Odell Beckham insisted that the NFL tends to fine him for everything, including "smiling." Maybe that was an exaggeration.
But not by much.
Both Beckham and Victor Cruz were slapped with a fine of $12,154 each for what the league deemed a group celebration after Cruz's fourth-quarter, game-winning touchdown catch in Dallas last Sunday. After Cruz caught the three-yard touchdown, he began his signature salsa dance. As he did, Beckham knelt in front of him and seemingly pretended to take a picture.
No flags were thrown at the time, but the multi-player staged presentation was apparently too much for the killjoy league.
Technically the decision is the right one according to the NFL's new sportsmanship rules, which outlaw any non-spontaneous, choreographed celebrations and any group celebrations. But, as always, the decisions seem highly subjective. And of course, the NFL leaves them unexplained.
The good news? At least Beckham and Cruz weren't fined for wearing 9/11-themed cleats, commemorating the 15th anniversary of the attacks on the World Trade Center, an NFL source confirmed.