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Jets and Bills react to Stevie Johnson’s celebration

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Plaxico Burress didn’t have much to say about Stevie Johnson’s choice to mock the self-inflicted gunshot wound that sent Burress to prison.

Burress said he didn’t have a problem with Johnson pretending to shoot himself in the leg after a second quarter touchdown pass in Sunday’s 28-24 Jets win. Bob Raissman of the New York Daily News reports that Burress said “I’ve seen worse, I’ve heard worse” in the locker room after the game. His teammates had a different reaction.

Brandon Moore: That’s classy. A classy act on his part, I guess.

Santonio Holmes: I think it was a selfish, classless act on his behalf.

Dustin Keller: He’s an idiot for that one… It’s not funny, it’s not comical at all, he should be embarrassed.

The Jets got the last laugh when a wide-open Johnson dropped what might have been a touchdown pass on the final Bills possession of the game. His celebration also wound up costing the Bills 15 yards on the ensuing kickoff, yards that came in handy when Dave Rayner kicked the ball right into Jets blocker Emmanuel Cook. The Jets wound up with a touchdown just before the half as a result of the flag and kick.

That penalty was on the Bills’ minds after the game. Coach Chan Gailey said that Johnson needs to be smarter and use better judgment at critical moments. Johnson berated himself for the “stupid” penalty he said wound up costing the Bills the game.

“It was a bad decision and it hurt our team….I need to be more mature than that.”
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56 Responses to “Jets and Bills react to Stevie Johnson’s celebration”
  1. walker615 says: Nov 27, 2011 5:30 PM

    People gotta chill out about this. I don’t see why it was such a big deal, definitely creative. I found it funny.

  2. wtf_seriously says: Nov 27, 2011 5:32 PM

    Maybe Stevie J. should have caught those two passes at the end of the game. I guess if Plaxico was classless, he could have mocked that, or referenced it in his press comment.

    Enjoy the trip back to Buffalo, boys.

  3. axltcu says: Nov 27, 2011 5:36 PM

    It was dumb, almost as dumb as actually shooting yourself in the leg.

  4. ironhawk says: Nov 27, 2011 5:36 PM

    It didn’t really bother me. He wasn’t really hurt by the gunshot, and it wasn’t like he was some poor innocent guy who got shot, dude shot himself.

  5. masochisticjetsfan says: Nov 27, 2011 5:36 PM

    Plax > Stevie Johnson

  6. jcspiggle says: Nov 27, 2011 5:37 PM

    The Jets won.

  7. dylanmusicfane says: Nov 27, 2011 5:39 PM

    nothing wrong with it AT ALL. and why are people so worried about “class” with the NFL? get over yourselves and stay classy posters. lmao.

  8. uvmcatamounts says: Nov 27, 2011 5:49 PM

    Yes, because as we all know, the Jets are the epitome of class.

  9. tebowspeech says: Nov 27, 2011 5:50 PM

    Stevie should have done the ultimate Santonio Holmes impression and actually catch the game winning TD.

  10. bearsrulepackdrool says: Nov 27, 2011 5:52 PM

    It’s always funny when the Jets call someone classless.

  11. spfripp says: Nov 27, 2011 5:53 PM

    It was inappropriate but you have to admit it was funny. His dropped pass was the perfect example of karma.

  12. greggo1545 says: Nov 27, 2011 5:55 PM

    Butttttt your head coach tell fans to f- off or your CB cutting off a radio host or your team talking more trash, etc than the rest of the league combined is totally classy and acceptable. I mean Darelle Revis talks about being scared of being bored from playing the Broncos, then the Jets lose. Look Jets, if you talk and walk like you do, then this is totally fine. You actually should expect this stuff more often.

  13. whatchutalkinabouthillis says: Nov 27, 2011 5:57 PM

    I didn’t find the celebration particularly funny but I saw nothing wrong with it. I’m just waiting for someone to come out and criticize him for doing a plane crashing celebration in NYC. In this PC society you know it’s just a matter of time…

  14. gavinmac says: Nov 27, 2011 5:57 PM

    The worst part of the celebration was when he mimicked Snatonoio Holmes’ airplane routine and then “crashed” to the ground, picking up the automatic 15 yard penalty for going to the ground.

    I won’t call the penalty stupid. It was definitely selfish. He knew exactly what he was doing, and the celebration was premeditated. He made a conscious decision to engage in behavior that he knew would cost his team a 15 yard penalty (thus slightly decreasing his team’s chances of winning the game) just so that he could get himself on Sportscenter and improve his name recognition.

    His teammates should be disgusted by it for that reason.

  15. johnnycash19 says: Nov 27, 2011 5:57 PM

    Plaxico Burress didn’t have much to say
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    Ok, story over. If Burress doesn’t have a problem with it then no one should.

  16. rcphillips81 says: Nov 27, 2011 5:58 PM

    I didnt think it was that bad, people should be more worried about the two easy touchdowns he dropped that could have won the game for them.

  17. raynman49 says: Nov 27, 2011 5:59 PM

    Catch the ball Stevie! You haven’t earned the right to mock anybody yet!

  18. TheWizard says: Nov 27, 2011 6:00 PM

    Does anybody have more critical drops than this guy?

  19. maxvv says: Nov 27, 2011 6:02 PM

    I thought it was hilarious. Thought his drops were even funnier, too.

    It’s a shame, because if Johnson can ever get out of his own way, he has the talent to be a top receiver. Dude’s made Revis look mortal twice now this season.

  20. jerseyshoregiant says: Nov 27, 2011 6:03 PM

    He didn’t get the flag for pretending to shoot himself! He got the flag for diving on the ground in the end zone during “crash landing” as he was mocking the celebration Holmes does.

  21. rmm9090 says: Nov 27, 2011 6:03 PM

    Dumb? Yeah.
    Funny? Hell yeeah!
    Man, that was the best TD celebration I’ve seen in years. Too bad the ensuing penalty cost them a score on the very next drive.

  22. randomguy9999 says: Nov 27, 2011 6:04 PM

    what’s wrong with it is
    -they know they are getting watched for penalties on celebrations,
    -they know that if they get flagged it’s 15 yards
    -they know they are often taunting and daring the other team

    but they still do it…. what good is making a TD if you piss off the other team and give them a 15 yard boost resulting in them scoring?

    it’s the stupidest thing players do in the NFL… and that’s saying something…

  23. 8man says: Nov 27, 2011 6:14 PM

    Somone said it, Johnson dropped two critical and catchable passes at the end of the game.

    Bills unofficially finished for the year and the Jets remain alive.

    I welcome all the Bills fans from week 3 who celebrated the comeback win over the Patriots like it was a Super Bowl and made predictions that the Bills were ready to ascend to the top of the division to share their feelings.

  24. schmokes says: Nov 27, 2011 6:16 PM

    Let’s tell it like it is. Johnson wasn’t penalized for pretending to shoot himself in the leg. After the little dance, when he was running back to the sideline, he dropped to the ground and rolled. That’s what he was penalized for, can’t go to the ground for a td celebrations.

    It had nothing to do with the Plax dance.

  25. dd393 says: Nov 27, 2011 6:28 PM

    Only difference is that Stevie missed.

  26. elmoron says: Nov 27, 2011 6:28 PM

    He wasn’t imitating Holmes when crash landing. He was demonstrating the weight of his concrete hands.

  27. buffalotears says: Nov 27, 2011 6:35 PM

    SJ13 is not all to blame on the Jets TD after his penalty. Rayner miskicked the kickoff and gave the Jets great field position. Furthermore, the Bills secondary left Plax wide open in the endzone for the score. While Johnson’s penalty was costly, it wasn’t his entire fault.

  28. Deb says: Nov 27, 2011 6:35 PM

    walker615 says:

    People gotta chill out about this. I don’t see why it was such a big deal, definitely creative. I found it funny.
    ===================================
    Creative? Oh brother.

    For some inexplicable reason, the NFL won’t allow genuine, heartfelt celebration. Players can’t remove their helmets, or hug and jump for joy–heaven forbid, they might fall to the ground in a pile! They can’t get excited and show team spirit, which is what the game is about.

    At least it was flagged, but Johnson’s performance was no different than Dolphins LB Brian Cox walking out of the tunnel in Buffalo two decades ago, flipping the bird to the whole stadium. That’s not spontaneous celebration. It’s choreographed, pre-rehearsed, in-your-face, me-me-me stuff designed to stick it to specific players, coaches, or to a city. It doesn’t require creativity to be a jerk.

  29. mrnickles says: Nov 27, 2011 6:41 PM

    Let’s tell it like it is. Johnson wasn’t penalized for pretending to shoot himself in the leg. After the little dance, when he was running back to the sideline, he dropped to the ground and rolled. That’s what he was penalized for, can’t go to the ground for a td celebrations.

    It had nothing to do with the Plax dance.
    __________

    Yes, but the fine that the NFL imposes certainly will.

    Smooth move, Stevie. Thanks for helping the Jets to a much needed win….jackass.

  30. steeltuff says: Nov 27, 2011 6:47 PM

    If Stevie Johnson would have spent less time in practice orchestrating his Plaxico-mocking and more time looking the ball into his hands, maybe he wouldn’t seem like such a dork now.

  31. eaglesandflyers says: Nov 27, 2011 6:51 PM

    “He’s an idiot for that one.”

    At least he didn’t actually shoot himself like your teammate did.

  32. stanmark says: Nov 27, 2011 6:53 PM

    8man says: Nov 27, 2011 6:14 PM
    I welcome all the Bills fans from week 3 who celebrated the comeback win over the Patriots like it was a Super Bowl and made predictions that the Bills were ready to ascend to the top of the division to share their feelings.

    ___________________________________

    Well, 13 on IR.
    4 WR’s 3 of them starters.
    Best O-Lineman, Best D-Lineman.
    Best Corner.
    Best Offensive Player.
    And there’s more.

    I’d say that about sums it up. What ever bitterness left over from week 3 needs to be stifled, because after Brady is gone in a few years, Foxboro is going to regress back into not being allowed to host night games. Fun fact that I bet you didn’t know.

  33. jetsarestacked says: Nov 27, 2011 6:57 PM

    the best part is how plex made a clutch season saving one handed catch on the sidelines on the jets winning drive. meanwhile, stevie johnson was celebrating all game while he had a big game vs revis only to come up small when it mattered the most.

    btw, this was by far the worst game of revis’ career and he only allowed 8 catches for like 70 yards. and a few of those catches were because of perfect throws by fitzpatrick.

  34. eleventyeight says: Nov 27, 2011 6:58 PM

    Honestly, I can’t believe how the NFL is trying to legislate attitude out of a game that requires players to have a TON of attitude in order to simply be IN this league.

    The NFL is like my schizoid girlfriend- she’s hot, sexy and a lot of fun but DAMN: she can be annoying.

    Somebody in the league offices needs to sit down and DECIDE which direction this game will take in the future.

  35. tiffpats4eva says: Nov 27, 2011 6:58 PM

    It was funny. It would have been even funnier had Stevie Johnson closed the deal by catching at least one of those TD passes.

  36. redbullenergydrink says: Nov 27, 2011 7:08 PM

    I think reactions would be completely different if it had been a Jets player mocking a Bills player.

  37. 13fitzj says: Nov 27, 2011 7:09 PM

    The best impression that Stevie did today was the impression of himself in OT against Pittsburgh last year.

  38. frankiefiveangels says: Nov 27, 2011 7:16 PM

    Why do the Jets fans think its funny when Ryan pops off, Bart Scott says the Patriots defense “can’t stop a nose bleed” and Cromartie calls Tom Brady an Ahole? Its all about the laundry. I thought Johnson’s celebration was one of the funniest TD celebrations I have ever seen. Get over it Jets.

  39. semperfi24 says: Nov 27, 2011 7:17 PM

    stanmark, I dont remember the Packers using that excuse last year… They had 17 on IR.
    One of the NFLs top RBs, one of the NFLs top TEs. They managed…

    As far as the future departure of Brady, did you say the same thing in 2008, when Brady was lost for the year and they still won 11 games??? Or are you one of those Bills fans that stopped being a Bills fan in 95, and then came back this year? So you dont know what happened in 08…

  40. bturner4559 says: Nov 27, 2011 7:24 PM

    Its unfortunate because it shifts the focus from an injury depleted bills team putting up one heck of a fight for their season it was classless the man did 2 years in prison over being made an example of by a mayor its ridiculous its a funny situation till you think about how long that is he lost all his money lost seeing his kids go from babies to toddlers i knw we all love to see this rich spoiled athletes fail in life but making fun of thats a bit too far. i thought the plane thing was actually funny though if you can believe it ………..from a jets fan

  41. normthegreycat says: Nov 27, 2011 7:44 PM

    Maybe the plane crash mimic was representing the Bills’ season.

  42. stanmark says: Nov 27, 2011 7:53 PM

    @semperfi24 says: Nov 27, 2011 7:17 PM

    stanmark, I dont remember the Packers using that excuse last year… They had 17 on IR.
    One of the NFLs top RBs, one of the NFLs top TEs. They managed…

    As far as the future departure of Brady, did you say the same thing in 2008, when Brady was lost for the year and they still won 11 games??? Or are you one of those Bills fans that stopped being a Bills fan in 95, and then came back this year? So you dont know what happened in 08…

    ___________________________________
    The injuries to the Bills were more detrimental to their fragile team than the injuries to the packers in 2010. The pack also got in at 9-7, thats not an option in the AFC.
    As far as you claiming I’m a bandwagon bills fan…? lol.. the bills dont have a bandwagon jack. they have the most loyal fans in the league. they bolster top 10 attendance while experiencing the worst performing 15 years of nearly any nfl club.
    i remember that from 1981-1995 no night games were allowed in foxboro. i remember kraft lobbied the league for one more chance, then in 95 the pats beat the bills, only a few people got arrested, and i have the front pager that kraft ran in the boston globe “thanking the fans for their good behavior”. thats the type of bandwagon idiots over there, dont win- and they will kill people, literally.
    so i guess, im not really a bills fan. just an enthusiast, and completely out of your reach of comprehension.

  43. whoplayswhere says: Nov 27, 2011 8:06 PM

    Where was Johnson the last three weeks when he was held to under 50 yards per week?

    The Bills have become another BUST!

    Why so serious?

  44. jjbadd says: Nov 27, 2011 9:42 PM

    I hate the Jets, but I dont see the humor in what Plax did when he shot himself, or that he lost 2yrs of his life for it, or that Johnson seemed to find the humor in it. Ignorance is likely why the Bills are losing, so chalk another one up for Karma!

  45. baxman89 says: Nov 27, 2011 9:57 PM

    The Packers weren’t 9-7 Stanmark. There were 10-6. And two years ago both account wild-cards (Jets and Ravens) were 9-7. So yes we can assume you just got into football and on the Bills wagon this year.

  46. granadafan says: Nov 27, 2011 10:39 PM

    Some of these guys act as if they did all the work with their selfish celebrations. Fitzpatrick threw the pass right on the money, the offensive line blocked well enough to give Fitz time to throw and other WRs did their routes to avoid the double team of Stevie classless Dropson.

  47. stanmark says: Nov 27, 2011 10:44 PM

    baxman89 says: Nov 27, 2011 9:57 PM

    The Packers weren’t 9-7 Stanmark. There were 10-6. And two years ago both account wild-cards (Jets and Ravens) were 9-7. So yes we can assume you just got into football and on the Bills wagon this year.

    _________________________________
    yep the pack went 10-6, you got me typing on a whim. you still fail to speak to the points because you lack the tact or knowledge. Reread the post and educate yourself. But nah, you wont do that, you’ll just troll over it for an easy pick and avoid anything you don’t like.
    ps. 9-7 wont get a wildcard this year. punch it.

  48. shaggytoodle says: Nov 27, 2011 11:47 PM

    I don’t find it any worse than someone mocking Aaron Rodgers, for “putting on the belt.” As they like to do.

  49. vincentbojackson says: Nov 27, 2011 11:56 PM

    He should have mocked Santonio by busting out a doobie.

  50. tolan04 says: Nov 28, 2011 1:26 AM

    “I welcome all the Bills fans from week 3 who celebrated the comeback win over the Patriots like it was a Super Bowl and made predictions that the Bills were ready to ascend to the top of the division to share their feelings.”

    They were leading the east in week 8 as well.

    Brutal loss but it was in typical Bills fashion. I still think Miami eliminated the Bills a week ago with Cincy having the tie breaker Bills would would have had to go 6-0 just to make the playoffs. I thought after the Jets loss at home if the Bills went 2-1 on the road trip they’d make the playoffs. Turns out they went 0-3. This was a different team than the 2 blowouts in the previous 2 weeks. I’m so sick if seeing quarterbacks have 20 seconds to throw the football every damn time. It looks like another draft committed to defense and #1 better be a rush linebacker.

  51. axespray says: Nov 28, 2011 9:54 AM

    I don’t see why it’s considered classless or out of bounds or whatever.

    If Plax don’t wanna be made fun of, then he shouldn’t be out at clubs late at night partying and shooting himself in the leg (while his wife and kids are at home).

    Same for Steve Smith making fun of the loveboat scandal, I don’t see why Steve Smith and Stevie Johnson are the ones that get ripped on, it’s not like they’re busy shooting themselves or partying on a boat with hookers.

  52. dwcolter says: Nov 28, 2011 12:05 PM

    And lost in all this is the fact that Johnson yet again had one of the best days by a WR vs Revis in recent memory. He had Revis Island looking more like Revis Day Spa.

  53. eckosport says: Nov 28, 2011 2:53 PM

    The irony is obviously missing from Stevie Johnsons’ reaction and statement as he failed
    to see that he actually filled the void all sports
    fans know as “he shot himself in the foot” as
    the glaring mistake he made not only cost the Bills 2 touchdowns he went from hero to the games goat.
    Dropping 2 easy catches in the final minute of the game in the end-zone. Keep pretending to imitate instead of to create still has me in laughter.

  54. homelanddefense says: Nov 28, 2011 3:25 PM

    I found the mocking of the Jet crashing way more funny than the gunshot. The Jets always do that ridiculous arms extended Jet thing after good plays, it was funny to see someone mock it.

  55. jetsfan80 says: Nov 28, 2011 7:20 PM

    I’m a Jets fan and I found it to be pretty darn funny. And it is even funnier when he dropped the game winning pass and his team lost

  56. stanmark says: Nov 30, 2011 2:12 PM

    hilarious that @semperfi and @baxman89 offer no follow-up.

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