In a week the NFL fined multiple Denver Broncos players for illegal head shots on Carolina Panthers star Cam Newton, the league has sent another costly reminder about its rules:
Twerking in the end zone comes with a price.
Pittsburgh Steelers receiver Antonio Brown was fined $9,115 for his excessive sexiness Monday night. The dance drew a flag, but didn’t stop the Steelers from rolling 38-16 over the Washington Redskins.
Brown also was fined $6,076 for wearing blue shoes in violation of the league’s uniform code. But it’s the twerk seen around the country that highlighted quite a week in players paying to dance around the NFL.
The Arizona Cardinals’ Chandler Jones, D.J. Swearinger and Patrick Peterson were each fined $12,154 for doing what looked like the Charleston — a violation because it fell under the category of a choreographed group demonstration.
The New York Giants’ Victor Cruz and Odell Beckham Jr. were fined the same amount for a group demonstration — Cruz doing the salsa, and Beckham pretending to take a photo of it.
The Seattle Seahawks’ Michael Bennett was fined $9,115 for his “Key and Peele”-esque, hip-pumping sack dance.
And it’s only Week 1.
The NFL previously fined Denver Broncos linebacker Brandon Marshall $24,309 and safety Darian Stewart $18,231 for hits to Newton’s head in last week’s kickoff game. The league also fined two Panthers offensive linemen in that game: Trai Turner (taunting) and Ryan Kalil (facemask) were docked $9,115 each.
Los Angeles Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald, who was ejected late in their Monday night loss to the San Francisco 49ers, was fined $9,115 for unnecessary roughness and $12,154 for unsportsmanlike conduct.