Days after the league detailed to media which celebrations are and are not allowed, Hawkins found the end zone against the New England Patriots. Rather than break out a dance or jump into the Dawg Pound, the sixth-year wideout deliberately set the football on the ground and walked robotically away.
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Update from Tuesday, Oct. 11
On Monday, Hawkins admitted his robot-like celebration was his way of trolling the NFL, per Dan Labbe of Cleveland.com:
That was the point of the celebration. I thought about it and then when I scored I'm like, alright, I'm just going to do it.
I was glad everyone on the Internet interpreted it the right way because I wasn't sure if they were going to get the joke.
Everything you do gets fined nowadays, right? Me seeing the tape of what not to do -- and I get it, rules are rules -- but I thought it would be funny to do that and troll the whole situation, so that's what I did.
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