The National Football League has a problem with players from Miami expressing themselves. How else can one explain the recent crackdown on Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown, a former two-way sport star at Miami Norland Senior High?

During the first quarter of the Steelers’ game versus the New York Jets on Oct. 10, Brown was forced to change his customized cleats honoring the late Muhammad Ali to a solid black pair after an NFL representative threatened to eject him from the game. Yet, the league had no problem the week before when Brown wore cleats honoring the recently departed golfer Arnold Palmer when Pittsburgh played Kansas City.

The policing of Brown’s cleats came on the heels of the NFL fining him $34,463 for “sexually suggestive” behavior after he scored touchdowns in two separate games. His alleged crime was celebrating by doing the Doo-Doo Brown dance, which is named after one my songs. These days, it’s known as twerking to make it more acceptable to the masses. Brown is appealing the last fine for $24,000 and is not backing down. “You have to have fun,” he told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazzette. “I can’t stop having fun.”

Of course, NFL apologists like ESPN talking heads Max Kellerman and Stephen A. Smith were quick to defend the fines against Brown. “I don’t have a problem fining a player inclouding Brown for twerking or whatever you want to call it,” Kellerman said. Added Smith: “I understand the a brown fine. You don’t want something sexually suggestive.”

This goes to show you the hypocrisy of the NFL. On the one hand, Commissioner Roger Goodell and his tight-ass executives claim they are promoting clean, wholesome family entertainment. Yet, every team has half-naked cheerleaders in cut-offs and booty shorts on the sidelines. During timeouts, they do dance routines you would normally see at Tootsie’s Cabaret and other Miami strip clubs.

And it’s obvious the NFL engages in selective enforcement because the league hasn’t fined Arizona Cardinals wide receiver John Brown’s touchdown dance, which is very similar to Antonio Brown’s. In fact, the Cardinals player’s celebration is featured in the video game Madden NFL 17.

The NFL needs to understand that players from Miami have tremendous passion for the game. Brown and others like him should be allowed to express their happiness after scoring a touchdown.

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