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.

68 responses to “NFL fines Antonio Brown $10K for running backward into end zone

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

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

    Yes, I’m including Bettman.

  4. 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.

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

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

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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

  12. 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

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

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

  17. 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.

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

  19. 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!

  20. 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…

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

  22. 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.

  23. 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.

  24. 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.

  25. 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
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    Funny. I get it.

  26. 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.

  27. 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.

  28. 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?

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

  30. “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.

  31. 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!

  32. 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.

  33. 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.
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    Reminds me of my paranoid dyslexic friend who goes around thinking he’s following people.

  34. 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.

  35. 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?

  36. 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.
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    Exactly.

  37. 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.

  38. 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.

  39. 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

  40. 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.
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    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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