Report: Stevie Johnson Faces Fine For Celebration
Buffalo Bills wide receiver Stevie Johnson will likely be fined by the NFL for his gun-related celebration mimicking New York Jets receiver Plaxico Burress on Sunday, according to ESPN.
The league prohibits players from making gestures with simulated weapons, according to ESPN. Johnson mimicked shooting himself in the leg after his touchdown in the second quarter of Sunday’s game put the Bills up 14-7. Johnson then imitated a jet flying before crashing to the turf; he was flagged 15 yards for going to the ground.
Johnson said that he was unaware that he would be penalized and added that he regrets making fun of Burress. He has apologized to Burress for the celebration.
Bills head coach Chan Gailey said that he was bothered by Johnson’s celebration but will leave it to the NFL to decide if further discipline is needed, according to ESPN.
“If I benched everybody for every dumb mistake that was made, there wouldn’t be any coaches or players out there because we’ve all made dumb mistakes,” Gailey said. “Everybody gets happy about scoring. I don’t want him to not like it. But at the same time, you’ve got to be under control.”