CFL player fined after ‘tribute’

Published 12:50 am Friday, July 3, 2009

TORONTO (AP) — The Canadian Football League has fined Toronto Argonauts receiver Arland Bruce because it wasn’t thrilled with his tribute to Michael Jackson after scoring a touchdown.

The league announced Thursday it fined Bruce an undisclosed amount for his ‘‘excessive actions.’’

After scoring on a 21-yard pass to put Toronto ahead 6-0, Bruce removed his helmet, shoulder pads and uniform top, then laid down in the end zone.

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Bruce said he was honoring the memory of Jackson by pretending to be buried.

Bruce received two objectionable conduct penalties for his actions during the game, which the Argonauts won 30-17 on Wednesday night.