Cincinnati Bengals running back Joe Mixon provided one of the highlights of Week 18 in the NFL — not so much when he scored from a yard out in the first quarter, but for his celebration afterward.
Mixon pulled a quarter out of his glove and flipped it in the end zone. The unique celebration, which got a lot of attention on social media, was Mixon’s way of trolling the NFL for its decision to have the site of a potential playoff matchup between the Bengals and the Baltimore Ravens determined by a coin flip if the Ravens had beaten the Bengals on Sunday. (The Bengals won 27-16, meaning the two teams will play each other once again in Cincinnati on Sunday.)
No surprise, the league wasn’t a big fan of Mixon’s celebration.
Mixon has been fined $13,261 for using a prop during a touchdown celebration, which is prohibited by NFL rules. According to Olivia Ray of WLWT in Cincinnati, Mixon plans to appeal the fine.
But should his appeal be denied, Mixon has another plan in mind to potentially get out of paying.
Mixon took to Twitter Friday and challenged the NFL to another coin flip.
If the flip comes up heads, Mixon said, he will pay his fine. If it’s tails, he not only wants out of his fine, but for NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell to pay the same sum to the Boys and Girls Club of Cincinnati.
“@NFL since y’all all about the coin flipping let’s do this,” Mixon tweeted. “Let’s have a coin toss to pay this crazy fine for expressing myself. If it’s head I’ll pay. If it’s tails Roger G pay the money to the Boys and Girls Clubs of Cincinnati.”
The NFL has not responded to Mixon’s proposal, at least publicly.
Mixon was one of the more outspoken Bengals players after the NFL initially proposed its coin flip solution. He wasn’t the only member of the Bengals organization who was upset with the possibility that the team could win the AFC North yet travel for a playoff game, though.
Thankfully, it didn’t come to that.
The NFL made a few unprecedented changes to the AFC playoff format last week due to the Week 17 game between the Bengals and Bills being canceled after Bills safety Damar Hamlin experienced cardiac arrest on the field. If the Bengals and Bills both win their Wild Card matchups this weekend, the two teams will square off in the divisional round, this time in Buffalo.
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Publish Date:2023-01-14 03:22:55