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Antonio Brown: Excessive celebration fine shouldn’t be more than head shot

PITTSBURGH, PA - OCTOBER 02: Antonio Brown #84 of the Pittsburgh Steelers celebrates after a 4 yard touchdown reception with DeAngelo Williams #34 in the first quarter during the game against the Kansas City Chiefs at Heinz Field on October 2, 2016 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Joe Sargent/Getty Images) Getty Images

Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown tried to follow the two-pump rule against the Chiefs last Sunday night, but the NFL still took issue with his post-touchdown dance moves.

Brown was flagged for excessive celebration during the game and fined $24,309 by the league this week for his second offense of the season. Brown said that the second fine wouldn’t deter him from showing off his dance moves  — “The plan is to continue to win and continue to have fun” — but he did take issue with the league’s decision to penalize those moves more harshly than blows to the head.

“We need more clarification in regards to what we can and can’t do,” Brown said, via the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. “I don’t think excessive celebrating should cost more than guys hitting other guys in the helmet. Twenty-four thousand for a guy scoring a touchdown and having fun [is more] than hitting a guy in the head and targeting with the helmet. There should be some differentiation and clarification in what we can do.”

Steelers coach Mike Tomlin also asked for further clarification on the rules from the league this week and NFL senior vice president of officiating Dean Blandino said the league will be providing a video to teams to do that. Of course, as suggested to Brown on Friday by a reporter, he could also just flip the ball to an official after a touchdown. Brown said he’s going to do what he wants, though, and the play of the Jets secondary so far this year should give him a chance to get fined a third time after Sunday’s game.

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45 Responses to “Antonio Brown: Excessive celebration fine shouldn’t be more than head shot”
  1. johnodocks says: Oct 7, 2016 2:50 PM

    Not only is it costing him but his “dances” are penalizing his team. AB has to ask himself, “Are his celebrations really more important to him than his team’s success?”

  2. waters20 says: Oct 7, 2016 2:53 PM

    He is right- dance should be cheaper than kill shot

  3. dohczeppelin says: Oct 7, 2016 2:57 PM

    The man has a point.

  4. intentionallywidenberg says: Oct 7, 2016 2:57 PM

    The touchdown dances are silly, but the league is ridiculous about punishing celebrations this harshly. $24k is too much compared to other fines. The Norman bow & arrow celly was ‘taunting’? Spare me.

    Focus on safety & fairness penalties – too many flags on the rest is just pointless noise ruining the fun of watching the game.

  5. ajigel says: Oct 7, 2016 2:58 PM

    “Excessive celebration fine shouldn’t be more than head shot”

    I absolutely agree with him

    That said, he might want to keep in mind that while this reform would help him out, it would definitely lighten the wallets of his teammates.

  6. riderspantherssk says: Oct 7, 2016 2:59 PM

    Obviously.

  7. pastabelly says: Oct 7, 2016 3:04 PM

    Well, Brown is right and the owners and Goodell don’t care about the health of their players as much as the image of the shield.

  8. internetcommenter7 says: Oct 7, 2016 3:04 PM

    Excessive celebration fines shouldn’t exist. Neither should excessive celebration penalties. Neither should taunting penalties. Neither should 90 per cent of unsportsmanlike conduct penalties. The NFL isn’t anyone’s mother.

  9. steelcurtainn says: Oct 7, 2016 3:06 PM

    Td A.B again! It’s 2016 and the league still can’t get things right. God-ell needs to go.

  10. therealzeitgeist says: Oct 7, 2016 3:06 PM

    “Excessive celebration fine shouldn’t be more than head shot”

    -Antonio Brown on fairness

    “Why only coach get fined for tripping players on return plays?”

    -Antonio Brown’s coach on fairness

  11. riraider says: Oct 7, 2016 3:06 PM

    The people running the NFL offices are over their heads. Another example of the “Peter principal”!

  12. bringmemysoiledfool says: Oct 7, 2016 3:08 PM

    That’s funny because I thought “It ain’t nothin to a bauss” hilarious that 2 fines later he has changed his tune.

  13. kane337 says: Oct 7, 2016 3:09 PM

    A first time offender should only get a small fine. I’m ok with multiple time offenders getting heavily fine.

  14. jfkellner says: Oct 7, 2016 3:12 PM

    It is his second fine for this, hence the hence the higher fine.
    Repeated head shots will draw a suspension, repeated celebration penalties will not. Repeat offenders see fine escalation to further discourage the offending action.

    While I agree to some extent about the comparison,
    Not every fined head shot is intentional – excessive celebration is hard not to be considered intentional.

  15. mmack66 says: Oct 7, 2016 3:12 PM

    Don’t the fines go up for repeats of the same offense? He’s probably looking at $43,278.93 for the next one.

  16. peytonwantsaflag says: Oct 7, 2016 3:14 PM

    ahem – I believe the headshot on him last year cost Vontaze 3 games and several hundred thousand dollars – shut up and play.

  17. mmack66 says: Oct 7, 2016 3:15 PM

    kane337 says:
    Oct 7, 2016 3:09 PM

    A first time offender should only get a small fine. I’m ok with multiple time offenders getting heavily fine.
    ————————-

    Brown is a recidivist, and a boss. Fines ain’t nuffin to him.

  18. harrisonhits2 says: Oct 7, 2016 3:15 PM

    The league has proven over and over again they care absolutely zero about player safety unless the could be sued over a given issue.

    They have also proven over and over again they care more about image than player safety. This is just another fine example in fining a player more for celebrating than head shots.

    Goodell and his cronies are vile and must go.

  19. shaggytoodle says: Oct 7, 2016 3:17 PM

    intentionallywidenberg says:
    Oct 7, 2016 2:57 PM
    The touchdown dances are silly, but the league is ridiculous about punishing celebrations this harshly. $24k is too much compared to other fines. The Norman bow & arrow celly was ‘taunting’? Spare me.
    ____________________

    The bow and arrow was one of most foolish penalties I have seen, especially for those who watched college on Saturday, and saw it in numerous games.

    Nick Barnett would “wield a Katana” occasionally, Diggs does the shovel celebration, and never got penalized. Why are they starting now?

  20. firecracker87 says: Oct 7, 2016 3:21 PM

    But golden boy Cam Newton can dance on the sidelines with impunity.

  21. poguemahonepft says: Oct 7, 2016 3:22 PM

    That’s because in THIS nfl/society, it is more egregious to hurt somebody’s FEELINGS than to SOMEBODY…I hate the new nfl – and I think I am not alone there…

  22. BringBackTheFlex says: Oct 7, 2016 3:27 PM

    Here’s an idea: stop dancing like you’re a 14 year old school girl! It’s a man’s game – start acting like one.

  23. leroyquimby says: Oct 7, 2016 3:27 PM

    The fact that the dances are more than a head shot lets you know what they really don’t want in the NFL

  24. inozwetrust says: Oct 7, 2016 3:30 PM

    Diva

  25. smartestmanonthecinder says: Oct 7, 2016 3:32 PM

    Dislike Steelers. Dislike dancing for big plays outside of last-second-game-winners. Think AB is a bit overrated.

    All that said, seldom has a player so efficiently, eloquently, and undeniably pointed out the miserable hypocrisy of the NFL’s discipline policies and enforcement.

    I tip my hat to your next pelvic thrust, Mr. Brown.

  26. mmack66 says: Oct 7, 2016 3:33 PM

    Remember when Dick Butkus got fined all of the time for putting nonsense on his shoes, and excessive celebration?

    Oh yeah, they just played football back then.

  27. rogoceo says: Oct 7, 2016 3:39 PM

    And the NFL wonders why viewership is declining. Their perception of reality and relative justice would be 1 factor. People are tired of this act.

  28. gp265 says: Oct 7, 2016 3:39 PM

    I have young kids who love watching football. They don’t need to see this idiot doing these pelvic thrusts. Show some class Antonio.

  29. Angry Orange Man says: Oct 7, 2016 3:42 PM

    A truer statement, there has never been.

  30. BringBackTheFlex says: Oct 7, 2016 3:42 PM

    I’m surprised so many people can’t understand – the excessive celebration is a PLANNED action. A shot to the head often happens in a split second decision and 99% of the time is not planned.

  31. Nofoolnodrool says: Oct 7, 2016 3:43 PM

    peytonwantsaflag says:
    Oct 7, 2016 3:14 PM
    ahem – I believe the headshot on him last year cost Vontaze 3 games and several hundred thousand dollars – shut up and play.

    3 5
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    I think AB was talking about occasional head shot fine not the,personal foul waiting to happen type like the animal…..Burfict. Burfict should not even be in the league anymore.

  32. MichaelEdits says: Oct 7, 2016 3:44 PM

    Cam Newton would agree if he could understand the question. Keep Pounding.

  33. elyasm says: Oct 7, 2016 3:48 PM

    Act like you’ve been there before.

  34. whosennext says: Oct 7, 2016 3:53 PM

    Talent must equal “Stupidity”. It’s too bad they don’t act like they have been there before and show class, like Larry Fitzgerald does each and every time he has a touchdown.

  35. whosennext says: Oct 7, 2016 3:54 PM

    Way to stay classy AB. You are above the rules. Way to be classy.

  36. Mike Tomlin says: Oct 7, 2016 3:59 PM

    TV ratings aren’t down because backup QBs aren’t standing for the national anthem, they’re down because of the exact point AB is making.

    Besides, doesn’t the NFL understand that the fans enjoy TD celebrations? Oh yeah I forgot, its not about us…

  37. tmooresr says: Oct 7, 2016 3:59 PM

    Referees attend every NFL training camp to review new rules with the players, etc…why can’t the players carve a few minutes out to run their new celebrations by the ref’s to see if they’re legal or not? Players put in a ton of work to get in an NFL end zone so they deserve to celebrate a bit, so why not use the refs camp feedback to avoid penalties and fines. Just sayin’…

  38. liftheavyorliftheavy says: Oct 7, 2016 4:01 PM

    firecracker87 says:
    Oct 7, 2016 3:21 PM

    But golden boy Cam Newton can dance on the sidelines with impunity.

    ——————–

    Didn’t you kinda answer your own question/statement when you said, “…on the sidelines.”?

  39. peytonwantsaflag says: Oct 7, 2016 4:03 PM

    Nofoolnodrool says:
    Oct 7, 2016 3:43 PM
    peytonwantsaflag says:
    Oct 7, 2016 3:14 PM
    ahem – I believe the headshot on him last year cost Vontaze 3 games and several hundred thousand dollars – shut up and play.

    3 5
    Report comment

    I think AB was talking about occasional head shot fine not the,personal foul waiting to happen type like the animal…..Burfict. Burfict should not even be in the league anymore.

    ————————————

    personally, I tune in to watch the head shots, not a twinkle toe pansy thrusting his pelvis.

  40. Nofoolnodrool says: Oct 7, 2016 4:23 PM

    I have been watching the NFL for 58 years and have watched it go from cheering the act that got the score to cheering the act after the score. It has gone way to far into the look at me realm instead of cheering for what 11 men accomplished together. But the times have changed where substance is less important than flair where the most recent is the best ever and rules don’t need to be followed.

  41. corvuscrassirostris says: Oct 7, 2016 4:38 PM

    Nofool thinks Burfict should be banned from the league, but supported Harrison when he was head hunting and getting multiple personal fouls each week. How much money did he pay to Goodell? Wasn’t he suspended for being a “animal”? Your opinion much like mine and everyone’s else on this site does not matter. Take off the yellow and black shades and maybe you’ll realize the hypocrite you are. As for Burfict, I understand your fear for steeler players health when they play later in the season. Grab a snickers and your big boy pants fool, you’re gonna need them.

  42. dimi1919 says: Oct 7, 2016 4:48 PM

    And then these morons wonder why they’re broke 3 years after retiring. I don’t care how much money I have. I’d never throw away 25 grand to act like an idiot for 3 seconds

  43. macjacmccoy says: Oct 7, 2016 4:56 PM

    God don’t hump on tv. Is that so hard? These so called men are really a bunch of children.

  44. corky2141 says: Oct 7, 2016 5:01 PM

    Here’s an idea, tell the tv production crew to cut from these guys dancing and acting like idiots after TDs. Then they won’t be getting publicity/ celebrity status from it & the league won’t have to fine them a$$-inine amounts for having FUN playing a game & the lack of exposure for these celebrations will lead to less of it, which the league wants.
    Also, the NFL & all of it’s partners need to stop teaming up with these guys to promoter their products if this isn’t want they want promoting the game.

  45. lotoffcenter says: Oct 7, 2016 5:27 PM

    I bet his teammates Mitchell and Shazier will not like that he said that since they play dirty and take head shots all the time!

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