Thirteen Steelers were fined a gun-like celebration against the Colts following James Pierre’s interception, Chris Adamski of the Tribune-Review reports.
Steelers defenders gathered in a huddle to celebrate Pierre’s interception. Pierre tossed the ball up into the air and then the Steelers defenders metaphorically fired “guns” at the ball as it was coming down to the ground.
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The NFL celebration rulebook states that celebrations can not contain ‘violent imagery’ which includes imaginary guns or knives. As such, all Steelers involved in the celebration ended up getting a small hit to their wallets for the celebration following the pick.
Pittsburgh had done this celebration throughout the season, so it is nothing new. However, it is the first time they have been fined a significant amount of money for the celebration. Players that were fined the maximum of $13,261 includes Marcus Allen, T.J. Watt, Minkah Fitzpatrick, Myles Jack, and Terrell Edmunds according to Adamski’s report.
The Steelers often credit their celebration choreography to Allen’s imagination, as this had been something they did all the way to training camp. The well-named hypeman of the locker room may have to go back to the drawing board with some of the fines being levied against Pittsburgh.