Thursday, October 30, 2003
Bengals' Johnson fined for throat slash
CINCINNATI -- Bengals receiver Chad Johnson has been fined
$5,000 for his throat-slash gesture that drew a 15-yard penalty and
his coach's wrath.
Johnson thought that the NFL was going to overlooked the
gesture, which he called an innocent mistake as part of his
touchdown celebration Sunday in a 27-24 victory over Seattle.
On Thursday, he learned that the league had fined him after all.
Johnson was disappointed, but insisted it won't stop him from
"I'm not going to let the NFL rules steal my joy," he said.
"I'm going to keep it simple, but I'm going to do something every
Bengals coach Marvin Lewis doesn't like choreographed
celebrations, and has urged his players to be careful and not get
carried away. He berated Johnson on the sideline after his gesture
drew a penalty.
Johnson is one of the team's most-fined players. The NFL also
fined him $5,000 for a touchdown celebration in Cleveland with
receiver Peter Warrick -- they posed as if taking a photograph in
the end zone. Johnson said he also has been fined about $20,000 for
various violations of league standards on how players should wear