Michael Thomas Reportedly Fined $30K by NFL for Joe Horn Cellphone Celebration

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistNovember 10, 2018

NEW ORLEANS, LA - NOVEMBER 04:  Michael Thomas #13 of the New Orleans Saints pretends to make a call on a cell phone in celebration of scoring a touchdown in the fourth quarter of the game against the Los Angeles Rams at Mercedes-Benz Superdome on November 4, 2018 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)
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The NFL fined New Orleans Saints wideout Michael Thomas $30,000 for his touchdown celebration in his team's 45-35 Week 9 win over the Los Angeles Rams, NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reported Saturday.

Thomas scored what proved to be the final touchdown in the fourth quarter. He proceeded to retrieve a cell phone from under the padding of the goal post, emulating former Saints wideout Joe Horn.


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According to Rapoport, the NFL punished Thomas for "using the phone as a prop and having a mobile device in the bench area."

Referees also assessed him with a 15-yard unsportsmanlike conduct penalty, which pushed New Orleans' kickoff back to its own 20-yard line.

A $30,000 fine and 15-yard penalty were arguably worth it, though. The penalty didn't impact the outcome, and Thomas did it after the Saints built a two-score lead inside the final four minutes of the game.

Plus, it was a great way to honor another Saints star from the past.

"I paid a tribute to [Horn], tried to get the crowd going a little bit more, set the tone, have fun out there, giving people a show," Thomas said of his celebration, per ESPN.com's Mike Triplett. "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."

Triplett added that the celebration "'absolutely' meant a lot to [Horn]."