Brown, Bell Fined For TD Celebration


Little bit of housekeeping for you all. Not only were Le’Veon Bell and Antonio Brown flagged for their choreographed celebration during Thursday night’s win over the Indianapolis Colts, they were hit with a fine from the NFL too.

Ed Bouchette tweeted out the news.


As Bouchette points out, neither would say how much the fine went for.

Per CBA rules, Brown was fined $24, 309 for his second offense against the Kansas City Chiefs. That’s double the first offense so if we stick with that as a guide, Brown may have been fined over $48,000 for his personalized handshake with Bell.

After that second fine, Brown said it was “Nothing to a boss.” We’ll see if that still rings true when the league ups the ante.

More importantly, for the team, the penalty moved the kickoff back 15 yards and aided by a strong Colts’ return, put them in Steelers’ territory to start their drive. That’s something that won’t make anyone happy, especially Danny Smith. Smith has expressed disgust over Brown’s actions before.

This is Bell’s first celebration fine all season, meaning he probably got stuck with the $12,100 bill per the rulebook.

As disagreeable and inconsistent as these rules may be, they are rules, so it’s no surprise to see them enforced when players decide to break them.

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  • The Chin

    That’s just flocking retarded

  • Rusted Out

    If Tomlin cared, I’m sure he could put a stop to this. As long as the rules dictate that this is a penalty, then it’s a selfish act. Either let this be part of the game, or eliminate it.

  • Ike Evans

    Part of the reason ratings are down….no fun league

  • Daniel

    Brown needs to mature about this and hey if hes going to dish out money like that might as well donate some to a charity.

  • NinjaMountie

    He wouldn’t need a raise so badly if he’d quit getting fined.

  • Daniel

    I know right..why was brown complaining for more money, so he could pay his fines..c’mon man

  • WreckIess

    The NFL takes itself waaaay too seriously. A lot of people want to see actual people with personalities. Not robots with canned emotions.

  • Kevin78

    NFL fine money goes to charitable organizations related to former players and their well-being.

  • blackandgoldBullion

    That’s it! Bloody league is a disgrace as they worry more about insignificant stuff than things that are truly important (What’s a catch?). Yet they are like Greenspan, making rules that are convoluted and talking gibberish. Why? So in the end the government or NFL brass and refs can justify anything they want. Power.

    The league is a disgrace.

    If they go to the sidelines and celebrate, there is no foul, correct? Great. They should think something up that involves a bunch of guys and do it on the sidelines where they are safe from penalties that may affect the game. Don’t worry, the cameras will still find you.

  • george

    I’m still not understanding the reason behind the penalty. I’m told it was because Brown and Bell “coordinated” their celebration. So what about all the other “coordinated” celebrations you see EVERY Sunday. Someone help me undetsand this please!!!!!!!

  • FATCAT716

    Yup th

  • Daniel

    Oh ok

  • StrengthOfVictory

    OK, we’ve all seen Brown go too far (running backward into the end zone, jumping into the goal posts), so we know what that looks like. This isn’t that. I mean, we’re talking about a league that manipulates the rules to FAVOR offenses scoring lots of points. Then when they get the desired result, a little showmanship in this—the entertainment industry—is frowned upon?

    Maybe I need to be in the concussion protocol, because my head hurts.

  • SkoolHouseRoxx

    Hahahahaha! So not surprised. NFL has reached a new low.

  • Rosco

    2 Chiefs receivers highfived before scoring at Td on a return. Its now the NFL FB page’s cover photo. Pretty hypocritical. Reminds me of rhe time they were selling photos of Harrisons hit on Massaqouia

  • Jacob

    Regardless of how one feels about the rule, it was selfish and detrimental to the team. I hope he was fined enough money to make him stop.

  • The Truth

    That’s great news. Maybe now they will put what is best for the team ahead of their personal, lame antics.

  • The Truth

    No, they are down because it’s no longer football. Thank Goodell. Moronic celebrations have nothing to do with ratings. Brown’s idiotic celebration cost the Steelers a TD by putting the Colts in great field position.

  • The Truth

    Or does it? Also, if it does it go then it should be in the name of the players being fined, not to the NFL for a tax right-off

  • Fr33th1nk3r

    You can have personality without acting like classless d-bag in front of millions of TV viewers, which also includes children.

  • Ike Evans

    Ever look at the most popular shows? Movies? Music? Celebrities? Products? This country loves moronic…..but yea…its because the league is more soft too

  • The Truth

    I(and most) actually want to see football, not dancing. People who want dancing should watch Dancing with the Stars.

    Barry Sanders was a robot? Heath Miller was a robot?

    The reason they are doing this is because it will get out of hand.

  • Fr33th1nk3r

    Ratings are down because…….players aren’t being allowed to act like thugs on national TV?

    That’s a bit of a stretch….

  • Fr33th1nk3r

    Those get penalized as well.

  • Ike Evans

    I said a part….Dancing makes u a thug? Sounds like an even bigger stretch lol

  • Fr33th1nk3r

    “Twerking” and acting like a sex-starved ape in front of millions of TV viewers (including many children)– is “showmanship” to you?

  • Fr33th1nk3r

    “Nothing to a boss.”

    What a d-bag. Yet he is wanting more money from the Steelers. The prerequisite for being a “boss” involves being completely blind to one’s own actions and lack of class, apparently.

  • The Truth

    So do fans here watch football because it’s football or do they want too see dancing? They should make a second NFL for the people who want dancing. The DFL(Dancing Football League). They can do dance routines after every single play. Then the rest of us can watch the NFL without fruity celebrations.

  • Fr33th1nk3r

    CBS is reporting that Tomlin, the Rooney’s and Big Ben have expressed their disgust with Brown over this, and made it known to him that they are watching. We will see if it has any impact on his behavior– or if being a “gangsta” or “boss” is more important to him.

  • Fr33th1nk3r

    Watch the video of Brown’s “dancing”. Jerking your hips in a sexually suggestive way, knowing their are viewers of all ages watching– makes you a THUG.

  • The Truth

    There is no dancing in the movies I watch. : )

  • Fr33th1nk3r

    “Dancing”, even knowing that it hurts your team that is already 5-5 and looking for any wins it can get– is acting like a selfish THUG.

  • Fr33th1nk3r

    Need any more clarification?

  • Fr33th1nk3r

    Challenging the league’s authority, when you are CLEARLY in the wrong, by saying “means nothing to a boss”, and putting yourself at risk for further discipline– when your team is 5-5 and needs you– is acting like a THUG.

  • Fr33th1nk3r

    Sad but true.

  • Fr33th1nk3r

    But I do think the ratings have more to do with the lackluster teams the NFL has produced this year.

    The NFL has been cracking down on the thug endzone celebrations for several years now and enjoyed some of the highest TV ratings during that time.

  • justafanlikeyou

    I’m not sure how long you have been watching football (not meant as an insult) but this all started back with the “Fun Bunch” from the redskins. They would all circle around and jump up and high five together in the middle. If was all fine and dandy until a cowboy defensive player took umbrage to the celebration and tried to break it up causing a fight.
    Then you had Chad Johnson and Terrell Owens doing their theatrics. The NFL had to draw a line somewhere before it went to far.
    You pretty much have the solution in your response. Why not go to that sideline (and celebrate with your teammates) rather then draw attention to yourself in the endzone? To me one acknowledges the other people who played a part in your score and the other one puts all the focus on yourself.

  • Fr33th1nk3r

    Sorry– my posts came off needlessly harsh at you, Ike. Having a rough day.

  • Phil Brenneman II

    There are 2 sides of this.

    1. The NFL needs to lighten up and let players have some fun. I am not the showy type but at least Brown is backing it up with TD’s and hard work. If they want to keep sexually suggestive and offensive out of it, sure, do that. But I really miss TO (or was it Ochocinco?) pulling out a sharpee to give an autograph and things like that.

    2. AB needs to mature and think about what he is doing and how it is hurting the team. I am not going to jump all over AB because like I said, he is producing. But there are no 2 ways about this being completely selfish.

    As far as Bell goes, so long as he is healthy I am happy lol. I prefer a dancing penalty over a 4 game suspension.

  • Ike Evans

    Its cool….im not sure any of that makes him a thug lol…showboat…primadonna…arrogant i could see but i have to go into an awful lot of jails in my line of work…dont see too many sexual suggestive dances and there are alooooot of thugs in there…i do see them at football games when i look at cheerleaders tho

  • Ike Evans

    Good man

  • WreckIess

    Yeah because all the “thugs” are out here twerking lemme tell ya.

  • T R

    yeah that was pretty lame to say you a thug cause u dancing.. lame i say..

  • WreckIess

    So the 5 second dance after the play is really destroying your football experience? Then don’t watch it. Get up. Go to the bathroom. Get a drink. It’s not for you

    And can we please stop acting like Barry Sanders and Heath are the only type of successful players out there? I feel they choose not to celebrate then that’s good for them, but that doesn’t mean that’s the only way. The NFL employs a lot of different players with a lot of different personalities. You don’t need to be a Barry Sanders or a Heath to be great. Issac Bruce, TO and Deion Sanders did just fine without being like them.

  • WreckIess

    A handshake makes you a d bag now? That’s almost as ridiculous as your assertion that AB is a thug because he twerked.

    And yeah because the NFL really cares about the kids with all the Beer and blue pill commercials in between gameplay.

  • StrengthOfVictory

    “Sex-starved ape?” I can’t decide if you’re being deliberately or unintentionally racist.

  • VaDave

    True, not a bunch of thugs, but really, if they want to express themselves like that, take it to Dancing with the Stars, of America’s Got Talent. This is a team sport, and individual celebrations are not needed. What has dropped ratings is that the NFL did away with the mud, the authority of the officials, watered it down with too many games, too many teams, and too many impossible to enforce rules, AND 24/7 coverage. Add to that the incessant hyping be the network ninnie announcers that are there to remind you that a linebacker’s tackle 10 yard down field was the best play they’ve seen in 30 years,

  • will

    Ratings are down because of betting on fantasy football. Folks want to track their players for a possible pay day. So watching one particular game is irrelevant. IMO

  • Jaybird

    I grew up in northeast New Jersey. Your definition of a thug is way different than mine!
    Thugs rape , steal , beat and abuse. While I can’t stand AB twerking , it does not compare to what real thugs do. Call him selfish, an ass, but not a thug.

  • SkoolHouseRoxx

    Think it was T.O. with the sharpie. Ochocinco killed it with the riverdance, imo!

  • gdeuce

    that high five should’ve been taunting

  • gdeuce

    Sanders only did 2 pumps on his dance and he wasn’t flagged

  • Jaybird

    Lol. Holly Sh*t! Fr33 is gonna cause a race riot. I can’t stop laughing though!

  • steelburg

    Brown said it’s nothing to a boss in his quote above and someone brought up the term thug and gangster Where do people come up with this stuff lol. When people use those terms so freely like that they have no idea what one really is. He has never been in any kind of legal trouble but those 2 terms come to mind over a touchdown dance GTFOH.

  • Tim Goetz

    I have never watched a football game to see another man dance.

  • Ike Evans

    Thats you lol

  • steelburg

    I agree with you. Bown said it’s nothing to a boss in his quote above and someone brought up the term thug and gangster Where do people come up with this stuff lol. When people use those terms so freely like that they have no idea what one really is. He has never been in any kind of legal trouble but those 2 terms come to mind over a touchdown dance GTFOH. I guess Elvis Presley was a thug to right lol.

  • PaeperCup

    Lol…that’s gangsta right there.

  • PaeperCup

    haha. Gotta pay those bills.

  • Mister Wirez

    How about they go in and score then hand the ball to the referee. Like Joe Paterno used to say, act like you’ve been there before. If Tomlin had anything in his sack, he’d bench AB for a half. Hit him in his stats since money doesn’t bother him..

    I just think these guy’s are extremely dense. Nothing more, nothing less.

  • steelburg

    If you earned the raise you wouldn’t you want to get paid regardless of how you spend it or give it away you earned it right?

  • steelburg

    He wants more money because he has earned more money.

  • Mister Wirez

    Really? Come on man, you PC people are just pathetic.

  • SkoolHouseRoxx

    Don’t let JJ Watt get a td. He’ll Nae Nae for 10 minutes. 🙄

  • Mister Wirez

    The Steelers could fine him, or they could bench him. I would prefer a team fine because a bench ride hurts the team even more. I blame Tomlin for not demanding his players follow the rules.

    #MoreCampCupcake

  • Disqussant

    Go to the bathroom?

  • Disqussant

    Ike, I love you babe, but you don’t watch the steelers to watch ppl dance, either… though, I’m just guessing 😉

  • Disqussant

    This discussion here about no fun and what not misses the point, which I’ll call the Danny Smith (“DS”) point. I recognize it’s pretty close to BS in the alphabet and what not, so bare with me. There may come a time, in a playoff game perhaps, that dancing against the rules leads to a TD return. Exclamation point.

  • Mister Wirez

    But that’s the rules, and when you don’t follow them, you pay. Now this BS is costing the team. And yes the dancing is stupid, I hate it.

    Maybe YOU are watching the wrong show if you prefer men dancing like a teenage girl band.

  • Ike Evans

    Ahahaha…Yea but we are hardcore football fans…we post in a football blog site…..most football fans are casual fans only watching for entertainment….and gambling

  • blackandgoldBullion

    Brilliant! You must have read my mind. I have been watching since the ’60’s. no problem with the fun bunch. I know TO and Chad went too far.

    If you turn around and go backwards into the end zone it’s taunting. If you have enough time to high five, it’s okay, I guess. This type of stuff leads me to believe that AB is being targeted by the refs. Sanders admitted to immitating AB, but got no penalty. How?

    I defend the refs often, but some stuff really smells bad.

  • WreckIess

    Its entertainment dude. The guy catches a ball for a living, it’s not politics. It doesn’t have to be this serious moment where everyone who scores gives the ball to the ref then stoically jogs back to the sideline. It’s a game. No one cares how you feel about it. Really, no one. Not AB, Not Bell, and no one on the team. They’re not going to stop because Mister Wirez on Steelers Depot doesn’t like it.

    What should happen is the refs working on actually defining what’s not excessive and what is instead of leaving it up to something as arbitrary as human judgement. What’s the difference between AB and Bell high fiving and the Chiefs players who high fived on the way to the end zone?

  • SkoolHouseRoxx

    No, it’s just wrong. Forget PC.

  • Steeler-Drew

    Totally agree. I never side with the NFL on anything but it’s like they have to babysit a bunch of little kids who never get enough attention. It shouldn’t be rocket science to these players what acts are going to cause a flag. Once they decide to tow or cross the line it becomes a selfish and childish act since ultimately it could hurt the team which is exactly what AB did in the last game. I can’t wrap my head around making a good/play, a normal celebration, and making millions on top of it is not good enough for some of these players. The entertainment is in the great plays made on the field not who has the most creative touchdown celebration.

  • Steve Johnson

    Antonio Brown has become a distraction. I wouldn’t be surprised if the Rooney’s allow him to walk.

  • WreckIess

    Because WE ALL KNOW Joe Paterno is a great benchmark for morality and personal conduct, right?

  • Lil Smitty

    Without getting into the debate about the demise of the civilized world because athletes like to Celebrate and Dance after scores, I did notice that AB did not dance after his second and third TD of the game. Evidently he realized that his first dance helped lead to the Colts first TD. That gives me hope that he realizes that his celebrations are hurting the team. Hopefully, he can focus his energy on winning games and Lombardi #7 for the rest of the year.

  • Ralph Wagner

    LOL

    Some people are slow learners and have more money than they need.

  • Mister Wirez

    We’re talking football. Joe knew football

  • dany

    me neither, but that’s the thing, so few people care, so why does the league do??

  • Brantley Stockton

    For God’s sake, think of the children!!

    Are you by any chance John Lithgow from Footloose?

  • JNick

    I saw a replay of some TD last week for another team and two players did the exact same thing with a handshake and dance and no flag. More than the stupidity of the rule is the inconsistency of it. I’m just sick of the NFL.

  • The Truth

    Or better yet keep throwing flags and raising fines until it stops. After a TD you can play Dancing with the Stars highlights via YouTube.

    Is there a reason you need to see dance routines when watching the NFL?

    They fine me them to stop it from escalating.

  • pittfan

    AB needs to cut it out. He’s crapping out money like a goose while complaining he doesn’t get enough. Meanwhile, the average US household income is about $60K.

  • WreckIess

    Watch Dancing with the Stars on Youtube? Nah. I’ll just keep watching what’s on my TV screen. You on the other hand can feel free to avert your eyes if you feel the need to.

    I didn’t say that I needed to see any celebrations. As a matter of fact, I think I made it pretty clear that if someone chooses not to celebrate I really don’t care. I’ll enjoy the TD either way, but just because someone doesn’t do celebrations doesn’t mean other guys need to stop. What someone does after the score doesn’t hurt my perception of them and neither way is the “correct” way to act after a TD.

    Seriously, do you see how ridiculous you seem though? You literally want a guy to lose money because he celebrated the fact that he scored in a game. Once again, a game. We’re all passionate fans here, but that’s taking things way to personally.

  • Mister Wirez

    “No one cares how you feel about it. Really, no one. Not AB, Not Bell, and no one on the team. They’re not going to stop because Mister Wirez on Steelers Depot doesn’t like it.”

    I beg to differ. Seems there are a lot of Steelers fans here and everywhere else that despise selfish, foolish, look at me acts by pro athletes. The fans oay the bills and salaries of these knuckle heads…

    Maybe that’s why ratings are down. Like, oh say… kneeling during our National Anthem. It’s disgusting actually…

    Again, maybe you’re watching the wrong “entertainment” since you like to watch athletic males thrusting their hips and gyrating after a *gloriousss* touch down.

    Just sayin’.

  • WreckIess

    Yeah there are a lot of Steeler fans that don’t like the celebrations, but there are way more that either like them or a lot of them, like me, really don’t care either way.

    If you really think the celebrations or the protests are why the ratings are down, you’re an idiot. Fans are sick of watching a product that’s been watered in everyway. Less hits, more penalties which slow down the game, and less personality. This isn’t personal opinion, this is marketing, kid. You take away the things that most fans like to see like physicality, the personalities, and the Ocho Cinco like celebrations then you’re going to see your ratings drop.

    You need to understand that the end of the day it’s a game, your opinion doesn’t represent the majority, and no one cares about your feelings. They’re not going to stop doing the celebrations because you’re crying about them and AB isnt going broke because you have tears in your eyes. He’ll adapt like he’s been doing, but if you think he’s going to stop I have some bad news for you lol. My advice to you would be to get over it.

  • Mister Wirez

    Your the one defending these morons, not me. They wanna pay $200,000 in fines… be my guest. But don’t screw the paying fans and team mates that do care and want to see this 6-5 team make the playoffs. If the Steelers were 10-1, MAYBE I could accept a little celebrating, but they’re not, it’s just dumb and costly..

    BTW, Tomlin, the Rooney’s, and Ben Roethlisberger also agree it’s time to stop the celebration.

    Soo… I’m done with you too, you make no sense.

  • Disqussant

    Haha, true. The stats speaketh

  • cencalsteeler

    I find AB’s comments offensive toward the Rooney’s. If I got this, he fights for a big contract, then pisses parts of it away as he individually hurts the team that employs him? On top of that, claims that is nothing to a boss? Total disrespect to your employer AB. I’d be embarrassed and his claim screams that he feels he’s above the law. That was never the intent of why the Rooney’s paid you so handsomely, smh.

  • The Truth

    Brown’s needless celebrations helped the Colts get a TD.

    I didn’t say he couldn’t celebrate, but why the orchestrated dance routines? High fives, fist bumps/pumps, spikes etc… are fine, but if the celebrations were allowed where does it stop? You know perfectly well it would snowball. Players would get more and more into trying to outperform earlier celebrations or celebrations by other players.

    I doubt Brown cares about the penalties that hurt the team. If he cared he would have stopped after the first time.

  • The Truth

    Apparently the coaches have told him to stop…again.

  • Reefer Alston

    I’ve always found it fascinating how people get so bothered by TD celebrations. Reading the comments here you would think everybody’s typing with a pole up their ass.

  • WreckIess

    His penalty was minimal when it comes to the factors that led to that score. That penalty didn’t give them 15 yards in any way, shape, or form. The Special Teams unit let up a 43 yard return then let up a 35 yard pass on a fake punt. That’s 3 quarters of the field that they game up in just two plays. If Shabazz or Gilbert actually make the tackle on kickoff they don’t get all those yards. You can’t put the blame on AB for that.

    There should definitely be limits, but when those limits are hypocritical or seemingly arbitrary they’re coming to get questioned. And a handshake shouldn’t be over that limit and I doubt anyone really thought that would get flagged, but because of how random these calls are it’s hard for guys to actually know what will or won’t get called. Hell AB has done it at least twice before without getting called for it.

  • SilverSteel

    I think his opinion does represent the majority of football fans. You are in the minority here. Those dances put the team in a spot that could have altered the game with the colts. Almost let them back in the game… We are not good enough to just give away points or yards…

  • SilverSteel

    Racist…really?? Now you are just trying to instigate..

  • SilverSteel

    When the dances get sexually suggestive, then yes, it does become an issue for some families. Children imitate their heroes. I guess you would have to have a child and want him to know what real sportsmanship is about to get that.

  • WreckIess

    I think you and the people you talk to don’t like them while the people I talk to either do or don’t care. Doesn’t matter because like it or not they are a part of the game and one that needs to be properly regulated.

    Once again AB’s penalty didn’t automatically give them 15 yards nor was it a major part in them scoring. The 78 yards given up because of special teams mishaps on the other hand did lead to them scoring. You’re just reaching to say it’s AB’s fault to say otherwise.

  • Reefer Alston

    First of all, I don’t disagree with you but I don’t think the degree of sexuality in these celebrations is really that high – although debatable.
    Secondly, only a small handful of the celebrations in question are “sexually suggestive.” The NFL and the people commenting here don’t ONLY care about the sexually suggestive ones it seems.
    Third, I’m almost absolutely positive children are going to see much worse than AB’s 3-second “twerk” in their schools, on the internet, or on the tv/movies.

  • Kelly Walker

    Fantasy football makes people watch more football not less IMO. I blame on field rules, watered down market, bad teams, the teams either moving or possibly moving.
    How many people in St Louis or San Diego quit watching not just their teams, but all NFL games in general? Oakland is doing great but their fan base might be a little reluctant to give a shi7. Browns fans watched their team have a fire sale and put a crap team out there. How many of them are watching any NFL games? Heck I know Steelers fans that stopped watching after they lost yet another game to the Ravens. Ben and the rest have become the Ravens play things and it sucks. The Packers may have lost some bandwagon fans as well. People tired of the Patriots might be taking a break as well. Just a few thoughts.