Steelers OLB Bud Dupree Fined For Post-Sack Hip Thrust Celebration

Pittsburgh Steelers outside linebacker Bud Dupree has been fined by the NFL for his post-sack celebration in the team’s Week 2 win over the Minnesota Vikings, according to Ray Fittipaldo of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

Dupree’s actually fine amount is likely $12,154 and it will be interesting to see if he appeals it. Dupree was not flagged for his dance after he sacked Vikings quarterback Case Keenum on a third down and 7 play with 3:51 left in the first half.

As you can see below, Dupree did three hip thrusts after his sack. Had he stopped at two, maybe he wouldn’t have gotten fined. Sounds silly, doesn’t it?

Last season, Dupree was fined $18,231 for his AFC Wild Card game hit that knocked Miami Dolphins quarterback Matt Moore out for one play. Moore was placed under and quickly passed the league’s concussion protocol and returned to the game.

Last week, three different Steelers defensive players were fined for their illegal hits that took place in the team’s week 1 win over the Cleveland Browns. Linebacker Ryan Shazier, cornerback William Gay and safety J.J. Wilcox were the three players fined.

  • Jones

    I remember that hit on Moore. I thought he was dead… Definitely a tough guy to come back from that after one play…

  • TrappenWeisseGuy ;

    Given that it’s Bud let’s just hope that he didn’t injure himself with his celebration.

  • Pricopea

    The dirty kangaroo!

  • Jaybird

    He wasn’t HIP THRUSTING. He was just stretching out his groin that he had surgically repaired last year. A little preventative stretching.

  • Jaybird

    Artie Burns also did a little hip thrust after he recovered that fumble at the end of the game. Surprised he did not get fined also.

  • Dr. DG

    C’Mon, Bud!
    You KNOW the legal limit is TWO!

  • Beaver Falls Hosiery

    I would challenge the call if I were Bud Dupree. It looks like he had only two pumps which I thought was permitted after last year. Additionally, these may not be technically pelvic thrusts since his hips and thus his pelvis do not extend beyond his thighs. That would prevent penetration so this is more of a bunny or kangaroo hop.

  • Beaver Falls Hosiery

    Only one pump which is permissible

  • DoNot Want

    To be fair, no one wants to be a two pump chump though.

  • McCrinbleberry knows you can only do 2 thrust, anymore and its a fine.

  • Michael Mosgrove

    he thrusted 4 times. the rule is 2. ask hingle!

  • capehouse

    Surprised it wasn’t flagged

  • Jaybird

    Only one pump?- Premature celebration

  • VinHuddle

    Ha!! Nice reference

  • Bob Stevens

    First of all, ridiculous dance, Artwo should have a chat with him about that. Second, it’s hilarious how Chickillo and Williams run away from him when he started doing his little dance!!

  • Ike Evans

    It was that third pump….gets em every time

  • Mark

    I did some dumb ish in my 20s, so I understand, however, I never did anything dumb that cost me $12,000. I know that’s not a lot to a millionaire, however, the sack dance is ugly and not creative and to get fined $12 stacks for that is super stupid!!

  • Constantinople

    I see whatcha did there.

  • Jason Vancil

    I can do without seeing ANY man do that. $12,000 seems fair.

  • Nathanael Dory

    which he did not

  • 6 ring circus

    Off topic…can anyone elaborate on why most of the D-linemen (see photos on Steelers website) are wearing collared shirts under their practice jerseys?!

  • Real

    3 pumps!!

  • Sam Clonch

    Looked like 4 pumps to me. Crazy man!

  • Alan Tman

    No surprise. The league had these conversations with AB last year. I guess BUD wasn’t paying attention. I thought casino night was going to get it too. I guess they really did relax the rules.


    i thought that was kinda awkward too

  • gentry_gee

    Yeah, it was pretty lewd. Not surprising.

  • Boots

    It’s just so dumb. Besides the fine or the penalty, which should be reasons enough not to do it, anything is better than hip thrusts. Even if it wasn’t planned you simply have to do better than that or just celebrate with your teammates because it’s just not a good look.

  • Ralph Wagner

    This all about me attitude is expensive. As long as the Steelers didn’t get a penalized for his foolishness, let life and showboating go on. LOL

    Go Steelers

  • Gregg

    Not real proud of Steelers doing vulgar displays on field. It’s really classless.

  • heath miller

    yep seen it and expected the fine .. kinda like when AB did the same thing last year or at least very similar and got the fine and flag.. i was kinda shocked he didnt get a flag right then… NO FUN LEAGUE ~ tag team

  • ND_Steel

    Yep, somebody else did the same from the ground…dogs in heat…

  • Beaver Falls Hosiery

    He didn’t pump? Then definitely permissible.

  • Matt Manzo

    I thought we all knew the rule was no more than 2 thrusts!
    There were no flags thrown, right?

  • Delboka

    Really don’t understand how these players can’t make a play without a sexualized celebration…

    It’s so cool thrusting your hips amd humping the ground….

    Give me a break

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  • treeher

    So, $4,000 per thrust? That’s pretty high priced even for my neigborhood … NFL is so absurd on crap like this. I’m really surprised the player’s union lets them do it.

  • scott redmond

    hope poeple keep refusing to watch the games and keep refusing to attend games as its starting to hurt the ratings which hurts thier money. we the fans run the show not goodell we just have to ban togather to force goodell out to get rid of the krapperdick wannabes and stop makin it a sissy azz game. best thing i would wish for is goodell fired and game returned to the fun its suppose to be

  • Zarbor

    NFL and the commissioner are soo stupid

  • MintDragon

    He only pumped twice, no fine. 😝

  • MintDragon

    The NFL was asked about it, they stated that they couldn’t determine what it was, either Yahtzee or Backgammon. Really@!

    From profootballtalk’s website: “But NFL spokesman Joe Lockhart said on a conference call today that the celebration was discussed at the league office, and everyone thought Bryant’s celebration was all in good fun.

    “There was an internal debate this morning over whether they were referring to Yahtzee or backgammon,” Lockhart said. “I don’t think we’re in a place to determine that, so I think that’s OK with us.”

  • Alan Tman

    I just remembered they are taking Oakland to Vegas, so they can’t say a word. Lol