Some of us think the NFL is taking things too far in its crackdown on celebrations after touchdowns, but the league’s head of officiating does not agree.
“We got a lot of questions about two plays involving the unsportsmanlike conduct rule,” Blandino said.
Davis pretended the football was a basketball and shot it over the goal post after scoring a touchdown on Sunday, and Blandino said that’s a no-no.
“The ruling on the field here is a touchdown, and then you’ll watch number 85, he’s going to shoot the football over the goalpost, mimicking a basketball action,” Blandino said. “That’s using the ball and the goalpost as a prop. That’s a violation of the rule. You can’t dunk the ball over the goalpost, shoot the ball, finger roll, all of that is illegal, using the football and the goalpost as a prop. Fifteen-yard penalty is enforced on the kickoff.”
Beckham scored a long touchdown and took his helmet off after running out the back of the end zone, which is a penalty as well.
“As part of the celebration he’s going to take his helmet off in the end zone,” Blandino said of Beckham. “That’s a violation of the rule. You cannot take your helmet off as part of a celebration, a demonstration, or as part of a confrontation with an opponent or a game official. You see he goes to the sideline, says something to the game officials, that would be unsportsmanlike conduct as well — we’ll only enforce one foul.”
Blandino’s officials correctly enforced the rules, but the big question is why NFL rules are so stringent about cracking down on celebrations. A 15-yard penalty is awfully harsh for having a little fun.