Report: Rams’ Marcus Peters fined $13,000 for ‘touchdown plunge’
Los Angeles Rams cornerback Marcus Peters will be fined $13,000 for his touchdown celebration on the game-sealing pick-6 in the team’s 33-13 victory over the Oakland Raiders on Monday night, according to Yahoo Sports’ Jordan Schultz.
With the Rams up 26-13 and the two-minute warning approaching, Peters picked off Derek Carr’s throw and took it 50 yards to the house. As he approached the end zone, Peters ripped off Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch’s signature celebration by diving backwards over the goal line while grabbing his crotch:
MARCUS PETERS IN OAKLAND pic.twitter.com/NOjIb2ag3F
— The Checkdown (@thecheckdown) September 11, 2018
It should be noted that Peters is both from Oakland and a friend of Lynch, so this probably was not as disrespectful as it seemed and was just a friendly way to trash talk. This video of Peters mic’d up during the game would seem to confirm that:
— Marcus Peters (@marcuspeters) September 13, 2018
This $13,000 fine will surely be worth it for Peters after he sealed this victory in his hometown. It was a great way to cap off the 25-year-old’s first game with Los Angeles.
Peters spent the first three seasons of his career with the Kansas City Chiefs, where he was a Pro Bowler twice and was named first-team All-Pro in 2016. He was no stranger to fines with the Chiefs, though, as he racked up a $9,115 fine for a helmet hit on Carr and a $24,309 fine for unsportsmanlike conduct in a game against the New York Jets last season. The incident against the Jets, which involved him tossing an official’s flag into the crowd, resulted in a one-game suspension.
Kansas City traded Peters and a 2018 sixth-round pick to Los Angeles for a 2018 fourth-round pick and a 2019 sixth-round pick. His interception against the Raiders was the 20th regular-season pick of his young career. He also has two postseason interceptions.