The NFL recently flagged and fined Washington cornerback Josh Norman for miming a bow and arrow. NFL senior V.P. of officiating Dean Blandino has since explained that the rule prohibiting the simulated use of weapons has been on the books for a while.
There’s only one problem with that. Other players have been miming a bow and arrow, without being penalized or disciplined.
One such player is Saints receiver Brandin Cooks, who has been making the gesture after each touchdown. According to Larry Holder of the New Orleans Times-Picayune, Cooks intends to keep doing it.
“I’m going to figure it out, but I’m not going to change it,” Cooks said. “The league will have to deal with it. The reason for why I’m doing it and what’s behind why I’m doing it doesn’t have anything to do with violence. . . . So I’m not going to change what I’m doing to satisfy what the league wants. That’s not what I’m here to do.”
Cooks claims that he performs the bow-and-arrow move as a reference to a Biblical story about a boy named Ishmael, who used his archery skills to survive in the desert.
“It’s one of those things that they want to fine anything and get their little . . . whatever they want,” Cooks said. “They’re not going to stop me.”
The league may not stop Cooks, but coach Sean Payton will. Remember when the league wiped out the goal-post dunk after Jimmy Graham knocked a crossbar askew? Graham vowed to keep doing it until Payton pointed out that the team had no intent of consistently kicking off from its own 20.
The impact the move will have on the team is reason enough for Cooks to change his ways, unless he can finagle an Ishmael exemption from Roger Goodell and company.