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Hypocritical NFL Still Profiting Off Antoine Winfield Jr.'s Taunting Fine

Isaiah De Los Santos
Antoine Winfield's taunt against Tyreek Hill in the Super Bowl is now being used on merchandise.
Antoine Winfield's taunt against Tyreek Hill in the Super Bowl is now being used on merchandise. / Patrick Smith/GettyImages

One of the most memorable plays from Super Bowl LV involved Antoine Winfield Jr. and Tyreek Hill. Winfield broke up a fourth down throw intended for Hill near the end of the game, got up, then used Hill's own signature celebration (the peace sign) against him and drew a taunting penalty.

It's one of the greatest moments in sports trash-talking history, and it earned Winfield a hefty fine from the league office. But now the NFL is using that same gesture to sell t-shirts.

Antoine WInfield Jr. Peace

This is a hypocritical decision by the NFL. They deemed the celebration as taunting and something that doesn't belong on the field, but they're now also actively profiting off of this iconic moment.

Handing down a fine for a gesture, then turning around and using that same gesture on merchandise is a poor look. Either the celebration was too egregious and worth nearly an $8K fine, or it actually wasn't bad at all and deserves to be on NFL-branded merch.

This two-sidedness from the league office isn't anything new, but it is disappointing. At least that play will live on forever in all its glory.

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