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Fred Davis fined $7,875 after he “spazzed out” celebrating a TD

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Washington tight end Fred Davis got a penalty for the way he celebrated a touchdown in the preseason opener at Tennessee. He also got a fine.

The NFL has confirmed that it fined Davis $7,875 for an excessive celebration, which the league office deemed unsportsmanlike conduct.

Davis, whose celebration consisted of shaking, falling to the ground and then shaking some more, said after the game that he shouldn’t have celebrated the way he did.

I just spazzed out. It was dumb,” Davis said. “I’m definitely going to come up with a better plan next time.”

The best plan would be to switch to a Barry Sanders-style celebration of handing the ball to the official and jogging to the sideline. That’s the surest way to avoid penalties, and fines.

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69 Responses to “Fred Davis fined $7,875 after he “spazzed out” celebrating a TD”
  1. dennisatunity says: Aug 17, 2013 11:22 AM

    Act like you’ve been there before.

  2. supremekingz says: Aug 17, 2013 11:26 AM

    No Fun League

  3. sschmiggles says: Aug 17, 2013 11:26 AM

    You know some of us remember that it’s a game and it’s supposed to be fun. Football isn’t serious business. This is getting sad.

  4. fnc111 says: Aug 17, 2013 11:27 AM

    Dennis,

    He has never been there before.

  5. finster1989 says: Aug 17, 2013 11:31 AM

    Typical Redskins buffoonery. At least he waited until he got home to roll a blunt.

  6. FoozieGrooler says: Aug 17, 2013 11:32 AM

    Better still Fred, next time try acting like you’ve been there before…

    Can you imagine these “Hey look at me” clowns pulling this garbage on a team with Jack Lambert, Jack Tatum, Deacon Jones or Dick Butkus?

    My favorite is when a guy gets a first down (which means he simply did the job he’s being paid to do), then he runs 20 yards down-field and poses for his close-up?

  7. rickc402 says: Aug 17, 2013 11:33 AM

    It is pre-season send them a voided check just like they void the results of the game.

  8. someonestolesociofan says: Aug 17, 2013 11:35 AM

    Most players these days lack the class that Barry Sanders exhibited both on and off the field. Might be asking too much.

  9. rpiotr01 says: Aug 17, 2013 11:35 AM

    Save the spazzing out for regular season when it counts.

  10. harrisonhits2 says: Aug 17, 2013 11:36 AM

    Yeah its a little taste of no fun, but the so called celebrations some of these guys do are beyond ridiculous.

    And there are few things I find more moronic than players celebrating every play, tackle, etc, especially someone who tackles a receiver 20 yards downfield after he’s made a first down and the team the tackler is on is losing by 3 or 4 TDs.

    We see that crap all the time and its just embarrassing. Yeah, losing by 21 points and a player jumps up and does some huge celebration dance for that oh so normal play you just made.

    Shut up and do your jobs. Celebrate after you’ve won a playoff game.

  11. titansbro says: Aug 17, 2013 11:38 AM

    Yeah, let them have a little fun. Believe it or not the fans enjoy it.

  12. reasonablemindsays says: Aug 17, 2013 11:39 AM

    Sizzling bacon action!

  13. cometkazie says: Aug 17, 2013 11:39 AM

    I’m reminded of a derogatory adjective that used to be used in the Deep South: Tacky, preferably pronounced using three syllables.

    Do people actually enjoy these ego expressions?

  14. rhabdodontidae says: Aug 17, 2013 11:39 AM

    “Act like you’ve been there before”

    In fairness, he hasn’t been there in 21 months.

  15. ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© says: Aug 17, 2013 11:39 AM

    OBJECTION!
    ~

  16. oldcat157 says: Aug 17, 2013 11:40 AM

    Isn’t this the preseason? I guess chances like this don’t come often for the Redskins. Kinda pathetic Fred….Great accomplishment getting a TD.

  17. captaincanoe says: Aug 17, 2013 11:43 AM

    Should be like hitting a homer in baseball. Unless it’s a walk off you just return to the dugout and celebrate with your team. If you score a td with no time on the clock then sure…celebrate on the field. If I were a coach I’d forbid celebrations, spikes, whatever unless the points put my team ahead or extended my lead.

  18. duncanthecat says: Aug 17, 2013 11:45 AM

    Common dude learn the rules and play within them.

    It’s always something with this guy and it was evident, as was his injury, by his lukewarm reception to free agency.

    Redskins drafted a TE high in this year’s draft. As talanted as he is the jury is still out. Needs a breakout year and a spasm celebration dance on a 5 yd uncontested TD is head scratching.

    Later in the game another of the Redskin’s TE’s made an unbelievable 2 pt conversion to win the game by slithering free and catching the ball with a guy hanging on him. Now that was worthy of a celebration, and the guy handled himself well in celebrating his accomplishment.

  19. No.90_DeathStomp_______ says: Aug 17, 2013 11:48 AM

    who? jigga giggles? oh ok yeah he would do something like that.

  20. thirdistheworrd says: Aug 17, 2013 11:54 AM

    sschmiggles says: Aug 17, 2013 11:26 AM

    You know some of us remember that it’s a game and it’s supposed to be fun. Football isn’t serious business. This is getting sad.
    ___________
    10 thumbs down? Yes, we expect players to take their job seriously and perform their best, but football, at the end of the day, is just entertainment. Why did we play football in pee wee, little league, and high school? Because it’s fun, because we like sports, and to get laid (in other words “because it’s fun” again), repectively. Why do we watch football now? Because it’s fun.

    Yes, we want our teams to win, but some people take their jobs vicariously too seriously. We expect Ed Norton and Paul Rudd and the cast of SNL to take their jobs seriously too, but at the end of the day, just like Fred Davis, Peyton Manning, Adrian Peterson, Larry Bird, Mike Ditka, a tightrope walker, Eric Clapton, and Elvis Presley, they’re really only here to entertain us.

    Football is not, and never has been, real life. Unless you’re a professional athlete, football is, and always will be, just a game.

  21. dennisatunity says: Aug 17, 2013 11:57 AM

    Thanks, guys! I was wondering if he had been there before (or how long it had been). 21 months, huh? Well , maybe a little “spaz out” was OK then! LOL

  22. dblodg says: Aug 17, 2013 11:59 AM

    So Travis Lewis gets $15,000 for an illegal tackle that broke a players leg and ended his season and Davis gets $7,000 for celebrating? Just doesn’t add up

  23. i, flounder says: Aug 17, 2013 12:01 PM

    touchdown dances are the ed hardy shirt of the nfl.

  24. siggtacular says: Aug 17, 2013 12:03 PM

    Barry Sanders was a rare professional athlete, he was a mans man

  25. unclemoobaa1911 says: Aug 17, 2013 12:05 PM

    Kudos to Fred Davis for doing his part to bring the phrase “spazzed out” back. I like it!

  26. sportsbastard says: Aug 17, 2013 12:08 PM

    I miss the old school celebrations of Billy “White Shoes” Johnson, Clarence Verdin and the like. I wish these old codgers that concoct these silly rules that take fun and expression out of the game would croak already.

  27. roadtrip3500 says: Aug 17, 2013 12:08 PM

    sschmiggles says: Aug 17, 2013 11:26 AM

    You know some of us remember that it’s a game and it’s supposed to be fun. Football isn’t serious business. This is getting sad.
    ——————-
    Look at the money being tossed around the NFL – it’s VERY serious business compared to 30 years ago.

    It may seem like “no fun”, but the NFL has already seen what can happen – remember the “T.O. on the Dallas star” incident? The last thing the NFL needs is a baseball-style bench-clearing brawl because of an over-the-top celebration… but unlike baseball teams, you’d have guys 6′ 6″ and 350 taking swings at opponents.

  28. jeffblast36 says: Aug 17, 2013 12:10 PM

    This is what happens when we have low and classless people playing the game. It,s all me me me.

  29. pftbillsfan says: Aug 17, 2013 12:22 PM

    Why does Sanders get credit for that, he got it from Thurman who started it a year prior. They were friends when Sanders BACKED UP THURM IN OK!!!

  30. shrshot says: Aug 17, 2013 12:23 PM

    Guy coming off a serious injury and surgery celebrates his first TD… Lets fine him and give him a hard time. You all suck, why can’t he have some fun?

  31. tabs2020 says: Aug 17, 2013 12:35 PM

    “Why does Sanders get credit for that, he got it from Thurman who started it a year prior. They were friends when Sanders BACKED UP THURM IN OK!!!”

    Thurman was great…but Barry got nothing from him. Sanders was never about glory…from high school to college to the pros.

    Sanders has always said that he never minded other guys celebrating…it just wasn’t for him.

    Actually, I don’t like this fining guys for celebrating. If someone wants to celebrate in the end-zone, so be it. It helps raise appreciation for the guys who sincerely choose not to self-promote.

  32. FinFan68 says: Aug 17, 2013 12:44 PM

    The best plan would be to switch to a Barry Sanders-style celebration of handing the ball to the official and jogging to the sideline. That’s the surest way to avoid penalties, and fines.
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    That would be much too professional for all these “look at me” “personal brand” divas. What they do are not celebrations–they are demonstrations.

    The “No Fun League” type comments make little sense to me. Fun for who? The player or the fan? They are pseudo-entertainers but the game itself is the entertainment not the antics. How many would watch the NFL if it was simply an endless line of players walking out to midfield and doing their “celebrations”? Fans tune in for the game of football played at a high level.

    OK, rant over…Now get off my lawn! ;)

  33. nfloracle says: Aug 17, 2013 12:45 PM

    Cam Newton does his Superman undressing gig even when the Panthers are 40 points behind. I guess he thinks that’ll help his clothing line take off this fall.

    God knows, his grins while pretending to take off his shirt in the end zone as well as the ever present white towel on his head when he’s moping on the bench aren’t helping his team win any games.

    But, hey, that’s just Cam being Cam… he’s all about ME when he should be all about TEAM.

  34. antalicus says: Aug 17, 2013 12:46 PM

    Why do they even care how players celebrate? If another players celebration gets in your head and it affects your game then you suck. A lot of this game is mental and taunting I think is a huge part of the mental game that they are trying to remove.

    Its not football without those players you love to hate.

  35. clssylssy says: Aug 17, 2013 1:01 PM

    The NFL continues to outdo itself for taking the enjoyment out of professional sports. Celebration? Hell yes! A team is SUPPOSE to be happy about being victorious and fans are paying big bucks to have a good time. Everybody should celebrate and there should instead be a fine for being a sour puss stick-n-the-mud. If it hurts somebody’s feelings, then they should develop a thicker skin…WT? This is suppose to be entertainment! All the NFL is concerned with is seeing how many ways they can stick it to the players and fans to increase their coffers. Celebration hurts nobody! The bag policy is only present in the NFL and a blatant attempt to further fleece and disrespect the fans by treating them like terrorists. It really has become The NO FUN LEAGUE!

  36. ptownbearsfan420 says: Aug 17, 2013 1:01 PM

    Stupid.. I hope he does it again

  37. bigblueblood says: Aug 17, 2013 1:04 PM

    I enjoy entertaining things but celebrations are starting to sread to every play in the NFL from one side of the ball or the other. Time to tighten it up.

    Stay classy san diego

  38. tabcdef9 says: Aug 17, 2013 1:04 PM

    “Yeah its a little taste of no fun, but the so called celebrations some of these guys do are beyond ridiculous.

    And there are few things I find more moronic than players celebrating every play, tackle, etc, especially someone who tackles a receiver 20 yards downfield after he’s made a first down and the team the tackler is on is losing by 3 or 4 TDs.

    We see that crap all the time and its just embarrassing. Yeah, losing by 21 points and a player jumps up and does some huge celebration dance for that oh so normal play you just made.

    Shut up and do your jobs. Celebrate after you’ve won a playoff game.”

    Looks to me like Pro Wrestling has corrupted real Sports with dumb bravado and narcissistic actions. – a shame, but it does identify those less evolved so we aren’t so surprised by their dumb (even stupid) off-the-field actions. And many thanks to all the Old School players who played with the dignity we still admire.

  39. cmdrsmooth says: Aug 17, 2013 1:08 PM

    It was very stupid and insensitive, but more important, he admitted to it and he got fined.

    Done.

  40. myhawks1976 says: Aug 17, 2013 1:28 PM

    you people are hilarious. hating on someone for celebrating? you people are the reason Goodell gets away with his nonsense. Barry Sanders wants to hand over the football? good for him. TO wants to sign a foot all and give it to Shawn Springs agent? good for him. OchoOhNo wants to pull props out? good for him.

    please explain to me what the money has to do with what it is. it’s a game. get over yourselves. sheeesh

  41. peytonsneck18 says: Aug 17, 2013 1:35 PM

    he was just doing the IRG3 after the fedexfield got him

  42. TheWizard says: Aug 17, 2013 1:50 PM

    I want to see the game action, not the performance art.

    I always hear how players want to be treated “like men”, right? Act like one.

  43. chilster2k says: Aug 17, 2013 1:59 PM

    This is why teams passed on him when he was available. No brains!

  44. northstarnic says: Aug 17, 2013 2:19 PM

    Preseason, Fred. Preseason.

  45. brownsfanincali says: Aug 17, 2013 2:27 PM

    Maybe all of us should celebrate just doing our jobs… I just finished an Excel spreadsheet for work !! Woo Hoo ! Gonna climb up on my roof, lightyself on fire, and do a triple-lindy into the pool before all the flesh is gone !! Woo Hoo! Look at me !!
    I miss Barry Sanders….

  46. skinsfan91 says: Aug 17, 2013 2:47 PM

    My team’s quarterback is better than your team’s quarterback. My team’s back up quarterback is probably better than your team’s starting quarterback. Chew on that.

  47. kegowhisky says: Aug 17, 2013 3:06 PM

    You’d think that a whopping $7875 fine would curtail future Fred Davis exercises in poor judgement, but it probably won’t I’m a Skins fan, but Fred’s judgement since he joined the team has always been on the low side of ridiculous. Although he’s shown promise, he’s never produced as well as he should. I was actually hoping he’d go somewhere in free agency, but other teams haven’t been blind to his antics and reacted accordingly. Come on Fred, turn it around, play and act like a man instead of like an electrified worm, and I’ll be your biggest fan.

  48. brownsfanincali says: Aug 17, 2013 3:09 PM

    skinsfan91 says:
    Aug 17, 2013 2:47 PM
    My team’s quarterback is better than your team’s quarterback. My team’s back up quarterback is probably better than your team’s starting quarterback. Chew on that.
    —————————————————

    So ??? My dad could beat up your dad!
    Oh wait, my dad is dead…. Never mind.

  49. skinsfan91 says: Aug 17, 2013 3:28 PM

    So ??? My dad could beat up your dad!
    Oh wait, my dad is dead…. Never mind.

    Just a little piece of info for the crap talkers. The crap talkers that invade any story that has anything to do with the Redskins. I’m sure Browns fans to get a lot of trolls. But if you guys had drafted RGIII It’d be a different story.

  50. 950003cups says: Aug 17, 2013 3:31 PM

    That’s stupid to fine him. It’s preseason. But whatever. It’s their league, and they make the rules. We just follow like dumb mules.

  51. warhammer420 says: Aug 17, 2013 3:53 PM

    I loved his celebration. It made me LOL hard. But the No Fun League continues to stay true to its name.

  52. 1bigtex says: Aug 17, 2013 4:05 PM

    Just as aside on what a “class act” Barry Sanders was: If he was so “classy”, then why did the Lions have to sue him for the signing bonus from his last contract that he retired from and did not fulfill. Trying to skate with a few unearned millions is not exactly a classy move.

  53. vwbrown19 says: Aug 17, 2013 4:13 PM

    He probably wont get there again.

  54. shlort says: Aug 17, 2013 4:16 PM

    There should be no celebrating after touchdowns, sacks or anything else.

    It is nothing special to score a TD, get a sack or intercept a pass if that is what your job is. You don’t see people at your workplace acting like an idiot when they get some paperwork done on time or land a contract, right?

    Personally, I enjoyed Barry Sanders’ TD celebrations. He tossed the ball to the official and jogged over to the sidelines for a cold drink. Know why? Because his job as to get the ball and score a TD.

  55. icewalker946 says: Aug 17, 2013 4:22 PM

    I like celebrations but not like this, for a preseason game. It’s almost practice. We’re talking about practice. And you guys are falling on the ground to look like a piece of bacon (mmmm….bacon).

    There are hardly any cameras there and only the local markets (mostly) get to see the game.

    Save it for the regular season.

    Who am I to complain, though. If something breaks down at work and we stop short on production I sometimes smile and do the Billy ‘White Shoes’ Johnson dance.

  56. tmcgee102 says: Aug 17, 2013 4:31 PM

    I love the fans who justify players’ acting like clowns by saying that fans “enjoy” the celebrations. No they don’t. Whenever a player scores a TD, all the fans in the stands turn to each other and start high-fiving. We don’t even see what the knuckleheads on the field are doing.

  57. mackcarrington says: Aug 17, 2013 4:46 PM

    At least he admitted he was dumb.

  58. champs794 says: Aug 17, 2013 4:56 PM

    Fred Davis is paid to entertain us. What could be more professional than getting stoked and giving the fans a reason to get fired up for a preseason game?

  59. blackngold4life says: Aug 17, 2013 5:02 PM

    But its OK when the player is on YOU’RE team huh??

  60. tabs2020 says: Aug 17, 2013 6:03 PM

    “Just as aside on what a “class act” Barry Sanders was: If he was so “classy”, then why did the Lions have to sue him for the signing bonus from his last contract that he retired from and did not fulfill. Trying to skate with a few unearned millions is not exactly a classy move.”

    —————————————————-

    Paying Scott Mitchell more money than Barry Sanders wasn’t exactly a classy move.

  61. garryjercia says: Aug 17, 2013 6:28 PM

    No Fun League

  62. romosmicrodongs says: Aug 17, 2013 8:38 PM

    when does victor cruz get his fine for salsa dancing?

  63. No.90_DeathStomp_______ says: Aug 17, 2013 9:30 PM

    I know right? He even made something even more weak up about it being for his grandmother I can’t believe I now that baloney. Wow suh stomps in the back for that thank god it’s never happened to the Lions. Noodle arm’s fatigue levels will be at a all time high playing on the road in December I’ll take my chances with dump off passes all day.

  64. footballer4ever says: Aug 17, 2013 10:10 PM

    Nothing like football goal celebrations in world football like the English Premier League.

  65. jolink653 says: Aug 18, 2013 5:09 AM

    They really need to relax on these crackdowns…the whole point of football is to entertain and so many fans enjoyed the creative touchdown dances…you’re allowed to have some fun

  66. splashtacular says: Aug 18, 2013 2:38 PM

    Not really something to joke about…I hope that Fred Davis has a seizure some day to understand that.

  67. dukeearl says: Aug 18, 2013 9:46 PM

    “”tabcdef9 says:
    Aug 17, 2013 1:04 PM
    “Yeah its a little taste of no fun, but the so called celebrations some of these guys do are beyond ridiculous.

    And there are few things I find more moronic than players celebrating every play, tackle, etc, especially someone who tackles a receiver 20 yards downfield after he’s made a first down and the team the tackler is on is losing by 3 or 4 TDs.

    We see that crap all the time and its just embarrassing. Yeah, losing by 21 points and a player jumps up and does some huge celebration dance for that oh so normal play you just made.

    Shut up and do your jobs. Celebrate after you’ve won a playoff game.”

    Looks to me like Pro Wrestling has corrupted real Sports with dumb bravado and narcissistic actions. – a shame, but it does identify those less evolved so we aren’t so surprised by their dumb (even stupid) off-the-field actions. And many thanks to all the Old School players who played with the dignity we still admire.””

    I agree big time. I don’t mind the occasional celebration but it has gotten out of control.

  68. rasta028 says: Aug 19, 2013 9:24 AM

    Way too many comments on this minor topic.

  69. Mathew says: Aug 23, 2013 3:05 PM

    Actually it is a business decision why the celebrating gets penalties. The rest of the world hates Americans because of the way they act…this being a primed example.

    One of the reasons the world does not watch NFL is because of the boasting and celebrating.

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