Josh Norman feels picked on by bow-and-arrow celebration ban

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The NFL has relaxed rules about on-field celebration by players, but not everything has been deemed OK by the powers that be.

Celebrations involving the use of imaginary weapons are still against the rules, something that NFL official Carl Johnson confirmed in a visit to Redskins camp on Sunday. That meant a reminder for cornerback Josh Norman that his bow-and-arrow celebration would continue to draw him the penalties and fines that he drew for using it last season.

As you’d imagine, Norman isn’t a fan.

“You’re just picking on one person here,” Norman said, via ESPN.com. “[Brandin] Cooks has been doing it for years, and now all of a sudden you want to quit and stop it? Why is that?”

Norman was penalized and fined for the celebration last year while Cooks, who has explained his biblical inspiration for the move, avoided league discipline. On top of that disparity, Norman also noted that the league doesn’t seem to have an issue with simulated violence.

“You can shoot a cannon in a stadium [in Tampa], or you can shoot a musket in a stadium [in New England] a well,” Norman said. “If one of them is bad and looked at as dangerous, how come not all of them are looked at in that way? … When someone shoots an imaginary bow and arrow up in the sky, that’s a penalty? … An imaginary bow-and-arrow. Why is that violence? You saying the people that came before us were violent? That’s how I see it.”

That’s not the way the league has opted to view it, which means it will be in the best interests of both Norman and the team to come up with a different way of celebrating. Norman says he plans to do that and we’ll have to wait to see if it passes muster with the powers that be.

19 responses to “Josh Norman feels picked on by bow-and-arrow celebration ban

  1. Why is this so hard to understand people? Goodell has a wheel he spins to make all decisions. Sorry Josh….Goodell spun and you lost.

  2. I guess nobody was talking or writing about Josh Norman so he had to make something up so he gets some attention.

  3. Absolutely a stupid thing to penalize.
    But Norman needs to stop getting stupid penalties this year too- how many times did we see him smack the wr in the helmet comings off the snap last year? I think it was against Cincinatti he did it over & over even after drawing flags for it. That’s dumber than the bow & arrow routine

  4. one more year of mediocre stats and this guy will just be remembered as, another CB who couldn’t cover OBJ and tried to be relevant and news worthy!

  5. Hey Josh, how about you focus on football instead of choreographing celebrations? You can open a dance stdio or go to mime school when your NFL career is over.

  6. I dislike Josh Norman but I guess he ha a point.
    But it doesn’t bother me at all because I hate choreographed celebrations.
    I like JJ Watts salute when he sacks someone though.

  7. Branden Cooks? Trent Cole has been doing a bow and arrow celebration after a sack for like, 10 years now. No one’s ever said anything about it in a negative way before.

  8. By virtue of you claiming, “Brandon Cooks has been doing it for years,” then the league is obviously not singling one person out and you are not as original as you think, Joshua.

  9. If Cooks is not penalized than Norman shouldn’t be either. Corrupt Goodell and his double standards in action

  10. Oh, grow up and just play the friggin’ game. What is with all the childish, “Look at me! Look at me!”?

  11. Josh may well a point — but making a big deal about it is not a smart move for him.

    He already has a target on his back by the refs because, well, he’s earned that target because of his actions against OBJ and others. Spouting off because he doesn’t like a rule is a way to keep the refs thinking about him — and keeping the target squarely on him.

    Whether Goodell is right or wrong on this, the smarter move for Norman would be to stop that gesture, shut up, and play ball. He might be someone who could benefit from some adult supervision in his life.

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