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Stevie Johnson likely to be fined for Plaxico-inspired celebration

Buffalo Bills Steve Johnson grabs himself on leg after he made a shooting gesture at it when he caught a touchdown pass against New York Jets in East Rutherford Reuters

On Sunday, Bills receiver Stevie Johnson celebrated a touchdown by pretending to shoot himself in the leg (a la Plaxico Burress, three years ago tonight), before soaring like a Jet and and falling to the ground.

The falling to the ground drew a penalty, which after Dave Rayner’s inexplicable failure to hit the ball squarely gave the Jets a short field.  The faking of the shooting will result in an invasion of Johnson’s wallet.

Chris Mortensen of ESPN reports that Johnson likely will be fined for his antics, citing league rules that prohibit the simulation of any gun action.

Last year, the NFL imposed a $5,000 fine on Johnson for displaying after scoring a touchdown against the Bengals a T-shirt that asked, “Why so serious?”  (It was a reference to the Joker, given that former Bengals receivers Terrell Owens and Chad Ochocinco dubbed themselves Batman and Robin.)  That history could result in a more significant fine for his latest post-touchdown infraction.

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59 Responses to “Stevie Johnson likely to be fined for Plaxico-inspired celebration”
  1. nyyjetsknicks says: Nov 28, 2011 8:45 PM

    He should spend less time thinking of TD celebrations and more time working on catching the ball.

  2. Andre's Johnson says: Nov 28, 2011 8:46 PM

    Lost in all of this is the fact that the Bills’ kicker sucks.

  3. mistersmith22 says: Nov 28, 2011 8:48 PM

    Fine, penalty, and Stevie choking away another game-winning score late in the game: who cares. Because that was some of the most epic trolling God has ever given us.

  4. clownsfan says: Nov 28, 2011 8:48 PM

    That “celebration” was the funniest thing I’ve seen in a while. Having said that, he should’ve caught that game winner.

  5. themitchfootball.com says: Nov 28, 2011 8:49 PM

    I’m not sure which was more entertaining the celebration itself or Costas reacting to it.

  6. crazybeardedjack says: Nov 28, 2011 8:51 PM

    Pile on much guys?

  7. shieldsisland37 says: Nov 28, 2011 8:51 PM

    Fine him? Give the guy a medal. That was hilarious.

  8. shaggytoodle says: Nov 28, 2011 8:51 PM

    He should have been fined, when he had a t-shirt it was preplanned celebration.

    I still think its not any worse, then someone sacking Rodgers, and “putting the belt on.”

  9. radrntn says: Nov 28, 2011 8:51 PM

    thats weak if he is

  10. eddieapoc says: Nov 28, 2011 8:52 PM

    Rayner’s plant foot slipped. Not exactly inexplicable.

  11. Soulman45 says: Nov 28, 2011 8:53 PM

    Frist to say
    Fine him it getting out of hand give the ball to the Ref and play ball.
    Don’t won’t to see them dance.

  12. earthtopft says: Nov 28, 2011 8:56 PM

    Stevie mocking Plax for stupidity. Clearly a case of the shorter faster wide receiver calling the taller slower wide receiver black.

  13. rezen73 says: Nov 28, 2011 8:56 PM

    Why do people get so bent out of shape because of the touchdown celebrations? I’m not a Bills fan, or a Stevie Johnson fan… but seriously. Where’s the free speech?

    The longer I live outside of America, the more I wish people who still lived there realized just how good they COULD have it. People in America think they’re free, but honestly they aren’t. I mean, the fact that someone will have to pay more for a celebration during a GAME than someone who drives drunk is incomprehensible to me. wtf?

  14. phadedwun says: Nov 28, 2011 9:00 PM

    ….Fines for touchdown celebrations is really stupid.

  15. bspn2 says: Nov 28, 2011 9:03 PM

    Nobody cares about the Bills or Stevie Johnson being fined. The Ravens still suck.

  16. diablito0402 says: Nov 28, 2011 9:06 PM

    How about a fine for dropping easy balls, just saying?

  17. marvsleezy says: Nov 28, 2011 9:09 PM

    The kicker was told to kick a squib kick- he did, but it hit somebody

  18. melikefootball says: Nov 28, 2011 9:09 PM

    What else can this comish find to fine. He should look at his refs and the crap they call and miss and fine them as well. I think I saw a Giant player J-walk lets fine him. God-del and his boys are going to continue to cause more and more fans to stop going to games and buy the NFL image.

  19. maxvv says: Nov 28, 2011 9:10 PM

    rezen73, I’m not the Supreme Court or anything, but I’m pretty sure the NFL fining its players for things they do at work doesn’t really have anything to do with the first amendment.

  20. nyyjetsknicks says: Nov 28, 2011 9:11 PM

    Why do people get so bent out of shape because of the touchdown celebrations? I’m not a Bills fan, or a Stevie Johnson fan… but seriously. Where’s the free speech?

    The longer I live outside of America, the more I wish people who still lived there realized just how good they COULD have it. People in America think they’re free, but honestly they aren’t. I mean, the fact that someone will have to pay more for a celebration during a GAME than someone who drives drunk is incomprehensible to me. wtf?

    Ummm seriously? You don’t have free speech at WORK.

    The reason his fine will be higher than your average DWI is because he’s a repeat offender. Don’t let the facts get in the way of your dumb ass rant.

  21. teal379 says: Nov 28, 2011 9:12 PM

    rezen73 says:
    Nov 28, 2011 8:56 PM
    Why do people get so bent out of shape because of the touchdown celebrations? I’m not a Bills fan, or a Stevie Johnson fan… but seriously. Where’s the free speech?

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    Free speech/first amendment applies to the government – not a private enterprise.

  22. db105 says: Nov 28, 2011 9:13 PM

    Tough to win with self centered players

  23. flavordave says: Nov 28, 2011 9:17 PM

    It was selfish and flat out ignorant.

  24. ooops11 says: Nov 28, 2011 9:17 PM

    He shouldn’t be fined for the Plax imitation. Is it embarrassing for Plax? – YES… but then again Plax shouldn’t have shot himself.

    I’m still not sure how I feel about the imitation of a plane crashing against a New York team. I know their team name is the “Jets” but that’s a touchy subject for our nation. He should have thought that one through.

  25. habsman says: Nov 28, 2011 9:22 PM

    The NFL doesn’t like players reminding the fans that convicted felons are littered throughout the league.

  26. buffalose says: Nov 28, 2011 9:27 PM

    Have you no class Stevie? I mean after after all the jets deserve at least that , right? umm.. nope. not at all. Everyone saying Stevie should spend less time thinking of moves and more on catching. trust me, Rex spends way more time preparing for his press conference shows. Keep guaranteeing Superbowls. that city will turn on you the first time you miss playoffs ( ie this season) just like they did this week turning on and off for Sanchez. That city sucks for fans. bad throw they boo, but cheer two plays later. Quit riding the wagon Jet fans. And enjoy watching the playoffs with the Bills

  27. randomguy9999 says: Nov 28, 2011 9:29 PM

    fans get bent about celebration penalties because it’s the stupidest thing in the NFL..

    they know they’re being watched
    they know they’ll give up 15 increasing the chance of giving up a TD
    they know they’re dissing the other team and giving them motivation

    why bother scoring a TD if you are gonna risk all that… esp if you are gonna follow it up with dropping 2 more potential TDs

  28. zaggs says: Nov 28, 2011 9:30 PM

    Why? Too funny? Or is it illegal in New York to act like you’ve been shot with a gun? With bloomberg its not out of the possibility.

  29. prnandhomeless says: Nov 28, 2011 9:38 PM

    I understand that it might be in poor taste, but can’t we admit that it’s pretty funny?

    If you don’t want to get made fun of for shooting yourself in the leg, don’t carry a concealed weapon in your sweatpants when you go out to a strip club in New York and let it go off on you. That’s pretty ridiculous.

    Who cares? Football is supposed to be fun.

  30. phadedwun says: Nov 28, 2011 9:40 PM

    He was imitating Plax?

    I thought it was imitating Cheddar Bob.

  31. phucoff says: Nov 28, 2011 9:47 PM

    Next people that should get fined are Rogers mom and dad for having sex and producing this POS commish that we have now.

  32. nflfollower says: Nov 28, 2011 9:49 PM

    Charles Woodson wasn’t even ejected when he sucker punched Jimmy Graham after the whistle in week 1. Forget about suspension, not even an ejection!! Now a Packer beats up his girlfriend, goes to jail, and still less negative press than Suh stepping on somebody’s arm.

    Packers = Goodell’s golden team. Blatant double standard in the media as well.

  33. colinsnooks says: Nov 28, 2011 9:50 PM

    I think it’s funny that the NFL fines players for creative celebrations because it “hurts the image of the league” but then on NFL network they show the top 10 touchdown celebrations, and debate over which was the funniest or most over the top touchdown stunt.

    I guess I’m thinking outside the box too much. Nevermind guys, back to the real issues. Tebow should talk about Jesus however much he wants, Suh is classless, let’s all Suck for Luck, and Tim Tebow should shut up about Jesus all the time!

  34. joe6606 says: Nov 28, 2011 9:51 PM

    The irony is that if he hadn’t dove on the ground, he wouldnt have been penalized, and we probably would not be even talking about this today….

  35. rezen73 says: Nov 28, 2011 9:53 PM

    nyyjetsknicks says: Nov 28, 2011 9:11 PM

    Ummm seriously? You don’t have free speech at WORK.

    The reason his fine will be higher than your average DWI is because he’s a repeat offender. Don’t let the facts get in the way of your dumb ass rant.

    >> Wow, really? That’s the best you could come up with? Personally, I do have free speech at work – I’m free to have any celebration I want if I score a touchdown.

    >> And LOL, really – “The reason his fine will be higher than your average DWI is because he’s a repeat offender.” – what’s the minimum fine for ANYTHING the league office fines? $5000? What’s the average cost for a DWI? Well, if you include lost wages, court costs, attorney costs, humiliation, AND THE FINE… then maybe around $10000. And that’s assuming you don’t, you know, KILL SOMEONE WHILE DRUNK DRIVING. So I guess, you have a point. It’s only more expensive to celebrate on the field thank drunk driving, if it’s your first time doing it, which makes it ok.

  36. rezen73 says: Nov 28, 2011 9:55 PM

    teal379 says: Nov 28, 2011 9:12 PM

    Free speech/first amendment applies to the government – not a private enterprise.

    >> You think the NFL is “private”? Who exactly owns the Green Bay Packers? How may stadiums have been and/or will be financed with government dollars?

  37. Gordon says: Nov 28, 2011 10:02 PM

    shaggytoodle

    He should have been fined, when he had a t-shirt it was preplanned celebration.

    I still think its not any worse, then someone sacking Rodgers, and “putting the belt on.”
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    You mean the “Discount Double-Check”?

  38. whodeycolorado says: Nov 28, 2011 10:12 PM

    Again, funny. He got a penalty for going the ground, so his team suffered. Keep Godell out of it and let it be settled on the field or in the locker room.

  39. lilrob10201 says: Nov 28, 2011 10:25 PM

    Yea he will be fined.Brian Rolle LB for the Eagles vs the Giants got fined for making a big tackle then doing a celebration shooting a machine gun and got fined 10,000 $.It shows what the NFL has become.

  40. nyyjetsknicks says: Nov 28, 2011 10:57 PM

    rezen73 says:
    Nov 28, 2011 9:55 pm

    >> You think the NFL is “private”? Who exactly owns the Green Bay Packers? How may stadiums have been and/or will be financed with government dollars?

    Do you not know how share holders work? If I own 100 shares of Apple, is it not still a private company?

    Stadiums are given tax payer dollars for multiple reason. They provide jobs for the community by people working at and around the stadium. They also get a return on their investment when the team has pay taxes on their income.

  41. gmacc85 says: Nov 28, 2011 11:07 PM

    8 mile: like cheddar bomb when he shot himself !

  42. asuthyo says: Nov 29, 2011 12:05 AM

    Uhhh, first off, you don’t have the same freedom of speech at work and the NFL is work for the players and staff.

    Also, he is getting fined more than a DUI because he makes hundreds of thousands to millions of dollars a year. He can pay more.

    And, if the NFL wants to fine people for “gun” celebrations then that is their choice. It doesn’t offend me but it can offend some. Lets not act like the NFL is the only PC organization around.

    Oh yeah, the “plane crash” had nothing to do with the Jets or New York. He was making fun of Santonio Holmes’ usual TD celebration.

  43. lookatthefarside says: Nov 29, 2011 12:08 AM

    Make him take a safety class with the NRA.

  44. steelybills says: Nov 29, 2011 12:53 AM

    If he deserves a fine for his Plax dance then he also deserves a fine for his musket celebration in New England last season.

  45. tiffpats4eva says: Nov 29, 2011 1:55 AM

    Will the commissioner ask Jets WR’s and RB’s to stop celebrating first downs?

    That’s taunting.

  46. adam says: Nov 29, 2011 2:02 AM

    Embarrassed that I read until the end of the comments.

  47. fleischpeitsche says: Nov 29, 2011 3:40 AM

    Why should he get fined? He didn’t go to a club where he needs to carry a gun and shot himself in the leg.
    He only reminded us how dumb it is to do that…

  48. Eric Fay says: Nov 29, 2011 4:37 AM

    it would have been cooler to put on makeup like the joker and then take his helmet off and say it into a camera

  49. monropoobah says: Nov 29, 2011 4:40 AM

    lookatthefarside says:
    Nov 29, 2011 12:08 AM
    Make him take a safety class with the NRA.

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    too harsh. it just wouldn’t be right

  50. EJ says: Nov 29, 2011 7:20 AM

    The celebrations are part of what makes it fun to go to an NFL game. I thought it was funny, but he went overboard by going to the ground.

  51. majbobby says: Nov 29, 2011 8:01 AM

    No Fun League strikes again

  52. majbobby says: Nov 29, 2011 8:05 AM

    How about we start fining the Refs for blown calls. There are more and more every year.

  53. kosarkid says: Nov 29, 2011 8:47 AM

    Why do we penalize people for trying to entertain people looking to be entertained. It’s not like the NFL is heading towards becoming some farce like pro wrestling or something, i mean those guys don’t really hit each other that hard, oh wait… the NFL fines people for hitting hard too?!

  54. jpmelon says: Nov 29, 2011 9:29 AM

    You can’t simulate gun action?!? So what about the cannon at Tampa Bay? What about the minute men at New England?

    He should be fined by the Bills for causing a stupid penalty (everyone knows you can’t go to the ground)….I doubt he minds paying a small fine that ultimately goes to breast cancer research, but that rule is pretty rediculous.

  55. bigtrav425 says: Nov 29, 2011 9:32 AM

    I really am beg to hate the nfl…..it was a funny ass celebration! get over it…these guys bust there ass all yr long to stay in shape some even have chefs..they put there physical well being on the line every week…let them celebrate a lil jesus christ!! what the hell do these douche bags do besides sit at home in there mansion and collect checks?

  56. Derty Ernie says: Nov 29, 2011 9:44 AM

    This should be a team thing. First he was penalized 15 yards. Second the harm was to his team not the fans so his team should bench him for two games since they aren’t going anywhere now because of his actions, season is like over already.

  57. jf203 says: Nov 29, 2011 10:21 AM

    So if a guy scores a TD against washington he should pretend hes driving a car and kill someone to “celebrate” his DWI killing someone..should guys celebrate by pretending to beat up a waman like alot of these morons do..FOOTBALL celebrations are dumb and self-centered and because of his stupidity it cost the Bills a TD by having them kick 15 yards back and the Jets getting the ball at Bills 36….. they should fine players..its a team game.. pretend like you have been there before..what idiots

  58. skinsfaninnebraska says: Nov 29, 2011 10:56 AM

    It’s about the selfishness in a team sport. He knew the rule about going to the ground being a penalty but chose to do it anyway, and it contributed to his team losing the game. I’m sure he knew the rule about gun celebrations, too, but he did it anyway and he deserves a fine and maybe a game on the bench as well.

    It’s not like he redeemed himself afterwards with superior effort on the field.

  59. scotch679 says: Nov 29, 2011 12:57 PM

    Hey Mr. Showboat a simple spike will do and not mention………..winning the damn game.

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