After last week’s bow-and-arrow flap, everyone should know the NFL forbids players from celebrating by pretending to use weapons.
Now, everyone should know you’ll get in trouble for taking opponents to the gun show, too.
The NFL fined San Francisco 49ers running back Carlos Hyde $9,115 for flexing his muscles at Arizona Cardinals players during an Oct. 6 game.
Hyde was also flagged for muscling up after a second-quarter play, a swing pass he caught before barreling into Cardinals cornerback Marcus Cooper, who bore the brunt of the brawn.
It’s a violation of Rule 12, Section 3, Article 1 (i) (3), which prohibits a variety of acts if they’re “committed directly at an opponent. These acts include, but are not limited to: sack dances; home run swing; incredible hulk; spiking the ball; spinning the ball; throwing or shoving the ball; pointing; pointing the ball; verbal taunting; military salute; standing over an opponent (prolonged and with provocation); or dancing.”
Cracking down on unsportsmanlike conduct has been an emphasis for the NFL this season. But some players have made clear their frustration with the enforcement of the rules.
Washington Redskins cornerback Josh Norman ripped the NFL over penalizing and fining him for a bow-and-arrow celebration, and New Orleans Saints receiver Brandin Cooks has said he’ll continue to do a variation of his own bow-and-arrow routine.
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