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Antonio Brown Cleats Featuring Muhammad Ali Benched by League

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Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown wears cleats with boxer Muhammed Ali on them during warm ups before an NFL football game against the New York Jets in Pittsburgh on Sunday. (AP Photo/Fred Vuich)

By    |   Monday, 10 Oct 2016 11:56 AM

Antonio Brown was ordered to change his cleats with an image of late boxing champion Muhammad Ali on them during the Pittsburgh Steelers' game with the New York Jets on Sunday.

The All-Pro wide receiver played the Steelers' first two series at Heinz Field Sunday with the black and gold cleats with Ali's picture, before he was forced to switch to standard Nike footwear, Dean Blandino, the NFL's senior vice president of officiating told ESPN.

CBS Sports writer Ryan Wilson said the cleats snafu was just the latest incident where Brown had fun afoul of the league's rulebook.

"If this sounds familiar, it should; officials threatened to sit Brown at halftime if he didn't change his specialized cleats during the Week 3 game against the (Philadelphia) Eagles," Wilson wrote. "If it's not his footwear – last Sunday night, Brown honored Arnold Palmer – it's his hip-shakin' touchdown celebrations.

"Coach Mike Tomlin has asked for clarity from the league on what celebrations constitute a penalty but, in the meantime, as long as Brown remains one of the NFL's best pass catchers we're guessing he'll be allowed to continue to skirt the rules," Wilson continued.

The NFL fined Brown $24,309 for his touchdown celebration dance during the Steelers victory over the Kansas City Chiefs on Oct. 2, noted ESPN.

In Week 1 of the season, he was fined $12,154 for "twerking" after scoring a touchdown, which was based on a first offense classified as "excessive profanity, other unsportsmanlike conduct," noted ESPN.

Brown caught a touchdown in a 31-13 victory over the Jets.

Brown appeared to find support among some fans on social media.

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