During the Week 2 game, Watson was assessed fines of $13,659 for unsportsmanlike behavior and $10,927 twice for two different unnecessary roughness penalties.
Watson received an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty, according to NFL Network Insider Tom Pelissero, for celebrating with a “gun” in the third quarter after Cleveland scored a touchdown.
Here’s the “violent gesture” that led to one of Deshaun Watson’s three fines from Monday night.
Watson and David Njoku were each fined $13,659 for the gun-themed celebration after a #Browns TD. Watson was fined $35,513 total, including two fines for unnecessary roughness. pic.twitter.com/bYgU7D3kVY
— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) September 23, 2023
According to Pelissero, Browns tight end David Njoku, who was observed celebrating in a similar manner to Watson, was also fined $13,659 by the NFL for unsportsmanlike behavior.
In consecutive facemask penalties that occurred in the third and fourth quarters of Monday night’s defeat on the road, Watson received two fines for unnecessary roughness.
Watson seemed to make contact with an official when disputing the flag after receiving his first unnecessary roughness penalty in the third quarter, but the NFL determined on Tuesday that the touch was not cause for discipline.
The Statement read
“Officials are called upon to maintain order on the field, and sometimes while performing those duties, there is inadvertent contact between players and officials,”
“In this instance, in their judgment, the contact did not rise to the level of a foul.”
Recently, there was another incident involving Jordan Whitehead of the New York Jets when he was fined $21.8K for “Unnecessary” roughness . If NFL or the sport in itself has gone soft is as much your guess as mine.