There is a long history with the Pittsburgh Steelers and the NFL handing down fines to its players. Whether it was James Harrison for his illegal hits, Antonio Brown’s many touchdown celebration or Ryan Shazier’s recent fine for his hit on DeShone Kizer. I’m sure the team, and the players, just have a PayPal account set up to funnel money back to the NFL charities.
The latest player to be fined by the league was linebacker Bud Dupree.
Dupree was fined $12,000 for “thrusting” after his sack of Case Keenum in Week 2.
Bud Dupree was fined $12,000 for his hip thrust sack dance. He's the new Mark Gastineau— Ray Fittipaldo (@rayfitt1) September 22, 2017
In case you missed the dance, Dupree certainly did a celebration which would fall under the NFL’s illegal celebrations guidelines of “inappropriate” or “sexual in nature” which could have actually drawn a flag. However, the celebration did not draw a flag during the game, but the replay caused the league to slap a fine on Dupree.
The league has eased up on their celebration rules, but some still remain an issue, and Dupree obviously crossed that line, in their opinion.
Just as Antonio Brown’s “twerking” celebration against the Washington Redskins in Week 1 of the 2016 season, many are drawing comparisons of this move to the Key and Peele character Hingle McCringleberry who was flagged in the sketch for excessive “pumps”.