Steelers RB Le’Veon Bell Fined $12,154 For Punching Goal Post Padding

Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell had a Sunday sparring session with the goal post following a touchdown run in his team’s Sunday road win over the Kansas City Chiefs and that short exchange of one-sided blows wound up costing him $12,154 in a fine, according to Ray Fittipaldo of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

Bell’s excessive celebration came immediately after he scored on a 3-yard run with 14:55 left in the first half of Sunday’s game against the Chiefs and he was ultimately flagged for unsportsmanlike conduct after punching the NFL logo on the goal post padding several times.

“That was spur of the moment,” Bell said a few days ago, according to Joe Rutter of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. “I did plan something, but I forgot once I scored. I had seen the goal post and had done some boxing. It was the first thing that came to my head.”

Bell also let it be known that he didn’t know that punching the goal post padding was deemed excessive celebrating.

“I wasn’t fully aware of that. Now I am,” Bell said Wednesday. “I just won’t use the goal post next time. Maybe I’ll use JuJu (Smith-Schuster).”

  • Beaver Falls Hosiery

    … and what is featured on an NFL Network commercial? Le’Veon Bell punching the goal post. Hypocrisy at its finest.

  • Dan

    Players’ ignorance of the rules falls on the coaches.

  • Dan

    I believe the rule is intended to keep the goal posts and any field equipment from possible damage and a potential game delay, but 15 yds plus a fine seems pretty harsh. Can’t imagine Bell’s jabs are all that powerful.

  • Beaver Falls Hosiery

    In fairness, Le’Veon was not at camp when the refs reviewed the celebration rules.

  • Dan

    LOL, good point. His independent work out sessions, may have missed a lot of that book learnin part. Still cost the team 15 yards.

  • SteelersDepot

    Stupid spell checker.

  • Lambert58

    He shouldn’t abuse goalposts like that. Shame on him!

  • Alex K

    Good thing they protected that fragile goal post from Bell’s devastating punches. I could see that thing was ready to collapse.

  • SkoolHouseRoxx

    I liked it. Loved it, actually! We all gotta remember tho that everybody hurts sometimes, even goalposts. 😏

  • Milton Farfara

    New penalty roughing the goalpost

  • rystorm06

    Good thing he didn’t punch a paper towel dispenser

  • Roberto Vaquero Bazán

    I don’t know if this rule exists in other Sports, but certainly is The most stupid rule ever!

  • Jason

    Couple things. I would imagine Bell’s jabs are plenty powerful and the rule is that no props besides the football can be used and he essentially used the post as a prop. Silly rule but a rule nonetheless.

  • MintDragon

    I really hope they just move to a fine system. With a wide grey line on what is/isn’t acceptable, short of taunting, I hate to see any team get a flag for celebrating.

  • dany

    ” I did plan something, but I forgot once I scored”

    he’s back on the reefer guys!!

  • John Pennington

    I thought the coaches told these guys what they can do and not do in the celebrations.Thats a lot of money to just give away.Hope the rest of the team learns from this.

  • Rocksolid20

    In fairness he should have been .

  • Steve

    Naw, Blount is with the Eagles now.

  • Steve

    Bell can afford it, especially since its going to charity, Tax write off.

  • Rick McClelland

    I’d have him switch it up and hug and kiss the goal post or JuJu. LOL.

  • Ralph Wagner

    Someday maybe these guys will learn the all about me celebrations are expensive. Both money wise and penalty wise. Nah who am I kidding? Never mind.

    Go Steelers

  • hojo

    No Fun League strikes again.