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Jimmy Graham dunks after touchdown, gets flagged


The NFL made it a penalty to dunk the ball over the crossbar after a touchdown this season, a move that seemed to rob Saints tight end Jimmy Graham of his signature move.

Graham didn’t let it stop him on Friday night, though. Graham caught a six-yard touchdown pass from Luke McCown to cap the Saints’ first drive of their contest against the Titans and then got cheers from the Superdome crowd as he dunked the ball in celebration.

Graham, who tweeted that he’d lead the league in penalties this year when the rule was adopted, was promptly flagged for unsportsmanlike conduct and will likely be fined by the league.

Jeff Duncan of the New Orleans Times-Picayune was watching the Saints sideline as Graham came off the field and reports that coach Sean Payton didn’t say a word to the tight end as he went by. Unless he’s cut from a different breed than most coaches, though, he’s not going to be crazy about giving up 15 yards on kickoffs once the games start counting.

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73 Responses to “Jimmy Graham dunks after touchdown, gets flagged”
  1. detectivejimmymcnulty says: Aug 15, 2014 8:37 PM

    He’s an idiot if he continues this come the regular season. This is the definition of a player putting himself above the team. Should it be a penalty? No, but it is. Follow the rules Jimmy.

    Also… I’m Jimmy 🙂

  2. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Aug 15, 2014 8:38 PM

    Dunk after 6 yard TD catch in a preseason game? What a clown.

  3. jimthebuilder27 says: Aug 15, 2014 8:39 PM

    How selfish can you be to do something you know will get a 15 yard penalty and hurt your team? Especially when it’s something stupid like this?

  4. harrisonhits2 says: Aug 15, 2014 8:40 PM

    Selfish player. More concerned with his moronic “celebration” than the team losing 15 yards for his stupidity.

  5. rooneyruleblues says: Aug 15, 2014 8:41 PM

    NFL is no fun, what is so hard about saying, if you disrupt the goal post in anyway you get a 15 yard penalty or something like that… let the guy dunk, just cant touch the rim.

    This league has just about trashed every tradition we had growing up watching the game. Destroyed the draft, adding playoff teams, games overseas. What a joke.

  6. ctiggs says: Aug 15, 2014 8:41 PM

    Lol good job jimmy my fantasy teams needs a few dunks this year……… except against the niners

  7. learysdisciples says: Aug 15, 2014 8:44 PM


  8. restorativejusticeprogram says: Aug 15, 2014 8:45 PM

    Thoug it is a stupid rule it is only a pre-season game so who cares.

    Do it in a regular season game and he is an idiot.

  9. sporano316 says: Aug 15, 2014 8:46 PM

    41 career TD’s. Still ‘dunking’ the ball Jimmy?

  10. theparadoxx82 says: Aug 15, 2014 8:47 PM

    You sure the flag wasn’t for celebrating a TD on the Titans?

  11. pittsburghdamned says: Aug 15, 2014 8:48 PM

    (Red-headed) Dummy.

  12. atwatercrushesokoye says: Aug 15, 2014 8:50 PM

    Can it really be his “signature move” if dozens of players did it prior to him being in the NFL?

  13. We, the Steelers, support the immediate relocation of the Bills, Raiders, Vikings, Jaguars, Buccaneers, Rams, Ravens, Chargers, Colts, and Cardinals. Their current cities are an embarrassment to the NFL and the game Pittsburgh invented. #6 says: Aug 15, 2014 8:50 PM

    Didn’t the rule involve touching the post? Did he touch the post?

  14. aljack88 says: Aug 15, 2014 8:55 PM

    ..but is anyone surprised there was a flag on the play?

    If the NFL tries bringing this crap into the regular season…

  15. sportsfan18 says: Aug 15, 2014 8:55 PM

    How are his teammates letting him get away with this?

    Guess those who think Jimmy should keep on dunking can’t get mad at the offensive lineman for getting holding penalties then…

  16. nirvana504 says: Aug 15, 2014 8:56 PM

    Are you not entertained?

  17. SeenThisB4 says: Aug 15, 2014 8:57 PM

    Geaux Jimmy

  18. cguy7 says: Aug 15, 2014 9:00 PM

    He can afford the fine and it’s a Preseason game. If he does it in a regular season game I’m sure Payton will let him know…

  19. number1hawkfan says: Aug 15, 2014 9:00 PM

    This is the same guy who called out the Seahawks before the game and went out and put up one catch for eight yards. The audio was priceless. “Don’t you know who I am? I’m Jimmy!!”

  20. cribbage12 says: Aug 15, 2014 9:02 PM

    Look at me, look at me!!!

  21. mythaimyke says: Aug 15, 2014 9:02 PM

    Another ME guy!!!!! Not a team player, just a look at me, me, me, me!

  22. berniemadoffsides says: Aug 15, 2014 9:07 PM

    Act like you’ve been there before, Jimmy.

  23. schmitty2 says: Aug 15, 2014 9:11 PM

    So he whines for more money in the offseason and gets it then proceeds to purposely get a penalty that will likely draw a fine. Gotcha!

  24. realitycheckbaby says: Aug 15, 2014 9:12 PM

    Write NO off.

  25. peopletrains says: Aug 15, 2014 9:20 PM

    This guy needs to get over himself.

  26. txraiderfan says: Aug 15, 2014 9:22 PM

    If P. Manning could dunk and/or Jimmy Graham played for the Patriots, Roger Goddamn wouldn’t have implemented this rule

  27. buffalomook says: Aug 15, 2014 9:24 PM

    I’ll bet Peyton told him to go ahead and do it just so he could get a look at the kick coverage unit in preseason. With so many balls flying out of the back of the end zone on kickoffs it can be tough to get a good look at the coverage units. That’s why Peyton didn’t say a word after it happened

  28. mackcarrington says: Aug 15, 2014 9:25 PM

    I wouldn’t know for sure of course, but I’m guessing Payton knew that if Graham scored he was going to dunk. And it gives these coaches a “situation” to practice kicking off from deep in their own end. This is a practice game.

  29. SeenThisB4 says: Aug 15, 2014 9:27 PM

    Two touchdowns, two penalties. I’ll take that all night. At least the kick off team gets to actually practice coverage.

  30. tjacks7 says: Aug 15, 2014 9:27 PM

    Too bad the saints don’t have Blair Walsh cause he’d still kick it out of the back of the end zone even from his own 20.

  31. ilovefoolsball says: Aug 15, 2014 9:35 PM

    Honestly that guy is so dominant against those little db’s I’d just let him do it.

    He makes the other players appear feminine.

  32. jamiebuf12 says: Aug 15, 2014 9:36 PM

    he boasted he would lead the league in penalties this year?? maybe the nfl should say if you do it 3 times on the 4th you miss a game….i am pretty sure that will end his dunks.

  33. kingpel says: Aug 15, 2014 9:39 PM

    After his disappearing act last year, I’d rather him save that energy for the defenses that are calling him soft.

  34. bradwins says: Aug 15, 2014 9:43 PM

    Jimmy Graham: [dunks on goal post]

    Goal post: [breaks]

    NFL: [outrules dunking on goal post]

    Jimmy Graham: [dunks on goalpost]


  35. bobbob1eye says: Aug 15, 2014 9:44 PM

    Is it weird that I disapproved of the first dunk but very much approved of the second?

  36. tigersfandan says: Aug 15, 2014 9:47 PM

    It’s ridiculous that this is a penalty. Graham’s attitude is even more ridiculous.

  37. bcajun says: Aug 15, 2014 9:49 PM

    Doesn’t matter who or what. Saints>than your team; you’ll learn this season Suckas (including the Hawks AND their fans)

  38. keylimelight says: Aug 15, 2014 9:55 PM

    And he did it again on his second TD. This time Sean Payton had something to say to him as he came off the field.

    I don’t think this will continue into regular season. It’s the first game back in the Superdome and it’s only preseason let him have his fun. The fans love it.

  39. timmcclelland74 says: Aug 15, 2014 9:55 PM

    Seems they added this rule after Tony Gonzalez retired (for a second and final time). No one could dunk like him!

  40. jimthebuilder27 says: Aug 15, 2014 10:00 PM

    “I’m Jimmy!”

    The rest of us: “Who’s Jimmy?”

  41. dobreshunka says: Aug 15, 2014 10:17 PM

    Ever watch Premier League or really any soccer match? See the joy players exhibit when they score? Whats so wrong with that? Why are we legislating happiness out of the NFL? I know its run by a bunch of sour old guys, but it’s kind of fun when you score, you know?

  42. 4512dawg4512 says: Aug 15, 2014 10:19 PM

    Ummmm Jimmy, did you get the memo?

  43. melikefootball says: Aug 15, 2014 10:20 PM

    Just another player who feels they are better than the game. Gödel as well as the Saints should take a chunk out of his paycheck.

  44. grayone77 says: Aug 15, 2014 10:21 PM

    Should have assessed the penalty and made it a 45 yard pat, since the NFL wants them to be less automatic…

  45. gt40bear says: Aug 15, 2014 10:31 PM

    Just reinforces the I am more important than the team with him.

  46. granadafan says: Aug 15, 2014 10:41 PM

    He copied this move from Tony Gonzalez.

  47. seabrawk12 says: Aug 15, 2014 10:43 PM

    Not a Saints fan but I think it was an awesome way to let Goodell know what he and everyone else thinks of that ridiculous rule. I highly doubt he will do it in the regular season.

  48. bmore20 says: Aug 15, 2014 10:56 PM

    He should dunk on the ref when he goes to pick the flag up.

  49. wtfchiefs says: Aug 15, 2014 10:58 PM

    Everyone calling him “selfish” and acting surprised has obviously not been watching the nfl over the past 20 years.

  50. gfan8611 says: Aug 15, 2014 10:59 PM

    Good for him. It’s just another of the NFL’s stupid rules designed to make everyone think football players are emotionless robots instead of human beings. Why? Well because it’s easier on the NFL’s image if looks like robots are being played and physically wrecked then thrown away instead of the reality that they are human beings being physically wrecked and thrown away. Look at how hard the league has fought against taking care of it’s players post career yet they have no trouble paying Goodell 40M a season to be their puppet. Tell me why half of Goodell’s salary couldn’t go to supporting ex players. Tell me why Goodell needs to be paid 40M a year. Tell me he couldn’t get by on 20M.

  51. numberoneinthehoodg says: Aug 15, 2014 11:00 PM

    His teammates support him because his sponsor is sending breakfast their way. Fines are also paid by Dunkin’ Donuts.

  52. trspat says: Aug 15, 2014 11:21 PM

    Boy I’d love for him to do that in a playoff game for the go ahead score with under a minute, and the other team running back the ensuing kickoff to knock them out!

  53. bishoplanky says: Aug 15, 2014 11:55 PM

    It has nothing to do with being a team player, or any of the other crap that people are saying. The NFL is trying to impose it’s stupid will on teams/players once again. The fans don’t have a problem with it, so why does the NFL? Huh, what horrible thing happens when a player “dunks” the football? Getting in another player’s face, that I get, but a dunk? It was fine all those years that Tony G. did it. Stop busting on Graham and focus on the true “not a team player”, the NFL and its dictatorship.

  54. seahawkfanfrom1970s says: Aug 15, 2014 11:57 PM

    Thanks Goodell for draining all fun and exuberance and spontaneity out of professional football.

  55. ytrappin504 says: Aug 16, 2014 12:06 AM

    The sun is shining as bright as ever in Saints Land. Good luck to all teams.

  56. deadtillcofffee says: Aug 16, 2014 12:09 AM

    If they push back the extra point, put the penalty on the extra point. Coach Payton will react a little different if it takes a point off the board. And maybe the lonely kicker will say something

  57. flexx91 says: Aug 16, 2014 12:18 AM

    Chill out. He’s only going to do this in the preseason. How stupid can you be?

  58. jbnola says: Aug 16, 2014 12:27 AM

    Relax. Its just pre-season ladies…

  59. scandiman says: Aug 16, 2014 12:44 AM

    With the 15 yard penalty, at least we may be able to see some kick returns again!

  60. saintswin says: Aug 16, 2014 12:50 AM

    Jimmy 360 DUNK on those dirty birds week one! All the haters singing in tune… lol

  61. larryjames836 says: Aug 16, 2014 1:19 AM

    Everybody think the New Orleans Saints is a undisciplined team they are not a undisciplined team, they just having fun in the preseason. When it comes to regular season you will see a different team on they way to the Super Bowl, stop hating on Jimmy Graham he will be alright he knows what he can do and cannot do. Let football be football here in America who want to pay top dollars just to see guys run up and down the field keep the entertainment in the game Roger Goodell just because you can’t play don’t make it boring for the ones that can play. Put up some real goal are turn the NFL into a height limit no one over 6′ feets then you owners and fans wouldn’t have to worry yourselves about dunging. (Case Closed)!!!

  62. tigger0924 says: Aug 16, 2014 1:27 AM

    Man you clowns act like the dude dunk during a game that actually means something. You’re talking bout preseason not the regular season, preseason.

  63. shayeezy says: Aug 16, 2014 1:54 AM

    yes it’s kind of lame that they had to make this a rule, but anyone who has a real problem with it must have missed the game last year when graham nearly brought the crossbar down, and the refs and stadium staff had to spend ten minutes getting it level and delaying the game.

  64. mediasloppy says: Aug 16, 2014 2:15 AM

    rooneyruleblues says: Aug 15, 2014 8:41 PM

    NFL is no fun, what is so hard about saying, if you disrupt the goal post in anyway you get a 15 yard penalty or something like that… let the guy dunk, just cant touch the rim.

    This league has just about trashed every tradition we had growing up watching the game. Destroyed the draft, adding playoff teams, games overseas. What a joke.
    The rule was made because he bend a goal post last year and they had to delay the game to fix it.

  65. packmanfan says: Aug 16, 2014 2:38 AM

    What’s next? Taking away the Lambeau Leap?
    That is the best and greatest celebration in all of sports through time. They better never, ever take away that most unselfish celebration that involves the greatest fans in all of football.

  66. natelan says: Aug 16, 2014 2:53 AM

    Should have been franchised as a power forward.

  67. Ashley says: Aug 16, 2014 4:14 AM

    Calm down people. And by the way, he didn’t just do it once — he did it twice. It’s pre-season. Who cares? If he does it in the regular season (which he won’t) it will be a different story.

    In the mean time it’s a tougher test for Dimke on the kickoff, which is fine because they are evaluating him anyway.

  68. jimmysee says: Aug 16, 2014 4:47 AM

    There’s no “I” in “team,” Jimmy.

  69. bengalskuta82 says: Aug 16, 2014 7:56 AM

    Whats the big deal. Let the players celebrate. Its not the MLB where everyone is sensitive. Its the NFL. Gosh!!

  70. gtodriver says: Aug 16, 2014 10:49 AM

    packmanfan says:

    What’s next? Taking away the Lambeau Leap?
    That is the best and greatest celebration in all of sports through time. They better never, ever take away that most unselfish celebration that involves the greatest fans in all of football.

    The Lambeau Leap is delay of game and should be penalized.

    It’s not an “unselfish celebration” – and it doesn’t involve the “greatest fans in all of football”.

    FWIW – the original Lambeau Leap was done by LeRoy Butler – a defensive player. Defensive players don’t score very many touchdowns – and it was a spontaneous celebration for a team that hadn’t made the playoffs of a full regulation season in decades.

    For a WR, RB, or TE to do a Lambeau Leap is the same thing as Graham doing his Dinky Dunk.

    Act like a professional and hand the ball to the ref – then go high 5 your teammates on your way back to the bench.

  71. saintswin says: Aug 16, 2014 11:15 AM

    Mean while…. Saints 2-0 this pre-season and Brees has yet to play 1 snap. Whodat Nation we are about to tear the league up this year.

  72. axespray says: Aug 16, 2014 2:49 PM

    I hope he attempts this in a playoff game and it winds up costing the aints.

  73. ckruszka says: Aug 16, 2014 10:25 PM

    Love Jimmy! GO SAINTS!

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