Jacksonville Jaguars defensive end Yannick Ngakoue celebrated a sack by emulating a comedy skit and on Saturday, the league fined him $13,369.
Ngakoue celebrated a sack in Friday’s game against the Minnesota Vikings by doing three pelvic thrusts, a move from the Hingle McCringleberry sketch on the Comedy Central show “Key and Peele.”
In the skit, a rookie receiver named Hingle McCringleberry gets penalized for excessive celebrations for “three pumps” when the rule book states celebrations can only have two pumps.
“I did not know that would be a penalty, but you know, it is what it is,” Ngakoue told reporters. “You learn from it, and you got to move forward.”
After the game, Ngakoue was asked if he needs to come up with a new celebration. He said he already has several other celebrations planned.
“No man, I got celebration for days coming and that was just one,” he said
Ngakoue, 23, is in the third year of a four-year, $3.48 million deal and will make $735,101 this season.
Since entering the league as Jacksonville’s third-round pick in 2016 out of Maryland, Ngakoue has 20 sacks, 10 forced fumbles and 53 tackles in 32 games (31 starts). He led the league with six forced fumbles last season and was named to his first Pro Bowl as an injury replacement.