The No Fun League strikes again. Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown has been fined for a new twerking touchdown dance he unveiled in their win against Washington on Monday Night Football this week, according to Jeremy Fowler of ESPN.
Brown also said he was fined for wearing blue cleats, but added it’s "nothing to a boss."
Midway through the third quarter, Ben Roethlisberger connected with Brown on a 26-yard touchdown pass. Following the play, Brown thrusted his butt five times, which is illegal. He was flagged 15 yards for the play.
According to the NFL bylaws, celebratory actions that are "sexually suggestive or can otherwise be construed as being in poor taste" fall under the banner of "unsportsmanlike conduct." Brown’s thrusting would appear to fall into that category.
This isn’t the first time Brown has been fined for going overboard in his on-field celebrations. He was docked a whopping $11,576 last season for humping a goal post after he scored a punt return touchdown. The year before that, he was fined $8,268 for kicking Cleveland Browns punter Spencer Lanning in the head during a failed hurdle attempt. In 2012, the NFL smacked him with a $10,000 penalty for running backwards into the end zone.
Brown caught eight passes for 126 yards and two touchdowns in the season opener. So as long as he remains one of the best wide receivers in the game, the Steelers will likely have no problem with his flamboyant on-field behavior.