Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown has had some extraordinary touchdown dances so far this season. From twerking to hip thrusting, he hasn't resisted dancing despite the fines that have come his way.
For his hip thrusting against the Kansas City Chiefs last week, Brown was given a $24,000 fine by the NFL, yet this hasn't turned him off from doing this type of dancing in the future. The reason he is fined is because his dances are sexually suggestive, which is worthy of an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty, which also comes with a fine.
Yet the 28-year-old believes his fine is too much because it is less than what you would get for hitting another player on the helmet. He will be appealing the fine against him as well.
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He said according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: “We need more clarification in regards to what we can and can’t do. I don’t think excessive celebrating should cost more than guys hitting other guys in the helmet.
"Twenty-four thousand for a guy scoring a touchdown and having fun [is more] than hitting a guy in the head and targeting with the helmet. There should be some differentiation and clarification in what we can do.”
It's true that the fine is outrageous and more than what could be deemed if powerful enough as a career-ending injury. When Brown was asked if he would do it again, he said: “The plan is to continue to win and continue to have fun,” so he won't be stopping anytime soon.
There's no doubt that the fine for his dancing should be less than what one receives for a helmet hit which in the worse case could be fatal. The question is now, where do you draw the line as to what is an acceptable celebration and what isn't? How much should be fined for each celebration as well?