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Relaxed celebration rules clear about what’s legal, NFL head of officiating says

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Ezekiel Elliott still will get penalized for leaping into the Salvation Army kettle, but the Packers can feel free to have the entire offense do the Lambeau Leap. The celebration rules are clear, the league’s head of officiating said Friday, regarding what actions will result in a 15-yard penalty.

“Extremely clear, yes,” Alberto Riveron, the league’s senior vice president of officiating, said during the annual NFL Officiating Clinic in Irving, Texas. “We have plenty of film to show them; we have plenty of training videos that they will see that they have already seen. There is no gray area when it comes to that.”

Based on feedback from players, the NFL announced in May it was relaxing rules on celebrations. Players now can use the football as a prop after a touchdown; they can go to the ground; and they are allowed to have group celebrations.

“We have a lot fewer actions that are going to be penalties, and we’ll be able to focus on those and not have to worry about all the other ones,” NFL referee Carl Cheffers said.

But it isn’t anything goes. Prolonged celebrations, taunting and dunking over the goal post are among actions still banned and subject to a 15-yard penalty.

“There are some boundary lines that have been put in as far things they can’t do,” referee Walt Coleman said. “Things that are sexual suggestive. Things like a throat slash, shooting a bow and arrow. Things along that line that are violent and so forth. Those have been illegal. They are still illegal. . . . They can’t use other things as a prop. Those are still illegal like picking up the pylon and using it for a putter. They still can’t dunk the ball over the goal post. [The Salvation Army kettle] is a prop, so you won’t be able to jump in the kettle. Basically we’re going to watch what they do and let them celebrate, and if it gets excessive in length of time, then we’ll have to decide, but I’m not sure we know exactly what that length of time is.

“We know players are out there thinking up what they’re going to do, so it should be interesting and entertaining.”

Coleman is curious to see the reaction from defensive players, remembering George Teague’s response to Terrell Owens’ celebration on the star in Texas Stadium in 2000 when Owens scored for the 49ers against the Cowboys.

“Here in Dallas, obviously they know all about how they break up celebrations when they run to the middle of the field,” Coleman said with a chuckle. “So we’ve kind of come full circle as far as we stopped them from doing all that because people were breaking up the celebrations, and we were creating fights and things that weren’t very good presentation-wise for the National Football League. So now we’ve kind of come back around with the cooperation with the players and so forth, and they have asked to put some of the fun back in the league. So I think that’s what we’re going to try to do. So It’ll be interesting to see how it happens, because we have come full circle as far as where they could do it, then we got more and more they couldn’t do it, and now we’re back to allowing them to do some of the celebrations. The defensive players they don’t think it’s entertaining, so it’ll be interesting.”

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15 Responses to “Relaxed celebration rules clear about what’s legal, NFL head of officiating says”
  1. footballfan72 says: Jul 14, 2017 3:51 PM

    Still the NO FUN LEAGUE till Goodell is gone

  2. wte1 says: Jul 14, 2017 3:59 PM

    I still like how Emmitt Smith reacted after he scored a TD.

    Act like you’ve been there before and hand the ball to the ref.

  3. ketch20too says: Jul 14, 2017 4:05 PM

    Give me class acts like Emitt Smith and Barry Sanders over idiotic showboating every time.

  4. imaduffer says: Jul 14, 2017 4:11 PM

    Training film for celebrations? Isn’t that like teaching your dog an old trick?

  5. joetoronto says: Jul 14, 2017 4:12 PM

    Clear my arse, this is going to be one big mess.

  6. stellarperformance says: Jul 14, 2017 4:29 PM

    So, the invitation Randy Moss conveyed to any Viking fans in attendance at Lambeau several years ago by dropping trou will no longer be allowed?

  7. rdctxowner says: Jul 14, 2017 4:40 PM

    For the record,
    Barry Sanders did act like he had been there before. Emmitt Smith kept every touchdown football and put them up for sale at his memorabilia shop in Pensacola FL.

  8. mazenblue says: Jul 14, 2017 4:49 PM

    Why cant the lineman who make the big block or the QB tossing the rock get in on the action?? Cmon nazi’s let em play and have fun

  9. jonathankrobinson424 says: Jul 14, 2017 4:59 PM

    ….the 1st time I see the refs stalling the game to decide if a ‘celebration’ is in good taste ….is the day I’m done with the NFL. Besides the fans, don’t the owners see what they’ve done to the game????

  10. bkostela says: Jul 14, 2017 5:38 PM

    wte1 says:
    Jul 14, 2017 3:59 PM
    I still like how Emmitt Smith reacted after he scored a TD.

    Act like you’ve been there before and hand the ball to the ref.
    _________________

    Are you kidding?! Emmitt Smith kept every football he scored a TD with, so he could sell it for profit. Emmitt was all about Emmitt.

    The guy your example is referring to is Barry Sanders.

  11. abninf says: Jul 14, 2017 6:48 PM

    footballfan72 says:

    Still the NO FUN LEAGUE till Goodell is gone
    ===================================

    It’s not fun if you can’t watch men dance for you?

  12. cheeseisfattening says: Jul 14, 2017 7:44 PM

    stellarperformance says:
    Jul 14, 2017 4:29 PM
    So, the invitation Randy Moss conveyed to any Viking fans in attendance at Lambeau several years ago by dropping trou will no longer be allowed?
    ——————–
    Clearly this was a reaction to all the Packer trashing on this tread before this post. LOL the entire PFT world laughs at his hypocrisy.

  13. marvin1958 says: Jul 15, 2017 7:06 AM

    I’ll never understand WHY end zone celebrations constitute the “fun” in the “No Fun League” to some fans.

    In my book it’s more like “10 other guys me here but pay no mind to them, look at me”.

  14. h0metownzero says: Jul 15, 2017 9:57 AM

    I’m glad to see that the Lambeau Leap is still revered as the classiest celebration in all of sports.

  15. gtodriver says: Jul 17, 2017 7:52 AM

    ” but the Packers can feel free to have the entire offense do the Lambeau Leap…”

    This is the worst celebration ritual ever. It was cute the first time, but is totally abused now.

    It involves the player leaving the playing field and delaying the game.

    And now, according to some idiotic talking head, the entire team can do it too???

    The Packers were so bad for so long that they started this insane ritual of a celebration.

    It’s either that, or their players actually enjoy getting groped by drunken fans.

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