Watson fined $10,000

SAN JOSE, Calif. — Tight end Benjamin Watson’s shout-out to his expectant wife and the couple’s yet-to-be born bundle of joy has cost him a bundle of cash.

The NFL has fined Watson, who celebrated a touchdown against the Seahawks last week by sticking the ball under his jersey and patting it to imitate being pregnant, $10,000 for his gestation celebration.

Watson was flagged for a 15-yard unsportsmanlike conduct penalty following the pigskin faux pregnancy act, which came after he caught a 2-yard touchdown pass in the second quarter. The reason for the flag was using the football as a prop and that was the same reason that AFC information manager Corry Rush gave for the league fining Watson.

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Watson and his wife, Kirsten, are expecting their first child in February, and Watson said pantomiming pregnancy was intended as a salute to his wife and unborn child.

“I have a baby due February 1. It was a little shout-out to my wife back home in New England,” said Watson, after the Seattle game. “It wasn’t worth getting a penalty. I didn’t know that I would get a flag. …I wasn’t trying to taunt anybody; that was just to her. It will be a little baby girl.”

At the least, Watson will have an entertaining story to tell his daughter some day.

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