The single stupidest move an NFL player can make during a game is to actually go through with his ridiculously choreographed celebration dance.
Yes, I am one of the apparent few who does not tune in to a football game to watch players dance. If you do find yourself to be one of the many viewers who does tune in to an NFL game to enjoy watching men gyrate their hips and make kissy faces, perhaps you need to check your manhood card at the door.
In 2009, John Clayton, of ESPN, wrote about the league and how the owners took a 29-3 vote in favor of giving officials the power to penalize any team with unsportsmanlike conduct 15 yards on the ensuing kickoff for a player or players who conduct excessive celebrations anywhere on the field.
Seven years later and one again the NFL is making a point to curb excessive celebrations. I, for one, am happy see the smack down, although I don’t think the league goes far enough to stop idiotic celebrations.
The NFL bylaws—2000 Resolution G-3A—specifically state that the “Competition Committee is concerned about overall on-field player conduct, including (1) celebratory acts taking place on the playing field that go beyond the natural, spontaneous expressions of exuberance that add to the excitement of NFL games, (2) actions that are sexually suggestive or can be otherwise be construed as being in poor taste, and (3) actions that are unsportsmanlike toward officials.”
Now, I am not against a spike, dunk or any other act that is truly an act of spontaneous exuberance after a score. But those acts that are clearly choreographed like the ridiculous dances players concoct should be flagged, not just for unsportsmanlike, but for stupidity alone. If you, as a player, actually took the time to dream up some idiotic dance moves, how much time did you waste not studying or practicing for the game itself?
Antonio Brown! Can you hear me? Or am I taking away from your dance practice? Unbelievable. Unbelievably stupid is what it is. But at least he scored a touchdown.
What really irks the utter s***t out of me are the players, with teams losing by as much as four touchdowns, who dance, wiggle and jiggle after they make a play. One play out of 200 on the day, I might add. This player could have been getting beat on every play before, but gets one good lick on his opponent and all of a sudden it’s as if he just won the Super Bowl single handedly.
I remember last year two Oakland Raiders I think it was, while losing the game, made a great play on defense and decided run behind the offense about 20 yards to celebrate together. Meanwhile, the offense ran the next play and voila. Penalty on the defense for being offsides. Morons. Complete and utter morons.
This is the kind of stupid that should be bred out of society. But no. We reward these people with more money than 20 average people could ever see in a lifetime. The least we could do is penalize these players even if they don’t commit “normal” penalties. Amen!
Raiders’ Antonio Brown Threatens ESPN’s Ryan Clark
Oakland Raiders wide receiver Antonio Brown doesn’t appreciate the constant comments made by former Steelers teammate and current ESPN analyst Ryan Clark, and is threatening to handle it physically should he sees him.
Brown made his threat public, directed towards Clark on Twitter.
Bro stop mentioning my name I know it get u clout keep that same analysis energy next time we meet it’s on site ain’t gone spare u https://t.co/ks4YVRFLTx— Antonio Brown (@AB84) April 25, 2019
Brown is no stranger to making threats, and stirring up drama, especially on social media, and FOX Sports host Skip Bayless added his own hot take to the fire.
Uh, Antonio Brown, trust me, you want NO PART of Ryan Clark. You'd get hit harder than you've ever been hit on a football field. Better keep taking your shots from your keyboard.— Skip Bayless (@RealSkipBayless) April 25, 2019
Chiefs’ Tyreek Hill Not Facing Child Abuse Charges
Kansas City Chiefs star wide receiver Tyreek Hill, or his fiancee will not face charges, as the Johnson County (Kansas) District Attorney’s office has declined charges against the pair, according to ESPN.
However, there is a wrinkle as District Attorney Stephen M. Howe said that although he believes that a crime occurred, the evidence in the case doesn’t clearly establish who committed the crime.
Back on March 14th, Overland Park, Kansas officers were called to Hill’s home to investigate an alleged battery in which a juvenile was a victim, police reports indicated.
While Hill was not listed in the report, his fiancee Crystal Espinal was listed under “others involved.”
The Kansas Department of Children and Families has been investigating the alleged battery.
“This office has reviewed all the evidence compiled by these agencies and has declined to file charges against Tyreek Hill and Crystal Espinal,” Howe said on Wednesday during a news conference.
“We are deeply troubled by this situation and are concerned about the health and welfare of the child in question. We believe a crime has occurred. However, the evidence in this case does not conclusively establish who committed this crime.”
This wasn’t the first incident involving the Hill residence as officers were called to the home on March 5th to investigate a report of child abuse or neglect.
In that situation, Hill was named on the police report, but the Overland Park police closed the case three days later when prosecution was declined.
Hill could still face discipline from the NFL, such as a fine and/or suspension.
Broncos’ Von Miller Avoids Charges for Bloody Shark Photo on Instagram
Denver Broncos superstar linebacker Von Miller will not face charges for catching and posing with a bloody hammerhead shark back in 2018, according to documents from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (h/t Deadspin).
Miller came under fire for a controversial photo posted on his Instagram story last year showing him with the bloody shark.
According to Florida Law, catching and releasing in this particular scenario would be fine, as long as the shark was “immediately returned to the water free, alive, and unharmed.”
Per TMZ Sports, Miller and the group pushed the shark back overboard after catching it, and the compilation of Miller’s Instagram story shows that process as well as the shark swimming away.
Despite that, and as Deadspin’s story points out, the picture doesn’t exactly 100% convince that the shark was “unharmed”.
According to USA Today, the boat Miller was on was called ‘Spellbound’ and the owner and operator of the boat were not as fortunate as Miller in regards to the investigation.
“Owner and operator were charged under the Magnuson-Stevens Act for fishing for sharks without the proper permit and for failure to release a shark in the manner that will ensure maximum probability of survival. A $2,000 NOVA was issued.”
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission classifies hammerhead sharks as a Group 3 shark, and harvesting them in state waters can be met with a second degree misdemeanor.
In the state of Florida, second-degree misdemeanors are punishable by up to a $500 fine and 60 days in jail, as determined by a judge.
Miller defended himself following the post, claiming that the shark didn’t die; “Everybody knows that I hunt and fish. It’s what I do” Miller said (h/t ESPN).
“But I also believe in conservation. I’m not just out there going crazy. We followed the rules. I did everything I was supposed to do.”
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