Josh Norman isn’t happy about the NFL’s crackdown on players celebrating on-field success. He was rather dumbfounded when the NFL penalized and fined him for his bow-and-arrow celebration a couple weeks back.
Afterwards, he wondered why the league doesn’t want its players to have fun on the field (more on that here).
Not deterred for one second, Norman is looking for a new way to tick off the league by attempting to skirt the rules this Sunday when Washington takes on the Detroit Lions.
“I’ll say this,” Norman said this week, via USA Today. “Since they sell beer on TV while kids are watching it, I’m thinking I might open a keg on the field, and I’m going to drink it on the field. And I don’t see that being on the rule book.”
Now, he didn’t say how he would drink it. But we’re pretty sure the only way to bust out a trick like this is to go full bore. That means a keg stand is in order.
What Norman might want to consider before following through with his latest celebratory skit is that the NFL actually does have a rule against using props during a celebration. This hearkens back to Terrell Owens using a pen and even popcorn after his touchdowns some years back.
As pointed out by Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio, Vernon Davis was penalized and fined more than $12,000 for using the goal posts as a prop this past week on a basketball shot through the uprights.
More power to Norman if he wants to raise the ire of the league by spitting in the face of its ridiculous policy against celebrations. But if he does follow through, he should expect severe backlash.
If there is one thing we know for a certainty, it’s this: The NFL will not be made to look bad.
Unless, of course, it is the one making itself look bad, such as we saw the past couple of days as the Josh Brown fiasco unfolded before our eyes.