NFL fines Antoine Winfield for taunting Tyreek Hill

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Buccaneers defensive back Antoine Winfield Jr. taunted Chiefs receiver Tyreek Hill by sticking two fingers in his face late in Super Bowl LV, mocking the peace sign that Hill often gives to players (including Winfield during the regular season) who can’t catch him. That gesture will cost Winfield some money.

The NFL fined Winfield $7,815, according to Tom Pelissero of NFL Network.

Winfield likely won’t mind, as Winfield indicated after the game that getting in Hill’s face as revenge for their regular season meeting was one of his goals for the Super Bowl.

“The taunting, man, it’s something I just had to do,” Winfield said. “When we played them earlier, Hill went off on us. He back-flipped in front of my face and gave me the peace sign. So it was only right that I gave him the peace sign right back to him. It felt amazing to do that. I’m not even gonna lie.”

Sounds like to Winfield, that feeling is worth more than $7,815.

55 responses to “NFL fines Antoine Winfield for taunting Tyreek Hill

  1. How much longer is the NFLPA going to stand for the league taking money for players for non-violent minor offenses like this?
    The team was penalized during the game. I don’t think Hill was emotionally harmed by the incident.
    Doesn’t the league have more important things to worry about?…Like the length of someone’s socks?

  2. Looks like going forward Hill needs to be fined for his “taunting “ behavior. Then again the NFL has a history of looking the other way regarding Hills behavior.

  3. It was extremely gratifying to see Hill on the receiving end of his signature taunt. The NFL defines hypocrisy by fining Winfield and never fining Hill.

  4. His bonus for making it to the Superbowl will more than cover that fine, and the fact he got his revenge is worth every penny of it no matter how large that fine was. If you wanna dish it out you gotta be able to take it

  5. Initially was disappointed in Winfield when he did this, but after remembering all the taunts Hill and other WR’s routinely do to the DB’s around the league with no reprimands or flags, understood his mindset. There’s something to be said for sportsmanship, but also something to be said for payback.

  6. And Hill’s fines for doing it? Or his fine for backflipping into the endzone? No? BS fine for Winfield!

  7. If the NFL fined him then why didn’t they fine that DB for the Saints who does stuff like that on nearly every play?

  8. The NFL explanation of the fine and the penalty would have been nice.
    More specifically, it would be instructive for players and fans to know the most taunting Winfield could have done without incurring a penalty or incurring a fine.
    Hill can apparently taunt without a penalty or a fine, so the NFL could explain how other players can also taunt without getting a penalty or a fine.

  9. So Hill taunts Winfield during the regular season after making a play on him and receives no penalty nor fine. Winfield then taunts Hill during the Super Bowl after making a play on him using a hand gesture identical to the one used by Hill on him during the regular season but is not only penalized but fined as well. The double-speak explanation from the NFL would be fascinated to hear.

  10. You can flash a peace sign, you just can’t flash it right in the guy’s face like Winfield’s face. As for Brady and Mathieu, you can jaw all you want, but Mathieu stuck his finger in Brady’s face and that was why he got flagged.

  11. Money likely deemed well-spent. In Hill’s favor, at least he has kept his mouth shut on the much-deserved payback.

  12. Horrible fine. So tyreek can do it to antoine but antoine cannot do it to tyreek? The NFL is openly showing favoritism.

  13. “It was extremely gratifying to see Hill on the receiving end of his signature taunt. The NFL defines hypocrisy by fining Winfield and never fining Hill.”

    Can imagine the NFL rationalizes overlooking Hill’s and other WR/RB taunts and antics as simply being a part of the “entertainment” aspect of the game.

  14. I guess there is a difference between peacing a guy out as you leave him 10 15 yards behind you during a party as opposed to getting up in someone’s face well after the play is over. Who would have imagined.

  15. Payback is mean. Hill getting on the sideline phone during their regular season game and mocking calling for help and saying they can’t stop me, they need help, telling fans help is on the way was classless.

  16. Maybe it’s just me or I’m getting old but why do these clowns find it necessary to taunt each other? Nothing wrong with spiking the ball or high fiving/chest bumping after a touchdown but why do we need the hand gestures and choreographed celebrations in the end zone? Act like you have been there before and let your play do the talking.

  17. kaepurnicus says: “The NFL defines hypocrisy by fining Winfield and never fining Hill.”
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    What are you ranting about? Tyreek Hill has been fined MULTIPLE times for taunting, and the last two were $10k each (Oct 2019 vs Broncos, Nov 2018 vs Rams).

  18. Terrible fine but im sure he thinks its worth it. Where’s Tyreeks fine for the same thing? No Fun League.

  19. chefboyd says: “What are you ranting about? Tyreek Hill has been fined MULTIPLE times for taunting, and the last two were $10k each (Oct 2019 vs Broncos, Nov 2018 vs Rams).

    1 12”
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    This is too funny. Downvoted 12x even though a quick google search shows he’s right. I guess actually facts aren’t important anymore just as long as the mob gets its pound of flesh…

  20. Be an example for kids and show some maturity. I’m not sticking up for Hill but just because someone else lacks maturity doesn’t mean you need to. Let your game do the talking. At the end of day your paid millions to play a sport that’s for entertainment purposes.

  21. The NFL, full of hypocrisy, they didn’t fine Hill when he taunted Winfield, so they shouldn’t fine Winfield for his payback taunt.

  22. Tyreek Hill beats on pregnant women and innocent defenseless children so we are supposed to feel sorry because someone taunted him? Guy should be behind bars not on an NFL field.

  23. Chiefs deserves an L for what Britt Reid did to that little girl. Shouldn’t the org be penalized draft picks for their coaches behavior?

  24. What are you ranting about? Tyreek Hill has been fined MULTIPLE times for taunting, and the last two were $10k each (Oct 2019 vs Broncos, Nov 2018 vs Rams).

    Cool story bro. What about his fine for taunting Winfield. He’s a loser that would have no use on this planet if not for football.

  25. akira1971 says:
    February 13, 2021 at 5:03 pm
    chefboyd says: “What are you ranting about? Tyreek Hill has been fined MULTIPLE times for taunting, and the last two were $10k each (Oct 2019 vs Broncos, Nov 2018 vs Rams).

    1 12”
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    This is too funny. Downvoted 12x even though a quick google search shows he’s right. I guess actually facts aren’t important anymore just as long as the mob gets its pound of flesh…

    10 20 Rate This
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    It’s 2021, try to keep up man.

  26. “For 8 grand you get a ring and payback on a worldwide stage”

    Winfield: “sold”

  27. I wonder if they fined Tyrann Mathieu for cussing out the official for having the audacity to call defensive holding on the Chiefs, a team that has earned a reputation for “getting away with holding a lot.” (Quote from a certain color commentator for the television network that hosted the super bowl…)

  28. Come on now! It was a peace sign. Its not like he was acting like he was throwing some Adderall in his mouth and chasing it with a beer.

  29. Mahomes, the Chiefs, Andy, are a protected franchise due to ratings. This should surprise no one. It’s all about the money, folks.

  30. There’s no place in the NFL for that kind of stuff. That’s why they invented the XFL, right? That league that was going allow all the fun stuff. They were going to teach the NFL how to have fun. Hey wait. They folded already. But on another note, I wonder what Hill would have done to him if the shoe was on the other foot. But more than anything, I’d say I was a little disappointed in Winfield. I thought maybe he had a little more class. I mean, Brady puts a ring on your finger and you kind of smear it up just a wee bit. Not cool.

  31. This taunting thing sparked a beef I have long had and that’s defensive players making all kinds of demonstrations after a play. One example is a QB sack. Said defensive player is blocked on 99.9 percent of the plays and the one time he get’s through you’d think he’d won the lottery. I wonder what their mindset would be if after every play the o-line did they’re little act and danced or otherwise celebrated that for which they are paid to do…on every play. Same goes for DB’s and WR’s. Now in this instance Hill is well known for throwing up the fingers and getting a piece of his own medicine is fine by me. The fine on the DB is ridiculous when it is known to be allowed by Hill. That’s my point. Either taunting is taunting or it isn’t. I can imagine the grief an o-lineman would take if he constantly celebrated blocking say a star like Von Miller, T.J. Watt and other sack leaders. Yes, football is a game of passion, I get that. What I don’t get is how the act of one is ok while the same exact act by another isn’t. Just another example of the NFL’s inconsistency and constantly inviting debate and controversy simply because they can’t figure out exactly what is and what isn’t on any given play. While I’m ranting can we please do away with holding penalties? I say limit it to tackling or take downs. God nothing changes a game more than apparent phantom holding calls on both sides of the ball. We’re told there’s holding on every play. Well then call it on every play or not at all. What is more entertaining than the usual conference championships or the Super Bowl when refs swallow the whistles and keep the flags in their pockets? No one can deny that questionable calls took the luster off the last Super Bowl and that’s a shame. The fans were robbed of what may well have been a much closer game. Oh well, rant over. Nothing will change but I feel better.

  32. Just roll back the rules to the 80’s and 90’s for safety’s and contact to defenseless receivers. Then we will see how much taunting goes on….

  33. Wonder why ratings are down…and down by millions according to the Superbowl TV ratings. Fans are giving the No Fun League the “peace sign” more like Dueces.

  34. As a chiefs fan… this is absurd. As much as this loss stings that taunting was a humbling exposure to Hill and deserving. With home on the hot seat with all the off the field stuff he is in the middle of, I hate the on field show boating from taunting others.with back flips etc…With all trouble yet to prove guilty. on field humility would be much more appreciated.

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