Consider Odell Beckham Jr. surprised that Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott wasn’t fined for celebrating with a Salvation Army kettle.
The former LSU wide receiver, now with the New York Giants, took to Twitter on Monday to express his shock that there was no fine for Elliott following the running back’s creative touchdown celebration during a victory against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday night.
That's funny there's no fine for that. I could only imagine if I was the one to do it. Just bein honest .
— Odell Beckham Jr (@OBJ_3) December 19, 2016
— Ezekiel Elliott (@EzekielElliott) December 19, 2016
This is an interesting reaction. The first instinct might be to criticize Beckham, but he has a point. After all, touchdown celebrations using a prop are forbidden in the NFL, so shouldn’t the rule be enforced no matter the prop involved?
It’s great that Elliott plans to donate to the Salvation Army even though he won’t be fined. But it’s easy to wonder if another player with a different reputation could have pulled a similar stunt without a hit to his wallet.
We’ll likely never find out. But Beckham and any other player can’t be faulted for wondering if Elliott received a pass here.