Source: Thomas fined $30K for phone celebration

Source: Thomas fined $30K for phone celebration

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The NFL has fined New Orleans Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas $30,000 for using a cell phone as a prop and having a mobile device in the bench area, a source told ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

Thomas brought back former Saints receive Joe Horn’s memorable 2003 celebration by retrieving a hidden cellphone from around the bottom of a goalpost. Horn was also fined $30,000 for his celebration 15 years ago, but that had been his second violation of the season.

Thomas’ cellphone celebration followed a 72-yard touchdown catch that sealed the Saints’ 45-35 win over the then-unbeaten Rams and gave Thomas 12 catches for 211 yards. Thomas was penalized for the celebration,

Asked if someone helped plant the phone, Thomas said, “Um, I think someone… I think Joe Horn left it.”

“I paid a tribute to him, tried to get the crowd going a little bit more, set the tone, have fun out there, giving people a show,” Thomas said. “You gotta have fun. All these guys just catching touchdowns and celebrating with each other, having fun, getting the crowd involved. I felt like I had an opportunity to make it happen, put the game away and make a call.”

Horn told ESPN the gesture “absolutely” meant a lot to him. Horn said he texted Thomas and “thanked him for doing what most athletes in his position would never do.”

ESPN’s Mike Triplett contributed to this report.

NFL News

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November 10, 2018 at 02:41PM

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