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T.J. Watt Reveals Unfortunate Reason He Was Fined By NFL

Steelers pass rusher TJ Watt on the field

PITTSBURGH, PA - JANUARY 03: Pittsburgh Steelers outside linebacker T.J. Watt (90) looks on during the game against the Cleveland Browns and the Pittsburgh Steelers on January 03, 2022 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, PA. (Photo by Mark Alberti/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

A joke Pittsburgh Steelers star linebacker T.J. Watt made during a radio appearance last month wound up costing him in his wallet.

During an appearance on The Dan Patrick Show, Watt said he checked his phone at halftime of his team's regular season finale to see if he had been credited for a sack for taking down Ravens quarterback Tyler Huntley after a botched snap.

Checking your phone during a game is a no-no according to NFL rules. This week, Watt appeared on Pardon My Take and said even though he was only kidding about looking at his phone, the league still docked him 10 grand.

“I jokingly said that I checked my phone of halftime of the Baltimore game, and the NFL took it as a real saying and fined me $10,000,” Watt said. “It’s just one of those things where I’m allowed to have my phone on me at all 90 minutes before the game, or during halftime.”

Not only did Watt get fined for this, but he also wasn't ultimately given credit for a sack on the play and had to settle for tying Michael Strahan for the single-season record with 22.5 quarterback takedowns.

However, Watt was named NFL Defensive Player of the Year last week, which is a decent consolation prize, and we're pretty sure his bank account can handle a $10,000 loss.

[ Pro Football Talk ]