Philadelphia Eagles quarterback AJ Brown has been fined $10,000 by the NFL for taunting two Pittsburgh Steelers defensive backs in Sunday’s Week 8 game, he said Saturday on Twitter.
“My two little fingers cost me 5k each the other day,” he wrote.
The 25-year-old pointed to Steelers running back Ahkel Witherspoon and safety Minkah Fitzpatrick after scoring in the second quarter during the Eagles’ 35-13 victory.
It was his third touchdown of the game, the first coming late in the first quarter when Brown caught a ball that looked like it might have been intercepted. That was followed by another early in the second quarter, again at the expense of Witherspoon and Fitzpatrick.
It was a big game for Brown, who finished with six catches on 10 targets for 156 yards and three touchdowns.
According to NBC Sports Philadelphia John Clark, Brown is the first Eagles player in 53 years with 3 touchdowns of 25 yards or more in a game.
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The performance seems to be the gift that keeps on giving to Brown, who also joked on Twitter that it was the cause of an “accidental” NFL drug test the next morning.
“I’d have a drug test this morning, huh,” he wrote“Rogerrrrr, this is no accident.”
While the NFL has a somewhat good record when it comes to their random drug tests after great performances, the league is also no stranger to paying fines for celebrations.
This is only the third penalty of Brown’s career. The previous two came in 2020 with the Titans for over-celebration, totaling $19,000.
Earlier this season, Jamaal Williams had to pay a $13,315.25 fine after the Detroit Lions quarterback was flagged for unsportsmanlike conduct following a wild touchdown celebration in Week 3, according to a release. NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero.
Williams scored his second touchdown of the day and drove his hips three times, prompting a flag by the officials.
If that dollar amount sounds big, it’s actually just a little more than the collectively agreed fine for the first unsportsmanlike conduct violation Brown likely committed.
In addition, the NFL says the fines collected do not go to them, but are donated through the NFL Foundation to programs selected by the NFL and the NFLPA.
So while Brown says he’ll keep his “arms, legs and other items” to himself while playing for the 8-0 Eagles, he can rest easy knowing his celebration will have more uses.