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Holmes fined $7,500 for silly celebration penalty

Posted on: December 23, 2011 5:35 pm
 
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By Josh Katzowitz

Every week, NFL players pull stupid tricks in the name of celebration on the field. But Santonio Holmes gave a praiseworthy performance last Sunday in the Jets loss to the Eagles.

After fumbling a ball that Philadelphia recovered and ran in for the score and then deflecting a pass that landed in the hands of the Eagles for an interception, Holmes caught a nice 25-yard touchdown that cut the Philadelphia lead to 18 points.

That prompted Holmes to put the ball on the turf, place his foot on top of it (thereby using it as a prop) and begin flapping his wings like a maniacal eagle. That led to an unsportsmanlike penalty.

It’s also led to a $7,500 fine from the NFL for excessive celebration, according to Newsday.



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Not only was it a silly thing to do in the first place, Holmes is a team captain, as appointed by coach Rex Ryan. Considering his controversies earlier this season when he criticized the Jets offensive line and apparently tried to help lead a mutiny against offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer, this is at least the second strike in Holmes’ captaincy tenure. After his celebration last Sunday, Holmes promptly apologized.

“He apologized for that to me but I’ll say this about Santonio and every other player on this team: They have my 100 percent support and we’re in this thing together,” Ryan said.

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"Are we perfect? No. None of us are perfect, but I'm just saying that you wish that thing never happened. I don't think it will happen again, but again, I have his back, he has mine and this whole team is that way. We just have to come out and fight for each other, we know it was a mistake and we'll learn from it."

After his penalty, Schottenheimer immediately confronted Holmes on the sideline.

“The one thing I said to Tone was ‘We had just gained momentum,’” Schottenheimer said earlier this week. “We made a great play, good throw, great route, great catch, and all I said to him was we’re trying to fight back in this thing and we need to maintain momentum. Don’t give them momentum back, and he agreed.”

As does the NFL apparently. Not that the fine will make a difference in Holmes’ every day life, but it’s a small reminder to Holmes that sometimes stupidity doesn’t only cost you field position. Sometimes, it costs you money as well.

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goodmingto
Since: Dec 24, 2011
Posted on: December 24, 2011 11:24 am
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Since: Aug 19, 2011
Posted on: December 24, 2011 1:01 am
 

Holmes fined $7,500 for silly celebration penalty

thank goodness the Steelers got rid of this clown. Two Steeler rejects sucking up the JETS now. And Rex makes San Antonio a team captain. A team captain, hahahaha! 



Since: Dec 25, 2006
Posted on: December 23, 2011 11:59 pm
 

Holmes fined $7,500 for silly celebration penalty

I have to ageree with Belichick's theory on celebration ...

Celebrate with your teammates. If you (plural) made a great play then celebrate quickly with each other.

But don't ever run some pre meditated antic ... especially when on the road as a taunt.

In my opinion, you can do a little something (within reason) while at home to the home fans ...

But drawing attention to yourself with a "look at me" type of tone is childish and unacceptable.


brian8ball
Since: Aug 3, 2011
Posted on: December 23, 2011 10:09 pm
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Since: Aug 14, 2006
Posted on: December 23, 2011 8:06 pm
 

Holmes fined $7,500 for silly celebration penalty

Wow  God-smell hates Not only Steelers, but ex-Steelers also! That loser needs to go!



Since: Nov 8, 2010
Posted on: December 23, 2011 7:25 pm
 

Holmes fined $7,500 for silly celebration penalty

Wow. Not only was the celebration itself stupid, but the circumstances were downright idiotic. You basically give two turnovers and a TD to the other team and then celebrate your score to make it an 18-point game in THAT fashion? Wow.



Since: Aug 18, 2011
Posted on: December 23, 2011 7:25 pm
 

Holmes fined $7,500 for silly celebration penalty

Why did the league have to fine him $7,500?  Why couldn't the penalty suffice?  I don't understand why the league is fining routine penalties that have no bearing on player safety.  Besides, unsportsman like celebration, while unsportsmanlike, is funny. 


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