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Littering fine gets Emmanuel Sanders dumped from anti-littering campaign

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PITTSBURGH, PA - DECEMBER 04: Emmanuel Sanders #88 of the Pittsburgh Steelers celebrates a fumble recovery while playing the Cincinnati Bengals at Heinz Field on December 4, 2011 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

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Well, it seems like every member of the Steelers receiving corps is making news this week.

From the Steelers possibly dropping Mike Wallace’s restricted free agency tender by more than $2 million on Friday to Antonio Brown contending on NBC SportsTalk that he won’t handle his business next year the way Wallace has handled his business this year to, now, Emmanuel Sanders losing his spot in an anti-littering campaign after pleading guilty to, yes, littering.

According to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, the Pennsylvania Resources Council has pulled a television ad featuring Sanders telling people not to litter in the wake of Sanders and Brown pleading guilty to leaving boxes beside a private dumpster.

“I think littering is more throwing trash on the ground and knowing that you’re wrong for it,” Sanders said. “I actually put the trash in the trash can. That’s the big difference.”

But the biggest difference is that someone was paying for the privilege of using that trash can, and that someone wasn’t Sanders or Brown.

So it’s more like trespassing. With garbage.

Ultimately, Sanders and Brown did pay for the privilege of using the private trash can: $300 each plus court costs.