The NFL launched a preemptive strike against playful celebration gestures and fined the New York Jets' Matt Simms for pretending his hands were guns.
The 24-year-old Simms is coming off a wonderful preseason game against the Eagles wherein he threw for 285 yards on 33-of-44 passing Thursday night. As ESPN New York's Ian Begley notes, the game may go a long way to convincing coaches he deserves the No. 3 nod on the Jets' tumultuous QB depth chart.
However, as Newsday Jets reporter Kimberley A. Martin reported on Twitter, the infraction didn't occur during his passing barrage Thursday night; it occurred when he went 6-of-10 for 120 yards and a touchdown against the Giants the previous week. If he has an imaginary best friend, he better keep that under wraps.
(Do-over) Confirmed Simms was fined $7,875 for unsportsmanlike conduct + Ducasse was fined $7,875 for leg whip last week vs #NYG— Kimberley A. Martin (@KMart_LI) August 30, 2013
#Jets QB Matt Simms, who looked sharp last night, fined $7,875 for celebration (Six-shooter). OL Vlad Ducasse fined $7,875 for leg whip— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) August 30, 2013
Try as I might, I couldn't find a picture or video of exactly what they are talking about here. But we have an infinite cache of Internet treasures to help us fill in the blanks.
Then again, maybe it was an egregious use of fingers, as seen here in this NSFW Spaced clip.
Or maybe NFL officials are threatened by gun sounds.
To be fair, we have no clue what Simms did exactly. Maybe he was overt in showing up the opponent. Then again, these finger guns might have been seen by only a select few.
It's odd that video and pictures are so hard to come by. If it was so egregious, GIFs and images would fill the Internet. (Again, if you have any, we would love to see them.)
As Pro Football Talk reported earlier this month, the NFL will be cracking down on celebrations (even more) this year. Perhaps it is starting with finger guns and moving on to far more dangerous items, like violent high-fives or overzealous fist pumps.
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