Tennessee Titans defensive back Kevin Byard recreated Terrell Owen’s infamous “star” celebration this past Monday night in his team’s win against the Dallas Cowboys.
Byard ran to midfield and stood on the Cowboys’ star logo after he intercepted Dak Prescott in the end zone.
Kevin Byard vs Terrell Owens, 18 years apart 👀👀👀pic.twitter.com/S8f1x6pCGM
— FanDuel (@FanDuel) November 6, 2018
The NFL fined Byard $10,026 this week for the celebration.
$10,026 is the same amount that Atlanta Falcons defender Damontae Kazee was fined for a blatant late hit/cheap shot against Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton earlier this year.
No excuse for Damontae Kazee putting this late hit on a sliding Cam Newton. It’s reckless. Easy ejection for the officials. pic.twitter.com/ijBD3DiOsf
— Jeff Eisenband (@JeffEisenband) September 16, 2018
In what world is standing on a logo and viciously hitting a quarterback late the same thing?
Especially when the NFL preaches safety over and over.
Should Byard have been penalized for his celebration on Monday night?
Sure. I can definitely understand an unsportsmanlike penalty being called in that situation.
But a fine? For standing on a logo? That seems completely ridiculous to me.
Of course, that’s probably because it is completely ridiculous. There’s no way Byard gets fined for doing this on another team’s field. And there’s no way a Dallas Cowboy would’ve been fined for dancing on the Titans’ logo at Nissan Stadium.
Kevin Byard fined $10,026 for Dancing on the Star. Wonder if the fine would have happened if Byard has danced on say the Bills or Cardinals logo?
— Terry McCormick (@terrymc13) November 9, 2018
There’s always been a double standard when it comes to the Cowboys. I’ll never understand the “America’s Team” moniker that was bestowed upon them in 1979. I feel like a better nickname would be “the extremely casual football fan’s team”. But that’s just me.
For whatever reason, the Cowboys are going to be protected by the NFL. Even when it comes to something as silly as Byard standing on a star. A $10k fine isn’t much, but it sends the message that disrespecting the Cowboys won’t be tolerated.
Perhaps the Cowboys should’ve been fined for their performance on Monday night. It was way more offensive than Byard celebrating after an interception.
For what it’s worth, Byard doesn’t regret the celebration. He told reporters this week “It was a momentum changer. If it was $10,000, it was worth it, because I’ll make that up on the back end.”
The Titans won the game, so it’s hard to disagree with Byard.
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