Whether it’s the big shot at the end of a quarter or that crowd-pleasing dunk, players understandably like to show off their emotion as well as swagger after big plays. In football, when players score a touch down, they have a little victory dance to celebrate their play.
Terrelle Pryor, a member of the Cleveland Browns, did the LeBron James stomp and chest pump after scoring a touchdown against the Washington Redskins. Now, it looks like he could actually get fined for doing it. Pryor spoke with members of the media after the game.
— Eric Clark (@Go_Ohio) October 2, 2016
The NFL has been issuing punishments and fines for “choreographed celebrations” as they’re called. Here’s the official section on celebrations from the NFL Rulebook, via SB Nation:
There shall be no unsportsmanlike conduct. This applies to any act which is contrary to the generally understood principles of sportsmanship. Such acts specifically include, among others:
e. Prolonged or excessive celebrations or demonstrations by an individual player. Players are prohibited from engaging in any celebrations or demonstrations while on the ground. A celebration or demonstration shall be deemed excessive or prolonged if a player continues to celebrate or demonstrate after a warning from an official.
f. Two or more players engaging in prolonged, excessive, premeditated, or choreographed celebrations or demonstrations.
Clearly, the NFL considers celebrating like LeBron James a choreographed celebration or taunting. It was great to see Pryor gave a shout out to the King with the stomp celebration.