Stevie Johnson Celebration: NY Jets' Sione Pouha's Criticism Is Crazy

Wes ODonnell@wesodonnellFeatured ColumnistNovember 29, 2011

MIAMI GARDENS, FL - NOVEMBER 20:  Receiver Stevie Johnson #13 of the Buffalo Bills makes a catch in front of Cornerback Vontae Davis #21 of the Miami Dolphins at Sun Life Stadium on November 20, 2011 in Miami Gardens, Florida.  (Photo by Marc Serota/Getty Images)
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Stevie Johnson not only lost the game for the Buffalo Bills on Sunday, but now he's taking shots in the media from all angles.

We've heard people (most notably the addled Merril Hoge of ESPN) call for him to be cut.

We've heard other ESPN analysts give him the "C'mon Man" treatment.

We've heard his own coach check and now we're hearing Jets defensive tackle Sione Pouha coming after the young Buffalo receiver.

According to Sports Illustrated Pouha's thoughts are:

Pouha says Monday that Johnson putting his arms out and acting like a plane - something Santonio Holmes does after scoring - but then crashing into the turf in the Jets' 28-24 win Sunday was "kind of a dagger'' because of the attacks that occurred 10 years ago in Manhattan, a few miles from MetLife Stadium.

Pouha says it was an "unprofessional'' gesture by Johnson, whom he says didn't take into account that 9/11 is a "sacred moment.''

We are all well aware that Johnson was being unprofessional. Heck, he pulled out pretend guns and shot himself in the leg before even taking flight during his celebration on Sunday.

For Pouha to link Johnson's four-second Santonio mockery to an event that happened 10 years ago is over the top and out of line.

We know for a fact that the Bills receiver's intention was to mock Santonio Holmes. Would Pouha say Santonio was being disrespectful if he accidentally tripped and fell to the ground while "flying" around after a touchdown?

No, because his intention isn't to attack any "sacred moments."

Pouha needs to settle down and not take a pointless celebration so seriously.

Johnson was wrong and he's already acknowledged that. 

The young star is catching enough heat as it is (and deservedly so), but to try and pile on anti-American ties is craziness.