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Crimes and Misdemeanors: Eddie Johnson fined for gesture to Fire fans

Seattle Sounders v Chicago Fire

BRIDGEVIEW, IL - APRIL 28: Eddie Johnson #7 of the Seattle Sounders FC and Daniel Paladini #11 of the Chicago Fire struggle for the ball in the first half during their MLS match at Toyota Park on April 28, 2012 in Bridgeview, Illinois. (Photo by John Gress/Getty Images)

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Don’t expect us to show you film of this one, though it’s sad to note that the unruly behavior didn’t say on the field at Toyota Park.

Seattle Sounders forward Eddie Johnson, who put home his first goal since rejoining Major League Soccer, has been fined by MLS’s Disciplinary Committee for making an inappropriate gesture when leaving the field after Saturday’s match in Chicago.

Think of all the conclusively unacceptable gestures you could possibly make. It shouldn’t take long. Johnson probably did one of those, and although MLS doesn’t disclose how much MLS W.O.R.K.S. benefits from player indiscretions, it’s hard to see something regularly seen from disgruntled drivers as worth a fine from your employers ...

Assuming we’re all thinking of the same gesture, of course.

It’s not the best way to celebrate your first goal of the season. Obviously, there were a number of issues after Saturday’s game, and Eddie’s may be the least of them. But acting out at fans is a completely different ball game.

On field drama is often hard to avoid. In this case, Johnson could have just held his tongue (or, hands) for a few more seconds until he hit the locker room.

It’s a mistake we see all the time (especially this particular one), and while MLS is appropriately discouraging the behavior, it’s not that big of a deal. It’s hard to get too worked up over this kind of momentary indiscretion.