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Le’Veon Bell rips NFL for not fining Ezekiel Elliott for TD celebration

Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell joined the chorus of critics who have called out the NFL for not fining Ezekiel Elliott for his Salvation Army bell touchdown celebration.

The play in question occurred during the second quarter of the Dallas Cowboys’ 26-20 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. After Elliott scored a rushing touchdown, he hopped into a large Salvation Army located near the end zone.

The NFL announced on Monday that Elliott would not be fined for the celebration, prompting New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. to take to Twitter to complain.

Bell later to Twitter himself to echo Beckham’s sentiments.

Bell went on to bemoan how he and Steelers teammate Antonio Brown — who knows a thing or two about fines for celebratingwere both fined earlier this season for a joint touchdown celebration during a Steelers victory on Thanksgiving where they danced and shook hands.

The NFL arguably saw a potential public relations snafu in fining Elliott for his celebration, especially given the news that the Salvation Army enjoyed a 61 percent increase in online donations since Elliott’s antics on Sunday.

To further foster goodwill for his kettle celebration, Elliott on Monday announced he would be donating a hefty sum to the Salvation Army.

The NFL have been criticized — some would suggest rightfully — for its inconsistency when meeting out fines related to celebrations, once again ushering in an increase in the use of “No Fun League” as its moniker.

Specifically addressing the complaints of Beckham and Bell, though, perhaps the only advice that can be dispensed to these two disgruntled stars is the next time they want to celebration, maybe try to incorporate a prop that will help raise awareness for a respected charity. It certainly worked for Elliott.

[CBS Sports]