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Tomlin wants clarity on what Antonio Brown can do when he scores

PITTSBURGH, PA - OCTOBER 02:  Antonio Brown #84 of the Pittsburgh Steelers celebrates his 38-yard touchdown reception in the first quarter during the game at Heinz Field on October 2, 2016 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images) Getty Images

Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown drew a flag and a fine for his twerking touchdown celebration in the first week of the regular season and he drew another flag in last Sunday night’s win over the Chiefs after a different touchdown dance was deemed excessive by the officials.

The league didn’t have any problem celebrating Brown’s score and celebration on their Twitter account, which may be part of the reason why Steelers coach Mike Tomlin spent some of his Tuesday press conference asking for more information from the league about what Brown can and can’t do.

“We have to get some clarity in terms of what’s legal and what’s not,” Tomlin said, via ESPN.com. “I know he doesn’t want it to be a negative thing. He wants to provide positive energy for us and entertain our fans. But we have to get detailed clarity on what he can and cannot do. You’ve got to acknowledge some guys are followed more closely than others. You saw that last night with [Odell] Beckham. AB is probably one of those guys and he probably needs to respond accordingly.”

Whatever the uncertainty, one sure way for Brown to avoid flags for excessive celebration would be to limit the dancing to his offseason appearances on television shows devoted to the art form. Tomlin added that he’s not “passing judgment” on how the officials do their jobs, but wants to get a better understanding of what the league is looking for when they throw flags.

Taunting and other unsportsmanlike conduct calls have been a point of emphasis early this season with some seeming far more innocuous than others. For example, Brown’s Week One penalty violated the league’s rule against “sexually suggestive” celebrations while Vikings running back Jerrick McKinnon went unpenalized Monday night despite grabbing his crotch after scoring a touchdown. Two unsportsmanlike conduct penalties can put players in position to get ejected for a second offense, although excessive celebration calls are not included under that 2016 rule change.

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51 Responses to “Tomlin wants clarity on what Antonio Brown can do when he scores”
  1. jjackwagon says: Oct 4, 2016 2:52 PM

    The No Fun League wants him to calmly hand the ball to the officials and walk to the sideline.
    Just one of many reasons that the NFL TV market share is dropping.

  2. fanotheleague says: Oct 4, 2016 2:55 PM

    As a father of 3 kids 6-10, I think it’s a disgrace that some broadcasters don’t cut away from these creepy, disrespectful acts that are beneath the dignity of the league, the players and especially the fans.

  3. peytonwantsaflag says: Oct 4, 2016 2:55 PM

    well, how bout we start with anything that looks like a simulated sex act should be a penalty? That seems like a good place to start.

  4. bleedingfacemask says: Oct 4, 2016 2:56 PM

    “We have to get some clarity in terms of what’s legal and what’s not”

    Two pelvic thrusts: legal. Three pelvic thrusts: not on broadcast television, bub.

  5. dallasfan76 says: Oct 4, 2016 2:56 PM

    I believe there is a “two pump” limit. Sunday night was clearly 2.5 hence the penalty.

  6. Paul Stagg says: Oct 4, 2016 2:57 PM

    How about hand the ball to the official and jog to the sideline like you’ve done it before?

  7. dempsey63 says: Oct 4, 2016 3:00 PM

    Somebody please pass the shepherds hook. These guys just don’t get it.

  8. atlantacynic says: Oct 4, 2016 3:01 PM

    How about hand the ball to the ref and go to the sideline?

  9. charliecharger says: Oct 4, 2016 3:01 PM

    The league doesn’t need to clarify anything to anybody. It’s a judgment call by the refs. But I’ve never seen a flag thrown for handing the ball to the official. Just try to concentrate for 60 minutes. After the game, go out dancing. Have fun.

  10. trailerparkking says: Oct 4, 2016 3:02 PM

    I have noticed more flags on defensive players for celebrating after a turnover, sack, tackle for loss, big hits, etc… I get why twerking is banned, but I don’t get why defensive players aren’t allowed to get excited after making a big play while offensive players can do pretty much anything. Especially when all of the rules are now slanted to favor the offense. The competition committee has bigger fish to fry in my opinion. Scale back PI and get rid of illegal contact for starters.

  11. Hawknballs says: Oct 4, 2016 3:02 PM

    maybe he should hand the ball to the ref and act like he’s been there before. Then his coach doesn’t have to be worrying about this when he should be preparing his team to play football.

  12. I_Just_Like_Typing_Comments_That_Wont_Get_Published says: Oct 4, 2016 3:03 PM

    How about toss the ball to the ref? I’m sure he could get away with that one…

  13. rolf1015 says: Oct 4, 2016 3:03 PM

    Good luck getting clarity on this from the league. I’m still waiting for clarity on what happens when the footballs fall below 12.5 psi in the cold weather games this year.

  14. getyourownname says: Oct 4, 2016 3:10 PM

    What he CAN do is hand the ball to the ref. But I guess that’s too simple and un-self-centered, and not what he WANTS to do (not that he’s the only one in the League).

  15. bringmemysoiledfool says: Oct 4, 2016 3:11 PM

    How about he acts like he’s been there before and hand the ball to the ref? To classy for a squeeker? Not Tomlins style?

  16. 345snarkavenue says: Oct 4, 2016 3:11 PM

    can’t everyone just spike the freakin ball and leave it at that?

  17. tavisteelersfan says: Oct 4, 2016 3:12 PM

    Between Dirty Dancing and Smoking Weed the NFL is determined to get the worst elements of society out of the game. It is good clean fun. For crying out loud. Take your Vicodin. Drink your beer, Sit on the sofa. And for heaven’s sake leave the decisions to your betters.

  18. humbleminded85 says: Oct 4, 2016 3:14 PM

    How bout be a man and don’t twerk? Even Steeler fans think he playing for the other team now.

  19. bluecat013 says: Oct 4, 2016 3:18 PM

    I’ll add my vote to just handing the ball to the ref and trotting off the field. I’ve never been interested in anybody’s after score antics. That’s not entertainment. If I want to see bad moves, I’ll watch Dancing With the Stars.

  20. bonitalocal says: Oct 4, 2016 3:21 PM

    He makes Cordell look like a bad-ass.

  21. thermalito says: Oct 4, 2016 3:22 PM

    yawn who cares. I quit watching the NFL after the disgusting anti-America protests. the NFL will never get another dime out of me.

  22. doe22us says: Oct 4, 2016 3:22 PM

    Toss the ball to the refs?? Ask Terrel Pryor how that worked out for him lol. It is still the NFL legislating emotion.

  23. msky22 says: Oct 4, 2016 3:27 PM

    All of you throw toss the balls to the ref guys don’t notice that his endorsements, and to some extent the NFLs as they advertise endzone and sack dances (even ones that draw penalties), are tied to exposure and attention drawn to himself. Someone is literally paying him to do this, and large amounts as well. I know if I was offered large sums to toe the line, I absolutely would.

  24. pittsburghavenue says: Oct 4, 2016 3:27 PM

    The powers that be want to fine players for hits/TD celebrations but at the same time they will use the videos and pictures from those “infractions” to promote the league. They want to have their cake and eat it too, and so long as Fooldell is there that’s the way it will be.

  25. schmitty2 says: Oct 4, 2016 3:29 PM

    I remember when Billy ” white shoes” Johnson and the Redskins leaping high 5 was the celebration of all celebrations. Damn I’m old!

  26. davemishsr says: Oct 4, 2016 3:31 PM

    How about acting like you’ve been in the endzone before? Remember how Ladian Tomlinson used to nonchalantly toss the ball to the official after scoring? That would pretty much guarantee not to draw a flag.

  27. rhamrhoddy says: Oct 4, 2016 3:32 PM

    I wonder if BB is spending time wondering which TD dances are legal and which ones aren’t. I understand you got the Jets coming in but it’s a short week for you guys there, Tippy Toes.

  28. jamaltimore says: Oct 4, 2016 3:34 PM

    How about start acting like a professional and not a circus clown or pole dancer…

  29. cheapseater says: Oct 4, 2016 3:36 PM

    What is with all of the old guys on here telling him to hand it to the refs? TD celebration has become part of the game and adds some individuality.

    Who didn’t love Ernest Givens’s Electric Slide or the Dirty Bird? Trash talk and TD/sack celebrations should be an integral part of the game.

  30. ballboy8712 says: Oct 4, 2016 3:43 PM

    Brown need to act like he has been there before !!! Tomlin needs to stop crying about stupid stuff and get his players to be disciplined and hand the ball to officials after TD
    Steelers want to be considered a class team but they act like amateurs

  31. agent7x6 says: Oct 4, 2016 3:47 PM

    Paul Stagg says:
    Oct 4, 2016 2:57 PM
    How about hand the ball to the official and jog to the sideline like you’ve done it before?
    ———————————————————————
    I’ll be glad when this hackneyed phrase is outlawed. The dance is done to entertain the fans. In case you haven’t noticed, the stadiums are pumped full of music, dancing cheerleaders and cannon blasts starting an hour before kickoff. Players dancing in the end zone is an extension of this sensory overload.

  32. dirtyback says: Oct 4, 2016 3:54 PM

    Keep doing your thing AB! Haters will hate! There are reasons why the NFL ratings are plummeting and this one of many. Let the superstars do their thing when they score as long as it does not cause detriment to anyone else.

  33. muckey says: Oct 4, 2016 3:57 PM

    What is with all of the young guys on here saying TD celebrations should become part of the game? What kind of grown man gets entertainment from watching another grown man dance around after scoring a TD? Whatever floats your boat I guess.

  34. crewchief15 says: Oct 4, 2016 4:03 PM

    agent7x6 says:
    Oct 4, 2016 3:47 PM

    Paul Stagg says:
    Oct 4, 2016 2:57 PM
    How about hand the ball to the official and jog to the sideline like you’ve done it before?
    ———————————————————————
    I’ll be glad when this hackneyed phrase is outlawed. The dance is done to entertain the fans. In case you haven’t noticed, the stadiums are pumped full of music, dancing cheerleaders and cannon blasts starting an hour before kickoff. Players dancing in the end zone is an extension of this sensory overload.
    ————————
    Yes and the people with the MONEY are starting to grow tired of the bojangle dance crap. It’s really sad when a HEAD coach has to be concerned with what stupid dance his WR is doing…

  35. weepingjebus says: Oct 4, 2016 4:06 PM

    The Jets also don’t know what the touchdown celebration rules are, but for very different reasons.

  36. bassplucker says: Oct 4, 2016 4:06 PM

    But yet last night on MNF a Giants player scored, stuck out one hand and grabbed his crotch with the other and, no flag. As with all things NFL, no consistency at all.

  37. crewchief15 says: Oct 4, 2016 4:07 PM

    dirtyback says:
    Oct 4, 2016 3:54 PM

    Keep doing your thing AB! Haters will hate! There are reasons why the NFL ratings are plummeting and this one of many. Let the superstars do their thing when they score as long as it does not cause detriment to anyone else.
    —————
    OR maybe the ratings are plummeting because every play is celebrated as if they just won the SB, do you really believe people are not watching because some @rs is not allowed to twerk or thrust his @rs in the air??? REALLY??

  38. GeauxSaints57 says: Oct 4, 2016 4:25 PM

    I don’t mind the celebrations. Some can be pretty entertaining. What I don’t like (and imagine some coaches feel the same way) is when a player goes dancing after scoring during garbage time when his team has clearly lost the game.

  39. haminator says: Oct 4, 2016 4:26 PM

    Keep doing your thing AB! Haters will hate! There are reasons why the NFL ratings are plummeting and this one of many. Let the superstars do their thing when they score as long as it does not cause detriment to anyone else.
    —————
    OR maybe the ratings are plummeting because every play is celebrated as if they just won the SB, do you really believe people are not watching because some @rs is not allowed to twerk or thrust his @rs in the air??? REALLY??

    ——————————-
    Ratings are plummeting because the NFL is not football anymore. It’s a condescending, stupid flag throwing organization that has become incredibly boring. A little dancing TD celebration only lightens it up and really is the only thing worth tuning in for because it’s usually the most action we see, sadly.

  40. hang3xc says: Oct 4, 2016 4:31 PM

    I really liked Gronk doing his London Guard march in the endzone. That was an instant classic.. and good clean fun

  41. margoadams says: Oct 4, 2016 4:33 PM

    Another dirtbag with zero class or education.

  42. mmack66 says: Oct 4, 2016 4:33 PM

    Just who does he think he is going to get clarity from? Blandino?

  43. preludetosmack says: Oct 4, 2016 4:33 PM

    “You’ve got to acknowledge some guys are followed more closely than others. ”

    Pittsburgh coach can’t actually be complaining about not getting the benefit from official bias can they? Surely he’s just punking us.

  44. todoubled says: Oct 4, 2016 4:38 PM

    How about tacking on the 15 yards to the 40 of the team that receives the kickoff or wherever they return the ensuing kickoff to, or penalizing the team that scores the TD with -15 yards on the extra point or 2 point conversion? We all know that tacking on 15 yards to a kickoff does little to keep pelvic thrusts from taking place.

  45. ragnarthemagnificent says: Oct 4, 2016 5:09 PM

    The most important part of Jerrick McKinnon’s celebration was when he made the “time to go to sleep, this games over” sign.

    The crotch grab was really more of a sack tap anyway. Sack tapping is A-Okay!

  46. jimmyjohns01 says: Oct 4, 2016 5:12 PM

    Those are you who wants players to hand the ball to a ref must be a really boring person. You probably watch the game like golf fans – really quiet and light clapping only.

  47. dirtyback says: Oct 4, 2016 5:15 PM

    crewchief15 says:
    Oct 4, 2016 4:07 PM
    dirtyback says:
    Oct 4, 2016 3:54 PM

    Keep doing your thing AB! Haters will hate! There are reasons why the NFL ratings are plummeting and this one of many. Let the superstars do their thing when they score as long as it does not cause detriment to anyone else.
    —————
    OR maybe the ratings are plummeting because every play is celebrated as if they just won the SB, do you really believe people are not watching because some @rs is not allowed to twerk or thrust his @rs in the air??? REALLY??
    _____________________________________
    Clearly you didn’t read my post in it’s entirety. “There are reasons why the NFL ratings are plummeting and this is one of many.” I was not saying it was the only reason but it certainly is one of them. Football simply isn’t “fun” to watch anymore due to all the penalties and whistles. Letting thee players cele after a they make a good play will certainly add an element of “fun” to the game as it previously did before most celebrations were outlawed. The player’s should be able to have some fun after they make a good play as long as it isn’t detrimental to anyone else, as I mentioned. I think most people are concerned with the one doing it rather then the actual action.

  48. coolzog says: Oct 4, 2016 5:41 PM

    Welcome to the NFL, where men can’t grab their own crotches after touchdowns…but where QBs can touch other men’s crotches on every play.

  49. PFT loves the Steelers says: Oct 4, 2016 6:58 PM

    Chad Johnson was constantly ripped for fun ceoebrations like proposing to cheerleaders or doing the riverdance. What Antonio is doing with kids watching is shameful in comparison.

  50. paulieorkid says: Oct 4, 2016 9:42 PM

    Well, it’s clear that my position is that of a small minority.

    It appears that most people would prefer for the teams on their favorite team to make a big game-changing play that results in a touchdown – should meekly hand the ball to an official and humbly make his way to the sideline.

    I say to hell with that. No one is being hurt or harmed by these celebrations. If you have kids who have more respect for athletes they’ve never met and only seen on TV — more than their own parents, than you’re not parenting right. In reality, kids aren’t going to get a sanitized version of life.

    And if player celebrations beyond a hand the ball to the ref and get the hell off the field – are still too upsetting -> go watch a 72 holes of golf; go take up croquet; take your kids to a macrame class.

    Football is a game of emotion, with immense spikes upward and downward. It is not for those with delicate sensibilities. Stop trying to lobotomize the players and by extension the fans.

  51. littleseizures says: Oct 7, 2016 6:43 AM

    I’m a fan of Brown but pelvic thrusting is not appropriate for a td celebration. We need to stop acting like it’s ok that anything goes in American culture. Have fun but be respectful.

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