Receiver fined for post-touchdown throat slash

Updated: October 31, 2003, 3:16 AM ET
Associated Press

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 celebrating touchdowns.

"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 week."

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 their uniforms.


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