One of the major complaints from last year’s NFL season was the league’s crackdown on touchdown celebrations. Mainly because it seemed to be a judgment call as to what is legal and what isn’t. There wasn’t clarity for players ahead of time. Now, the league has fixed that, to a degree.
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell released a statement Tuesday saying group celebrations, using the ball as a prop after touchdowns, going to the ground (such as making snow angels) are now allowed.
However, sexually suggestive celebrations, such as Von Miller’s pumps or Antonio Brown’s twerking, will be penalized. Despite the famous “Key & Peele” sketch that instituted a two-pump policy, Goodell jokingly sent a tweet Tuesday saying no pumps are allowed.
Even though there won’t be gyrating rears this season, the compromise between the league and players appears to be a good one. Goodell explained how the league officed came to this decision in a letter to fans.
“We know that you love the spontaneous displays of emotion that come after a spectacular touchdown. And players have told us they want more freedom to be able to express themselves and celebrate their athletic achievements. …
In my conversations with NFL players, it was also clear how much our players care about sportsmanship, clean competition, and setting good examples for young athletes. That is why offensive Cheap Jerseys MLB demonstrations, celebrations that are prolonged and delay the game, and those directed at an opponent, will still be penalized.
We know we have more work to do. We are grateful to the many current and retired players who engaged Cheap Jerseys Pay With Paypal with us on this topic and we look forward to ongoing dialogue with them as we continue to work to improve this game we all love.”