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Bills Stevie Johnson Fined $10k For Plaxico Shooting Celebration & Why He Should Appeal

by Robert Littal | Posted on Wednesday, November 30th, 2011

What exactly is this fine for?

He wasn’t taunting.

He got a penalty for falling to the ground not the dance.

In the NFL is having a lack of class or doing something in bad taste a finable offense now?  While you mull that over here are the details.

Bills receiver Stevie Johnson has been fined $10,000 by the NFL for his touchdown celebration against the Jets last week, a person with knowledge of the fine confirmed. That person requested anonymity because the league has not announced the amount of the fine.


Johnson drew a 15-yard unsportsmanlike conduct penalty during the game after excessively celebrating in the end zone after scoring a 5-yard touchdown in the first half. Johnson first mocked Jets receiver Plaxico Burress’ self-shooting incident, mimicking shooting himself in the leg. He then imitated receiver Santonio Holmes’ “Flight Boys” jet plane move and crashed into the turf.

I find it funny the Jets and specifically Rex Ryan have an issue with Johnson.  The same Ryan who himself just was fined for cursing at a fan and is the poster boy for borderline classless comments.

The reason Johnson should appeal is because there have been many players who have “mocked” other players or events in their TD celebrations and to my understanding none of them have been fined.

I am about consistency and being fair.  Would a player be fined if he scored on the Eagles and started barking in the end zone?  If a player scored against the Steelers and started to sexually assault the goalpost would they be fined?

Furthermore, and I think this is the real question you should ask yourself.

If Stevie Johnson catches the winning touchdown pass does Bob Costas get on his soapbox and would the NFL have dropped $10k on Johnson?

I think you know the answer to that.

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  1. MJ says:

    Rob, the reason why the fine is appropriate and justified is because of him imitating shooting himself with a gun. It’s not about celebrating or mocking other players because that’s done numerous times throughout every game. There is nothing entertaining about someone imitating shooting themself. That’s not the type of image you want thousands of kids to see from athletes on any level. We have to stop making excuses for these players and hold them accountable.

  2. A.C says:

    This fined was really handed down by the ESPNFL. Two weeks ago, there was a player that crawled and did a “machine gun dance” but I don’t think he was fined by the ESPNFL.

  3. GQTrojan says:

    Lol, Robert, let’s be real about this. We’re not talking T.O. mocking Ray Lewis’ pregame dance or Hines Ward mocking Ochocinco’s River Dance. I think you know darn well that fining a player for mocking another player/event would all depend on the incident being mocked. It’s a relatively easy judgment call by the league, much easier than determining if some violent hits are helmet to helmet.

    Stevie Johnson’s fine wasn’t for “mocking” another player—the fine was for the nature of the mocking. The NFL doesn’t want or need any of its players holding mock guns to shoot themselves or anyone else during a game. What makes Johnson’s celebration even worse is the fact that it was based on an actual incident that happened to Burress. Gun violence is something the league doesn’t wanna get anywhere near, so they will punish those who even toy with the idea of using a gun to shoot someone (or themselves) whether real or mocked.

    That’s what happened with Gilbert Arenas last year when he had the audacity to do a pre-game six-shooter celebration. He got fined because he mocked the act of using guns, AND he had just recently gotten punished for bringing REAL guns into an NBA locker room which happened to be another real incident.

    And I’m sure if any player performed a simulated sex act during a game, there would be hell to pay for that player whether they were purposely mocking Ben Roethlisberger’s sexual assault case or not. As far as mocking Vick is concerned, a player would likely be fined for simulated anything having to do with dogfighting because it’s based on REAL violent acts that actually happened.

    Again, let’s keep this 100. It’s pretty safe to say that sex and/or violence incorporated into TD celebrations will pretty much guarantee that players get fined, especially when those celebrations are based on real life events.

  4. John says:

    I agree with what MJ and GQTrojan. On top of that we’ve seen fines for touchdown celebrations that we’re not as bad. Other people are upset also that he did the plane with his arms out and crashed onto the ground so this celebration can be viewed in many different lights.

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