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Bengals' Joe Mixon Shades NFL for Fining Him $13,261 for Coin Toss Celebration

Adam WellsJanuary 13, 2023

Cincinnati Bengals running back Joe Mixon (28) reaches for a coin in his glove after scoring a touchdown during an NFL football game against the Baltimore Ravens, Sunday, Jan. 8, 2023, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Jeff Dean)
AP Photo/Jeff Dean

Cincinnati Bengals running back Joe Mixon fired back at the NFL after being fined $13,261 for his coin-toss celebration during Sunday's win over the Baltimore Ravens.

Mixon posted the fine letter he received from the NFL, along with a challenge to commissioner Roger Goodell to flip a coin: He will pay the fine if it comes up heads, but Goodell has to make a $13,261 donation to the Boys and Girls Clubs of Cincinnati if it's tails.

⚡️Primetime!!!⚡️ @Joe_MainMixon

<a href="https://twitter.com/NFL?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@NFL</a> since y'all all about the coin flipping let's do this. Let's have a coin toss to pay this crazy fine for expressing myself. If it's heads I'll pay. If it's tails Roger G pay the money to the Boys and Girls Clubs of Cincinnati. 🪙 <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/AllAboutTheKids?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#AllAboutTheKids</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/WhoDey?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#WhoDey</a> <a href="https://t.co/XuG9ohXkT2">pic.twitter.com/XuG9ohXkT2</a>

When the NFL announced the possibility for a coin flip to determine home-field advantage for a wild-card playoff matchup between the Bengals and Ravens, Mixon was among the most vocal opponents of the decision.

⚡️Primetime!!!⚡️ @Joe_MainMixon

🤔So we not following the rules no more🐸☕️ <a href="https://t.co/AreAM1xAsp">pic.twitter.com/AreAM1xAsp</a>

After his public complaints fell on deaf ears, Mixon took matters into his own hands by mocking the coin-toss idea with a unique celebration after scoring a touchdown in the first quarter against the Ravens on Sunday.

Cincinnati Bengals @Bengals

Mixon really had a coin in his glove 😂<a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/BudLightCelly?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#BudLightCelly</a> | <a href="https://twitter.com/budlight?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@budlight</a> <a href="https://t.co/eg8evfvtsT">pic.twitter.com/eg8evfvtsT</a>

The 26-year-old only had 27 rushing yards on 11 carries in Week 18, but he got his moment in the spotlight with one of the most memorable touchdown celebrations of the season.

Mixon does plan to appeal the fine, but it doesn't sound like he will have to worry about giving up $13,261 regardless of the outcome.

Former Bengals wide receiver Chad Johnson announced on Twitter he will reimburse Mixon and "anyone else implicated in the beat (sic) celebration of the year."

Cincinnati's 27-16 win over the Ravens on Sunday meant the home-field advantage coin flip wasn't needed.

The Bengals will host their AFC North rivals in the third meeting between the two teams this season. They split their two regular-season matchups, with the Ravens winning in Week 5.

Lamar Jackson, who hasn't played since Week 13 with a knee injury, has already been ruled out for this game. Tyler Huntley, who missed Week 18 with shoulder and wrist injuries, is on track to start after being a full practice participant on Friday.

The Bengals will host the Ravens at Paycor Stadium on Sunday at 8:15 p.m. ET.