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Big fine could be coming for Stevie Johnson

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After scoring a touchdown on Sunday against the Patriots, Bills receiver Stevie Johnson pulled up his jersey to reveal a T-shirt that said, “Happy New Year.”

Later this week, Johnson will be getting a communication from the league office lacking any such congeniality.

Apart from giving the Patriots 15 yards of field position, Johnson undoubtedly will be facing a significant fine for his third touchdown celebration violation in two seasons.  Last year, Johnson was fined $5,000 for his handwritten “why so serious?” message on his undershirt.  Earlier this season, Johnson drew a $10,000 fine for his Plaxico/Santonio homage, which included Johnson pretending to shoot himself in the leg and then falling to the ground after pretending to soar like a Jet.

The amount of the fine will be determined by Ray Anderson or Merton Hanks, with Johnson having appeal rights to Art Shell or Ted Cottrell.  The league’s official guidelines specify no firm minimum or maximum amount for a third offense.

Instead of wishing the rest of us “Happy New Year,” Stevie should have made a New Year’s resolution to hand the ball back to the official after a touchdown.

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29 Responses to “Big fine could be coming for Stevie Johnson”
  1. xstaticonradio says: Jan 1, 2012 2:06 PM

    No Fun League

  2. lukeb5301 says: Jan 1, 2012 2:06 PM

    A tweet to Stevie from his son before the game:

    ManiBoy13 Stevie Johnson Jr.
    Daddy if you score do wut u told me u were going to do ok? Mommy said its ok if they fine you, jus dnt 4get her M&Ms! @StevieJohnson13

  3. trbowman says: Jan 1, 2012 2:06 PM

    Last line succintly sums it up.

  4. trbowman says: Jan 1, 2012 2:07 PM

    The Bills are blowing this lead? No way, never saw it coming!

  5. metalhead65 says: Jan 1, 2012 2:07 PM

    it really sucks that players get fined for doing little things like this. but they have only former players who used to gather around after scores and do stupid 5 min. look at me dances to blame.those were getting out of hand nut a happy new years t-shirt?

  6. stairwayto7 says: Jan 1, 2012 2:08 PM

    Johnson has a shirt with Happy New Years and will get fined, however lapband Ryan, flips off fans, yells at fans and gets into it with Jacobs and nothign happens? SUSPEND FAT ASS REX 3 GAMES!

  7. dannyduberstein7 says: Jan 1, 2012 2:08 PM

    is Johnson’s wonderlic score public record? i’ll put the over/under at 10 and im hammering the under.

  8. tommytd says: Jan 1, 2012 2:11 PM

    So much for being concerned about his team and the damaging effects of his conduct!

  9. footballfanatic3431 says: Jan 1, 2012 2:12 PM

    So ridiculous. Why the hell does the NFL care if a football player writes “Happy New Year” under his shirt”?

    As long as it isn’t offensive or excessive, why do they even care?

  10. benh999 says: Jan 1, 2012 2:13 PM

    Lame. The Plaxico mocking celebration was excellent, but costing 15 yards for a stupid Happy New Year message?

  11. commandercornpone says: Jan 1, 2012 2:18 PM

    to call this guy an idiot would be a dire insult to mere idiots everywhere

  12. 4512dawg4512 says: Jan 1, 2012 2:24 PM

    That guy cracks me up. I understand why the fines keep coming, you dont want a multi-billion dollar industry turing to anarchy but I like Stevie

  13. vincentbojackson says: Jan 1, 2012 2:24 PM

    Even Ochocinco thinks this guy’s a clown.

  14. jag8r904 says: Jan 1, 2012 2:28 PM

    @stairwayto7 Rex was fined $75K for that incident. So don’t say “nothing” happened.

  15. granadafan says: Jan 1, 2012 2:30 PM

    The celebration rules are really archaic. That said, the rules ARE in place, and if little Stevie can’t follow them and continues to hurt the TEAM with selfish and egotistical penalties, then he’s dumbest player in the league bar none. The Buffs should initiate a Code Red on Stevie one night until he gets it.

    Is there a more selfish player in the league than Stevie Johnson? Does he even realize that someone threw the ball or others blocked their arses off to give the QB time to throw that perfect pass?

  16. thefridge15 says: Jan 1, 2012 2:33 PM

    Why do you always write articles about player fines? Who cares? It has no effect on anything other than bloated bank accounts.

  17. cannonballdookie says: Jan 1, 2012 2:35 PM

    Doesn’t sound like that bad of a celebration or anything, but he needs to understand he’s part of a team, that concept is foreign to him. He just cares about showing off and promoting himself, needs to grow up but he’ll probably be out of Buffalo next season anyways.

  18. tommytd says: Jan 1, 2012 2:37 PM

    So ridiculous. Why the hell does the NFL care if a football player writes “Happy New Year” under his shirt”?

    As long as it isn’t offensive or excessive, why do they even care?
    *******************************************************
    …because as soon as they begin to allow it, the messages would become offensive and excessive!

  19. whereyaat says: Jan 1, 2012 2:41 PM

    Hey man, he had to give it a shot.

  20. phillyphever says: Jan 1, 2012 2:42 PM

    Well, so much for getting that big contract you were gonna get in the offseason. Guy’s got TO written all over him.

  21. richm2256 says: Jan 1, 2012 2:43 PM

    People seem to forget that this isn’t the first time this moron has done this, which makes it all that much dumber a thing to do.

  22. stairwayto7 says: Jan 1, 2012 3:05 PM

    TO:jag8r904 says:Jan 1, 2012 2:28 PM

    @stairwayto7 Rex was fined $75K for that incident. So don’t say “nothing” happened
    ———————————————————-$75 k? That is what he spend on his supper and foot fetish! SUSPEND HIM!

  23. nomoreseasontix says: Jan 1, 2012 3:17 PM

    Is this clown really good enough to be such an attention hungry diphsirt?

    I thought the diva receiver era was dying….

  24. nomoreseasontix says: Jan 1, 2012 3:19 PM

    TO v2.0…
    Without the talent.

  25. eastside5228 says: Jan 1, 2012 3:19 PM

    NFL……………..Why so serious?

  26. wtf2812 says: Jan 1, 2012 4:01 PM

    Listen, I know the guy is a knucklehead and under the terms of the rule (which I think is so petty and stupid), he deserves a fine.

    That said, the NFL is so hypocritical about its “prop” rule for celebrations. Why if Johnson fined for using a prop or excessive celebration by showing his t-shirt yet, then why is it not a penalty when a player scores a TD and dunks the ball over the goal post? Isn’t the goal post used as a prop? Isn’t that excessive under terms of the rule? Think about it.

    And let’s talk about the Lambeau Leap. Is the player in question not using the fans as a prop by leaping into the stands? Isn’t that excessive under terms of the rule?

    Yes, I know calling a penalty in those cases is ridiculous, but look at the rule. THAT is what is ridiculous.

    If this were Johnson’s first offense, calling a penalty on him for that would just be damn not right.

    How about eliminating the stupid rule? That makes too much sense.

  27. bangitfootball says: Jan 1, 2012 4:04 PM

    HAPPY NEW YEAR to u too Stevie Johnson!!!!! Now go sit on the bench for the rest of the game and figure out where your gonna play next year you imbecile.

  28. jag8r904 says: Jan 1, 2012 4:15 PM

    @stairwayto7 this was your original comment:

    Johnson has a shirt with Happy New Years and will get fined, however lapband Ryan, flips off fans, yells at fans and gets into it with Jacobs and nothign happens? SUSPEND FAT ASS REX 3 GAMES!
    —————————————————-
    The point of your comment was that Johnson will be fined and Ryan was not disciplined for his actions. That’s not true. I don’t care how much it is in comparison to his salary. You can’t just go around spouting off false statements.

  29. bigoz24 says: Jan 2, 2012 4:53 PM

    This is the most ridiculous thing I have ever seen. A player busts his hump fighting for a touchdown, makes the touchdown happen and because his raises his shirt and says “Happy New Year” to the fans, that are paying the salary of all the players as well as the referees; what’s the problem?

    I think that the referees should start to be fined for mistaken calls when they are challenged and overturned…that should be the way it is, if the refs can do it to players…why shouldn’t be the same for refs when they make a mistake??????

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