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NFL fines Terrell Owens

Sept. 19, 2007 at 9:28 PM

NEW YORK, Sept. 19 (UPI) -- The National Football League Wednesday fined Dallas Cowboys receiver Terrell Owens $7,500 for an end-zone celebration he performed Sunday.

Owens caught a touchdown pass against Miami and ran to the goal post, which he used as a shield while he pretended to run a movie camera pointed toward the Dolphins' bench.

It was an obvious reaction to the controversy surrounding the New England Patriots involvement in filming opposing defensive coaches -- a rules violation that brought a heavy fine against New England from the NFL last week.

Owens said his future celebrations would have to be toned down because "nothing is worth getting a fine for."

Dallas Coach Wade Phillips said he had encouraged Owens not to perform future end-zone acts because the resulting penalties "hurt the team."

Phillips said he initially did not see what Owens had done.

"I was too busy celebrating the touchdown," Phillips said.