The NFL has fined Lions wide receiver Nate Burleson $10,000 for his celebration last Sunday against the Eagles.
After Detroit Lions wide receiver Nate Burleson scored a touchdown against the Philadelphia Eagles last Sunday, he celebrated by pretending to release and shoot a bird. Unsurprisingly, this didn't go over well with the
No Fun League National Football League, which decided to fine Burleson $10,000 for his actions. According to the Free Press, Burleson said he was fined because his celebration included a "violent action toward another team." Yeah, I'm sure Eagles players really thought this was violent (via Cosby Sweaters):
Burleson is going to appeal his fine. In the end, he will likely end up having to pay the $10,000 fine, as I can't remember a fine for a celebration ever being overturned. It should be, though. I get the fact that the NFL doesn't want players pretending to shoot birds, but live a little, Roger Goodell. There's no need to make it so players can't have any fun after scoring a touchdown. That's what college football is for. Besides, it's not like you know for sure he was pretending to shoot a bird with a gun. Just ask Burleson, who gave a hilarious explanation for the celebration.
"It could have been a super soaker," he said.
The good news for those who enjoy Burleson's celebrations is that he plans to keep doing them despite the fine. In fact, he says he is going to have something planned for the Chicago Bears game on Monday Night Football. Hopefully he will get into the end zone again and have a chance to show us what he's got up his sleeve.