Beer party not fine by league

WES GILBERTSON

, Last Updated: 9:53 AM ET

Brandon Browner offered to pay for the beer.

Turns out, six bucks and change won't quite cover it.

The Calgary Stampeders all-star cornerback was fined an undisclosed amount yesterday for what the CFL called "excessive celebration," the fallout from Browner grabbing a brew from a fan and pouring it into his mouth after fellow defensive back Dwight Anderson returned an interception for a major in Friday's 44-9 thumping of the Toronto Argonauts at McMahon Stadium.

So much for toasting a teammate.

"I didn't mean any disrespect," Browner said in a statement yesterday. "It was just something I did in the heat of the moment. I was excited and having fun. I jumped in the crowd and threw a drink in my face. Next time, I'll show better judgment."

Anderson's 52-yard interception return put the hosts ahead 34-9, pretty much assuring the Stampeders would snap a two-game skid and post their first victory of the season.

After reaching the endzone, Anderson jumped into the crowd to celebrate. Browner, one of Calgary's three defensive captains, followed Anderson's lead, doing his own impression of the famed Lambeau Leap.

While seated on the railing, Browner grabbed a beer and poured it through his helmet and into his mouth.

When asked about his suds shower, the 24-year-old seemed surprised anybody had noticed.

"I didn't think it was a beer -- I thought it was water," Browner said with a sly grin. "Did you see that? I was just having some fun with the fans. I will buy her another one if she wants one."

A photo of Browner chugging the cold one was published on the front page of Saturday's Calgary Sun. The four fans in the picture, including the owner of the beer, were laughing and smiling.

Apparently, CFL commissioner Mark Cohon wasn't as amused.

The league announced yesterday -- about three hours after the Stamps finished practice at McMahon Stadium -- Browner was one of two players fined for excessive celebrations during the third week of the regular season.

B.C. Lions slotback Paris Jackson was also fined. After scoring a TD against the Edmonton Eskimos, Jackson peeled off his cleats and pretended his feet were on fire as he danced at Commonwealth Stadium.

"The CFL encourages players to enjoy the touchdown moment and celebrate," the league said in a two-paragraph statement. "However, excessive celebrations that include the removal of equipment, the use of foreign objects or that delay the game will not be tolerated."


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