Steelers receiver Emmanuel Sanders was scrapped as the face of an anti-littering campaign after he was fined for failing to put out the trash properly, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reported.
Sanders appeared earlier in the week in Allegheny County Common Pleas Court alongside teammate Antonio Brown as the pair pleaded guilty to leaving boxes behind a private dumpster in the Beltzhoover neighborhood of Pittsburgh.
Both were fined $300 plus court costs, before state officials confirmed they would refuse to use a local television ad that featured Sanders encouraging people not to litter.
The campaign ad also later was dropped from the campaign’s website.
Speaking during a break from Steelers minicamp, Sanders suggested his public appeal could be recycled given he apparently didn’t mean to litter.
"I think littering is more throwing trash on the ground and knowing that you’re wrong for it," he told the Tribune-Review. "I actually put the trash in the trash can. That’s the big difference."