Odell on no fine for Ezekiel Elliott: Imagine if I did that

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The NFL announced on Monday that Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott won’t be fined for excessive celebration after he was penalized for it on Sunday night for leaping into a Salvation Army kettle to celebrate a touchdown.

One of Elliott’s fellow NFC East players noted that decision with some surprise. One of the five fines that Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham has been hit with this season was for excessive celebration and went on Twitter to share his belief that the league wouldn’t have reacted the same way had he done the same thing as Elliott.

Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell replied to Beckham to say he felt the same way and pointed out that he and wide receiver Antonio Brown were finedfor a handshake” that was determined to be excessive after a touchdown.

In another tweet, Beckham said Elliott is his “homie” and that he’s talking about league “standards.” Setting those standards and sticking with them is something the league has had a hard time with on the celebration front — see dueling responses to snow angels — and with other off-field issues that have led many to believe that standards are bent to fit the league’s whims on a case-by-case basis.

96 responses to “Odell on no fine for Ezekiel Elliott: Imagine if I did that

  1. Just let the celebrations slide unless they are offensive in nature. (Pretending to #2 the football etc.)

    Penalties should be for delay of game, which in itself is a reach since they go to commercials after the TDs.

  2. Odell should be fined for being an incessant whiner. If you’re child whined like he does, you’d give them a time out or send them to their room for a while.

  3. The NFL: the league that makes up the rules week by week, if not game by game. A bit of consistency might do the league good. My favorite is the “snow angel” debate. The NFL in 2016/almost 2017, wow!!!

  4. He is right. And the No Fun League needs to ease up. I mean fair enough it got too crazy with T.O and Chad Era using props on a week by week and planned basis.

  5. Not shocked. On one hand, OBJ has a history of this. On another, Zeke and the boys are a money making asset for the NFL. Why agitate anyone in the fan base? Smh, I h8 u Goodell

  6. Odell is right. Complete inconsistency. Imagine if the Patriots used a Walkie Talkie…just imagine…BB would be suspended for a year or more, first round pick gone, multi-million $ fines.
    Just more Goodell goofs. This guy is a simpleton, he must go.

  7. Is there ever a case when Pass the Bong Bell and Antonio the Dancing Clown Brown don’t whine about something? Unbelieveable!

  8. On one hand, OBJ may be right. However, part of what makes him right is, to date, Elliott doesn’t spend the game and the post-game acting out like a spoiled, petulant child with zero behavioral control.

  9. Odell “Phantom Catch” Beckham Jr. complaining, Ha Ha!!! It is a history thing, show you can act like a mature adult for a period of time and they will stop fining you!!! Grow Up!!!

    If Elliot does it again, you can bet there will be a fine and they will continue to escalate!!!

    Act like you have been there before!!!

    Bring back Barry Sanders to train these guys on how to handle a touchdown celebration!!!

  10. Despite his antics, this is a fair statement. The NFL can’t even get the simplest classroom teaching concept down – be consistent.

    I love football, but, with all of these officiating controversies, the NFL has a shelf life.

  11. The need for constant individual attention, regardless of the subject matter, and the “all-about-me” attitude versus team accomplishments is ruining the game.

    Twitter is the chosen communication device of cowards.

  12. Not a Giants or Cowboys fan but he is right!
    I am all for letting these guys celebrate, juice up and do whatever drugs they want. They are entertainment and modern day gladiators and what they do to themselves is their personal accountability.

  13. The day they started fining Ochocinco for his stunts I knew they would do what they always do under Goodell. Go to the extreme.

    In another slap in the face, the Lambeau Leap for some reason is completely legal. I thought the knock on celebrations was that it disrupted the flow of the game. Yet pretending the ball is a baby is bad, but jumping into the bleachers is perfectly fine?

    K.

  14. He would probably kick the bucket while screaming and it would fall on top of him. Elliot hiding in the bucket just made me laugh. Hate the Boys more than the GMen but Odell is a tool, Zekes “eating” is annoying too but at least he doesn’t cry every play.

  15. All Odell Beckham Jr. dislike aside, we all know what he’s saying is accurate. He used a ‘prop’ and wasn’t penalized nor fined – the argument is a lack of consistency.

  16. Is he going to feel that was when his coach is not suspended 4 games for violating the communication rules withe the walkie talkies like the precedence says he should?

  17. At the end of the day the NFL and their players are paid to entertain. For some reason the front office has gotten into the business of judging the morality of player celebrations, which makes consistency impossible. Why have a rulebook if you’re just going to apply it depending on your own moral code?

  18. Yes, imagine the fine if a Giant did what a Cowboy did…

    Okay, are we done laughing now?

    No? How about now?

    Maybe if Odell listens to that walkie-talkie, it’ll tell him what the answer to that question is.

  19. Funny how he didn’t mention Elliot’s pledge to match any fine with a donation to the Salvation Army. Me me me meeee ain’t just a vocal warm up, it’s a lifestyle.

  20. Giants: Whiniest team of the year, 2016.

    And I suppose Beckham never considered exactly *why* he’d be on the league’s bad side and thus more likely to get fined for anything…

  21. O’Della is just upset that the attention was diverted away from her end zone celebration and not the standards that are being called into question by Bell (who actually was flagged along with Zeke but not O’Della, she was not flagged).

  22. Ok lets start with the fact that the players that are commenting are from the two teams that hate the Cowboys the most. (that’s a cue for fans of the other 29 teams to chime in).
    Then lets look at what the celebrations are that we are talking about. If the NFL were to fine Zeke the public backlash would be overwhelming and the NFL is too concerned with public image to do that to themselves.
    If he had jumped into some generic kettle with no affiliation to anything I guarantee he would have been fined.
    On a completely different topic I think that all NFL players should be banned from having or posting to twitter accounts. we don’t care what your opinions are.

  23. I have to agree with him. That was a major inconsistency Either they’re cracking down on celebrations or we’re not. It only did Elliot use a prop, but a teammate joined in.

  24. I’m not a big fan of diva Beckham, but in this case, he is 100% correct. 345 Park selectively enforces rules. It’s the reason ratings are floundering.

  25. It was because it helped a charity. The NFL would look bad from a PR standpoint if they fined him for it.

  26. Ezekiel Elliott and Dak Prescott are the NFL’s special golden children. Dak Prescott could beat a woman with a bat while high on cocaine and he’d miss one quarter of football.

  27. without a doubt OBJ would have been fined because the NFL picks and chooses how to administer punishment, penalties, etc. (Cam helmet to helmets, deflategate, etc). with that said, be less of a clown OBJ.

  28. I have to say, I’ve been very impressed with his dance routine this year. The hours and hours in front of a mirror during the offseason has paid off. Let that be a lesson to you young ones. Practice, Practice, Practice. Yes, even you Mr. Iverson.

  29. OBJ haters out in force. What’s the matter? He burned your teams as% one too many times? I bet y’all would be silent if he were on your team.
    Hypocrites!

  30. He’s a whiner but that edit about a broken clock applies. He would have been fined, period. Ezequiel wasn’t because of the goodwill that grew behind his action but it’s also consistent with what is a penalty fluent organization. What’s good for him is not good for ye.

  31. chalkruz1989 says:
    Dec 20, 2016 8:13 AM
    All Odell Beckham Jr. dislike aside, we all know what he’s saying is accurate. He used a ‘prop’ and wasn’t penalized nor fined – the argument is a lack of consistency.
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    He did get a 15 yard penalty, which was enforced on the kickoff. The only reason he didn’t get fined is because it was a salvation army bucket, and it’s Christmas time.

  32. Wow. All the people who spent last year insisting rules need to be enforced equally, regardless of who the player is, have now decided that it doesn’t really matter.

  33. Odell, go talk to your buddy the kicking net. He may listen to your whining.

    Whiners get what they deserve. Zeke isn’t a whiner, and the NFL isn’t going to tarnish their image any further. Zeke was flagged in the game, and the NFL obvi.ously thought the flag was enough.

    Zeke would have matched any fine anyway, but he decided to pay what would have been the fine anyway. You could learn some things from this rookie.

    Just bein honest…….

  34. Here comes bleach blonde OBJ.

    Yeah, imagine if you did that. Imagine anybody with your history. Now tell me who gets flagged three times for UC for taking cheap shots in one game and is allowed to finish it?

  35. While we’re talking about equal enforcement, since the Redskins and Cowboys were fined money and draft picks for breaking rules that didn’t even exist, can we do something about the Giants cheating by using walkie talkies since there’s an actual rule against it?

  36. It’s funny how the commercials off which the NFL makes money are often more offensive and are responsible for game delays more than the TD celebrations for which they penalize and fine players.

  37. Imagine if it were Odell…..

    I imagine Odell hitting the Salvation army pot with his helmet, causing the pot to roll on top of him.

  38. Zeke is a Cowboy, he will always be loved by the Leauge. Back in the day, the team had it’s White House on Cowboy grounds. Iriving was the Mayor. Coke, booze, prostitutes, everything went. Nobody cared. How bout dem Cowboys!

  39. Bengalboy says:
    Dec 20, 2016 7:08 AM
    He is right. And the No Fun League needs to ease up. I mean fair enough it got too crazy with T.O and Chad Era using props on a week by week and planned basis.
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    That’s EXACTLY why the league has cracked down so hard on players, because they take it too far. I personally don’t care if they celebrate, but am realistic to know that if you give them an inch, they’ll take a mile. Where does it stop. Also the league does hear from the old conservative fans who complain that players don’t hand the ball off to the ref like Barry Sanders used to. I read a lot of those comments on PFT too.

  40. Mind your own business…that’s the problem with you new breed dudes…if you handle your conduct and your business then these things will take care of themselves. You don’t have to fall in line and act like an adult, no, u can be a contrarian but understand that you have a brand with the officials now and you’ve earned that brand.

  41. Actually Paul Tagliabue gave Michael Irvin a 5 game suspension instead of the usual 4 games and Tags came right out and said that Irvin was a high profile player (in other words, a Cowboys player).

  42. I’ve never once seen Elliot throw a hissy fit on the sidelines, complain to the refs, or behave like a 13 year girl in any way shape or form. Odell you bring this on yourself. Grow up man!

  43. Odell is right. Complete inconsistency. Imagine if the Patriots used a Walkie Talkie…just imagine…BB would be suspended for a year or more, first round pick gone, multi-million $ fines.

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    Well… in your scenario it’d only be something like the 21st time (we know of) that the pats broke the rules.

  44. 315judman says:
    Dec 20, 2016 11:53 AM
    Odell is right. Complete inconsistency. Imagine if the Patriots used a Walkie Talkie…just imagine…BB would be suspended for a year or more, first round pick gone, multi-million $ fines.

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    Well… in your scenario it’d only be something like the 21st time (we know of) that the pats broke the rules.

    Please, regale us with your 21 tales of cheating.

    Can’t? Didn’t think so.

  45. kenmasters34 says:
    Dec 20, 2016 11:02 AM

    Imagine if it were Odell…..

    I imagine Odell hitting the Salvation army pot with his helmet, causing the pot to roll on top of him.

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    Or he might propose to it…

  46. paloduro00 says:
    Dec 20, 2016 7:33 AM

    On one hand, OBJ may be right. However, part of what makes him right is, to date, Elliott doesn’t spend the game and the post-game acting out like a spoiled, petulant child with zero behavioral control.
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    No, just slaps his girlfriend a couple of times and gets into accidents without a license. Much better than a petulant child.

  47. Cannot believe I’m writing to support this idiot but he’s right. One man’s charity is deemed OK to support anothers, fine him. Stupid.

    It was planned and against the rules. 2 pelvic thrusts, OK, 3 pelvic thrusts, illegal. What a joke this league has become.

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