Steelers CB Artie Burns Fined For Removing Helmet Against Ravens

The Pittsburgh Steelers Sunday night game against the Baltimore Ravens wasn’t quite as physical as their Week 13 game against the Cincinnati Bengals, but even so, at least one player from the home team was ultimately fined this past week for an illegal action that he committed during the most-recent AFC North matchup.

According to Will Graves of the Associated Press, Steelers cornerback Artie Burns said Thursday afternoon that he was fined this week for taking his helmet off after being flagged for pass interference on Ravens wide receiver Mike Wallace midway through the fourth quarter of the Sunday night game.

As you can see in the replay of the pass that was intended for Wallace below, it really doesn’t look like Burns should have been penalized for pass interference. Regardless, he should not have removed his helmet in frustration and he’s lucky another 15-yard penalty wasn’t called. With that said, the Ravens offense still scored four plays later to take a 38-29 lead.

Burns was likely fined $24,309 for removing his helmet.

  • Spencer Krick

    Unbelieva-wait. This is absolutely believable.

    At least they didn’t suspend someone this time I guess?

  • SkoolHouseRoxx

    24k for removing your helmet. Lord! 😥

  • Greg Hymes

    Were the officials fined for the terrible excuse of officiating?

  • pittfan

    My wife gets pissed at me for getting $250 speeding ticket. Imagine coming home and having to write a check for $25,000 for taking off your helmet! Sheesh!

  • Charles Mullins

    They need consequences.

  • TroymanianDevil

    Is he going to be suspended?
    This is clearly worse than Gronk’s WWE move, so I think a 4 game suspension sounds about right

  • Steeldog22

    Yeah. That seems steep.

  • nutty32

    Uncontrollable urge to remove one’s head-wear is a sure sign of CTE

  • The Tony

    After seeing Burns comment on CTE my first thought was selfish. I thought we had to make headline news during the most important week of the season

  • Yeshaya

    I’m fine with the fine (har) but it does seem ridiculous that george iloka taking a headshot on AB and a player taking off his helmet after the play are equally criminal offenses.

  • Yeshaya

    I’m fine with the fine (har) but it does seem ridiculous that george iloka taking a headshot on AB and a player taking off his helmet after the play are equally criminal offenses.

  • Marcel Chris Chauvet

    Was Eric Weddle fined for leaving his feet and launching himself into a defenseless Jessie James? Or was it just the guy that took off his helmet? You have got to me kidding me with this $hit!

  • Steeler Nation!

    2 things:
    Burns could play a whole game without his helmet. He never uses it anyway.
    The official who made the call should be fined his game check as well.

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  • israelp

    $24,000 for taking off your helmet?? Outrageous,

  • StolenUpVotes

    Terrible call by the way

  • John Noh

    One benefit for the football players is that the fine can be deducted as a tax write-off, I believe. Do not think you can do that with a speeding ticket.

  • Joeybaggadonuts

    Bull Sh*T call-that crew sucked. Worth $25 large? Harbaugh was right (hate to say it). AB does push off a lot.

  • Michael Putman

    Any word on Quinton Jefferson who tried to climb into the stands and fight a fan…? I’m wondering if the NFL thinks climbing into the stands and assaulting paying customers (albeit a jackass one…) is less serious than removing your helmet briefly on the field after a play…?

    Either way, Artie gotta be better than that. The flag was nonsense, I’ll agree, but he KNOWS he can’t rip off that helmet on the field. Gotta control your emotions better fella…

  • Michael Putman

    For Artie or for Deebo? You know what, suspend em both, just in case.

  • Michael Putman

    Apparently the fine for Iloka was for intentionally trying to take Brown’s helmet off, so at least the NFL is being consistent with fines!!!

  • Michael Putman

    Is there an echo in here?

  • SkoolHouseRoxx

    I think both should get a pass. Quenton Jefferson got beers thrown on him. That sux. Fans should not be able to do whatever they want just because they bought a ticket.

  • pcantidote

    That is textbook cornerback play. He should have thrown his helmet at that ref.

  • TroymanianDevil

    I know we hate officials probably more than they deserve.
    But there should 100% be consequences for bad officiating, makes no sense not to have something in place

  • TroymanianDevil

    both, better safe than sorry. Throw in Juju for good measure. And now he’s a repeat offender so 10 games for him

  • Yeshaya

    Haha your comment was much better put, but I didn’t see it. My apologies

  • PaeperCup

    He should have been more upset at the play where he was called for PI for BEING tackled.

  • jlingo

    Ref should be fined for making a crap call that had a huge impact on the game and score

  • 2winz

    So nobody from Seattle got fined for trying to intentionally injure other players.. yet, Burns gets fined 24k for taking off his helmet? oh and isn’t that more than what Burfict got for his infraction against us? like what was it, only 6k?

  • Axel

    Good thing Burns didn’t leave his feet when he took off his helmet, he would have been suspended to go along with his fine

  • Axel

    It is beyond ridiculous, Burns gets called for that crap while every week AB is grabbed and held all the way down the field……wait till this weekend and see how many times Malcolm Butler grabs AB

  • Rick McClelland

    Needs to lose that sissy head scarf and man up.

  • John Pennington

    Have to stay under control in this game.Cant give this team any extra yards or field position because of not being in control of yourself.Wrap up tackling is a must because we all will get mad when you dont.No shoulder hits in this game please.

  • Shawn Stone

    $24k for removing helmet out of bounds and not flagged?? NFL…… that fine doesnt befit the crime. NFL….. YOU SUCK!!!!