 4, 2012 9:10 AM

    I wish they would make those penalties spot fouls. Make it 15 yards from the spot where the player starts acting like a fool and take the points off the board. Dumb stunts like that would end immediately.
    ———————————————————-

    Exactly.

  62. mataaaa says: Nov 4, 2012 11:17 AM

    Clearly anyone who has written something negative about brown has never played sports at a professional level.. It’s extremely difficult to make splash plays in the NFL so when you do you should be allowed to celebrate.. its natural.. its human.. NFL is a joke for fining him.

  63. codysteeler says: Nov 4, 2012 11:20 AM

    STUPID FINE!!!

  64. stuartscottslefteye says: Nov 4, 2012 11:20 AM

    Not a Steelers or Antonio fan – but that’s ridiculous. I can see a flag – but a fine? C’mon! Next they’ll be fining players for adjusting their cup.

  65. lolo376 says: Nov 4, 2012 11:49 AM

    NFL. No Fun League! Not a Steelers fan but are you serious? Let these guys have some fun! Main reason people play football is because they love the sport and it’s fun, I don’t see how you can play when the league is taking all the fun out of it.

  66. dannythebisforbeast says: Nov 4, 2012 12:18 PM

    Goodell needs to be stopped. I’m not a fan of showboating but its part of the game. So now there will be fines for TD celebrations. goodell is destroying football if it wasn’t for fantasy football I don’t think I would watch it religiously like I did my whole life. No defense,can’t hit anybody, every incomplete pass the receivers arm goes up for a flag almost before the ball goes past him

  67. randallflagg52 says: Nov 4, 2012 4:48 PM

    Typical classless steeler.

  68. FinFan68 says: Nov 4, 2012 10:11 PM

    mataaaa says:
    Nov 4, 2012 11:17 AM
    Clearly anyone who has written something negative about brown has never played sports at a professional level.. It’s extremely difficult to make splash plays in the NFL so when you do you should be allowed to celebrate.. its natural.. its human.. NFL is a joke for fining him.
    ~~~~~~~~~~~
    Clearly you fail to understand what a professional is and why there was a fine. It was not a “celebration”, it was unsportsmanlike. A visual taunt/trash talk. It was unnecessary and served only to demean his opponent. What is “professional” about that?

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