Josh Norman says he’s appealing fine for bow and arrow celebration

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Redskins cornerback Josh Norman celebrated his diving interception against the Browns last Sunday by shooting an imaginary bow and arrow.

The NFL’s No Fun Police are against such celebrations, and Norman said Wednesday that he will appeal the $10,000 fine he received.

Norman was penalized 15 yards for the celebration.

It’s the second consecutive week Norman has had to deal with the league’s discipline and fine system. He was fined $48,620 for a hit on New York Giants receiver Sterling Shepard in Week 3, a play for which he was also flagged.

Norman said he’d been previously warned about the bow and arrow celebration, which may make it difficult to win his appeal. In the meantime, he will just sort of sip his tea and wait.

“I have my speech on it and we’ll see what happens,” Norman said, per ESPN.com. “I hope and pray they eliminate the $10,000 fine. That was too much. At the same time we’ll see how it goes and whatever the outcome is, I respect it and I respect the league and what they’re trying to do.

“It’s hard but it’s fair. It’s one of those things when you’re the hunted you have to continue to rise above it all.”

50 responses to “Josh Norman says he’s appealing fine for bow and arrow celebration

  1. How is the “Bow and Arrow” any more/less offensive that the dances most players make upon a sack, TD, or even a 3rd down conversion.

    It’s going too far. If he mouthed off, thats different, but the Bow and Arrow, how is that worse than a “sack dance” or a “TD dance”. Next time Cam Newton does Superman, fine him too.

  2. This is probably one of the reasons, the ratings are down in the NFL, too many rules, too many flags and not enough fun. Over regulation will kill any industry but the NFL will find out soon enough.

  3. Why is a box and arrow prohibited to Norman, when it is the trademark signal of Fernando Rodney for his game-closing out? Does the NFL really have to try this hard to out-do MLB in rules silliness?

  4. As a huge Cowboys fan i despise everything about the redskins and enjoy it when they get what they deserve. But in this case someone needs to ask the NFL why he is being fined for this yet they are teaching kids its ok by allowing it in Madden 17?

  5. As a Packers fan, I feel Clay Matthew’s flexing deserves a penalty more than this. This isn’t taunting. It’s just Norman having fun while playing a GAME.

  6. rocksolid33 says:
    Oct 5, 2016 8:11 PM
    Over regulation will kill any industry but the NFL will find out soon enough.

    ——————————————————————
    The POTUS and his chosen successor would disagree with you, except for the coal industry. They know about that and simply think it’s wonderful. I’m talking to you Ohio, Penn., WV. November is right around the corner.

  7. intrafinesse says:
    Oct 5, 2016 8:08 PM
    How is the “Bow and Arrow” any more/less offensive that the dances most players make upon a sack, TD, or even a 3rd down conversion.

    Easy, he plays for a team called the “Redskins” and 64% of Native Americans were deeply disturbed by his actions.
    If he did this as a Panther no one would care.

  8. Not a Skins fan.
    Not especially a Norman fan.

    The NFL should rescind this fine with a sincere and very public apology. Then they should apologize to the fans for having to watch that stupidity. Then they should apologize to the officials for letting them work the game when it was clearly beyond their mental abilities.

  9. Why is it okay to name a franchise “Redskins” but yet not okay for a player who plays for the “Redskins” to make a symbolic bow and arrow jester. Is it because it is considered a weapon? If that’s the case then why was Marrio Williams allowed to use an imaginary sword when celebrating?

  10. Simply an idiotic decision.

    What is their concern – that he’ll poke out
    someone’s imaginary eye, with his imaginary arrow?

  11. He should appeal it, it’s a stupid fine. Brandon cooks does it every time he scores a TD and I haven’t heard of him being fined

  12. And the NFL is wondering why the ratings are down ??? They need to get their heads out of the sand and other places and realize this is ENTERTAINMENT !! Let these athletes entertain the fans and the fans will tune in. If someone scores a TD, let them do a little dance or what ever, its SUPPOSSED to be fun !! If the other team doesnt like it, then dont let them score !

  13. He’s been making that gesture all season. He did it in the Cowboys game, and then a few minutes later Dez Bryant did a gun shooting gesture. I was surprised neither were flagged for those.

    IMO, long as you’re not directing it at another player and taunting them, I don’t mind it personally.

  14. Chiefs players have done this and as far as I know they weren’t fined. I don’t understand what the issue is. It’s playing on the “mascot.” And I think it’s a cool celebration.

  15. If shooting a bow and arrow draws a fine, presumably then simulating shooting 6-shooters does as well. We shouldn’t favor the cowboys over the Indians.

    Wait, …. we may have to wait and see what the NRA says about this.

  16. (1) NFL is really missing an opportunity for fan engagement. Celebrations and big hits are made for the twitter/facebook era.

    (2) If weapons/violence is unequivocally bad, note that you (rightfully) honor the military. The military uses much better weapons than a bow and arrow. As a matter of fact, one of the best death machines is named the Apache.

  17. The NFL is slowly, but surely, turning into the NBA. Players will have more and more control. They will then decide to not be fined and decide if they want to keep their coach or get a new one.
    On your watch Goodell and it’ll be fitting of your empire.

  18. Brandin Cooks has been shooting bow and arrows after every TD the past couple of seasons and even shot one this year immediately after his 98-yard touchdown versus Oakland.

    No penalties, no fines.

  19. Didn’t the league already address this?

    Any celebration mimicking the firing of any weapon will not be allowed…

    Hand the ball to ref, high 5 your teammates, wave to the fans, point to your god if you want… but enough with the childish celebrations.

  20. medialovesthecowboys says:
    Oct 5, 2016 8:09 PM
    So “Redskins” is ok
    But shooting an imaginary bow and arrow, which no one has used as a weapon since the civil war, is not.
    ===========================
    What do you mean no one has used a bow and arrow as a weapon since the civil war. Didn’t you see the movie Deliverance?

  21. Redskins name is ok? Bow and arrow performance piece isn’t?
    He should go medieval joust celebration next week and see if it gets flagged just for fun

  22. medialovesthecowboys says:
    Oct 5, 2016 8:09 PM
    So “Redskins” is ok
    “But shooting an imaginary bow and arrow, which no one has used as a weapon since the civil war, is not.

    K.”

    I get what you are saying. But heres a fun fact. The last confirmed kill with a long bow and arrow in combat was by an englishman named jack churchill in world war II. He even carried a broad sword into battle.

  23. Josh Norman must be racist! News flash….Native Americans aren’t the only people to use a bow in human history. I’m tired of the NFL squashing all the fun. I’m tired of fans crying all the time about the team name. Every time I hear about the Redskins name it from a white liberal and never a Native American. People are called white, black, brown and yellow. What’s the difference if they’re called red. Stop running you mouths and actually physically do something help someone of any color.

  24. Soooooo….Norman plays in Washington, for the Redskins….and gets fined for mimmicking bows and arrows? Seems politically incorrect all the way around.
    My sons team mate got flagged for spiking the ball on the weekend. 15 yards for having fun.

    NoFunLeague

  25. Love Alfred Morris, but why is a bow and arrow banned but simulating a bat ok?

    As we have seen in The Walking Dead, a bat can be much more harmful than a bow and arrow these days!

  26. Give it a rest. You won the game. Browns were penalized by two blatantly bad pass interference calls and a phantom fumble that cost them a win.

  27. In their efforts to expand viewership beyond dedicated football fans, the NFL is killing interest by dedicated football fans. The law of unintended consequences is beginning to show its effect with reduced viewership.

  28. haliganhooligan says:
    Oct 6, 2016 12:35 AM

    I get what you are saying. But heres a fun fact. The last confirmed kill with a long bow and arrow in combat was by an englishman named jack churchill in world war II. He even carried a broad sword into battle.

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    If this is true, its 100% bad ass…

  29. I often wonder what guys like Dick Butkus or Jim Brown think of all these celebrations. Heck, a team can be down 37-0 and yet their defensive lineman will be celebrating after getting a sack against the backup QB. These guys need to just play the game.

  30. So the guy is warned in advance about doing something, does it anyway, and then complains that he got in trouble for it. And he is a victim according to many people on here? Got it.

  31. Shooting an invisible bow and arrow used to be Brett Keisel’s sack celebration (either that or paddling an imaginary canoe). Da Beard was never flagged or fined for this during his playing career, as far as I can remember.

  32. imaginary bow and arrow, which no one has used as a weapon since the civil war, is not.
    ——–
    Just so people know …..bow and arrows were not used during the Civil War.

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