There’s a price to pay for certain celebrations in the NFL.
That fact was proven again on Friday as Tennessee Titans safety Kevin Byard was fined $10,026 by the NFL for celebrating on the Dallas Cowboys’ midfield star during Monday night’s game.
Byard channeled his inner Terrell Owens after his first-quarter interception of Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott by taking his celebration all the way out to midfield at AT&T Stadium.
“I actually kind of expected it to be more with all the crazy fines that are going on in the league right now,” Byard said. “I expected it to be more than $10,000. But I feel like it was worth it. I kind of knew it was coming, but I didn’t know the amount. … It was a momentum changer. If it was $10,000 it was worth it, because I’ll make that up on the back end.”
Cowboys cornerback Byron Jones, the lone Dallas player to put an end to the celebration, didn’t appreciate the actions of the NFL’s interception co-leader from a season ago.
“There’s no need for it,” Jones said after the game. “We’re all having fun, but I think when you go and try that, everyone knows what going on the star means. When you come into (AT&T Stadium), you don’t do that. It was about respecting the brand, respecting the star.”
Titans coach Mike Vrabel said on Tuesday that he also was not happy with Byard’s celebration.
“That’s not what we want as an organization,” he said. “That’s not what I want as a head coach.”
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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