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Steelers’ Burress Gets $5,000 Fine

October 31, 2002

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PITTSBURGH (AP) _ Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Plaxico Burress was fined $5,000 Thursday by the NFL for an on-field tantrum caused when the Ravens’ James Trapp yanked off his helmet Sunday.

The fine was automatic because Burress was ejected. Burress had caught two touchdown passes when he was tossed late in the first half of the Steelers’ 31-18 victory.

The fight started when Steelers receiver Antwaan Randle El sent Ravens cornerback Trapp out of bounds after Trapp intercepted Tommy Maddox’s pass. Trapp got up angrily, and several players exchanged words. Trapp jumped on Burress and pulled off his helmet, resulting in Trapp’s ejection.

Shortly after that, Burress ran to the defense of Steelers receiver Hines Ward, who was surrounded by several Ravens following an altercation with linebacker Edgerton Hartwell.

Ward plans to give Burress a $2,500 gift to cover half the fine. NFL rules prohibit players from paying fines for teammates.

``He’s out there battling with me and I respect the guy for doing that,″ Ward said. ``He didn’t have to come out there and try to help me out.″

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