Expensive call: Michael Thomas fined $30,000 for Joe Horn cellphone celebration

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Imagine how many flip phones you can buy for $30,000.

The NFL has relaxed its celebration rules, but every now and then they can’t help but be the No Fun League again. New Orleans Saints receiver Michael Thomas gave us the best celebration of the year after his 72-yard touchdown against the Los Angeles Rams last week, reaching under the goal-post padding to pull out a flip cellphone, a perfect callback to former Saints great Joe Horn doing the same thing years ago.

Thomas was penalized for the celebration, and because the NFL likes fining its players small fortunes because it can, it fined Thomas $30,000 according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.

Michael Thomas broke two rules

Thomas’ fine was for two violations: using a prop in a touchdown celebration and — we’re being serious now — having a mobile device in the bench area, according to Rapoport. The NFL has no shame.

Horn said he loved the celebration, and other than Marcus Peters, most other people with a sense of humor did too. It was funny and a great way to bridge two eras in Saints history. There was nothing about it that wasn’t awesome.

But, because the NFL likes taking money from its players five figures at a time for inconsequential penalties, it did.

New Orleans Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas (13) pulls out a cellphone after his 72 yard touchdown reception against the Rams. (AP)
New Orleans Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas (13) pulls out a cellphone after his 72 yard touchdown reception against the Rams. (AP)

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