The 2016 NFL season saw noticeable drops in television viewership and increasing hostility from fans regarding the over-regulation of the players celebrations. Guys couldn’t get excited about anything on the field without seeing a flag and a fine for it, taking their “No Fun League” reputation to an entirely new level.
So this year, Roger Goodell and his merry band of fuddy-duddy rule-makers decided to rescind a few of their more egregious restrictions on celebrations. Players are now free to return to group celebrations & demonstrations, using the ball as prop after TDs and going to ground – which includes making snow angels.
However there are still some things the guys can’t do. The new rule forbids “prolonged acts, miming weapons, offensive gestures and sexually suggestive stuff” which apparently includes twerking – news that should be disappointing to the league’s preeminent twerker, Antonio Brown.
Brown was fined $24,309 for twerking in the end zone in 2016, racking up $57,733 in fines on the entire season. Still, he seems more than willing to forgive and forget (and presumably choreograph a new dance move) during this recent meeting with Roger Goodell.
— Antonio Brown (@AB84) June 19, 2017
“The best commish in the game. We’re allowed to celebrate now,” said Brown, to which Goodell responded by slapping him weirdly hard on the chest and saying, “let’s do it.”
Honestly dude, let’s not. I’m all for good relationships between players and coaches, but AB84 is one of the coolest players in all of football and he still couldn’t manage to help you earn any cred. It all just ends up feeling a little weird, and it’s going to be even more uncomfortable when Goodell 100% finds a way to find Brown at some point in 2017.