Josh Norman just wants to have a little fun. But in his opinion, the NFL is sending mixed signals to players and fans when it comes to on-field celebrations.
The Washington Redskins cornerback was penalized and fined in Week 4 after firing an imaginary bow and arrow against the Browns. Norman didn’t understand why his celebration drew the ire of the league when he claims others have done the same thing in the past and received no punishment.
“Hey! They took my darned bow and arrow away from me!” Norman said while appearing on 106.7 The Fan on Thursday. “And a couple guys have been doing it for years! And, now all of a sudden I do it, can’t do it no more. I’m trying to understand that one, still.”
Norman believes that his five-year, $75 million deal has shined a light on his antics, resulting in a double standard. He doesn’t want the league to kill players’ enjoyment of the game while diminishing the sport’s entertainment value.
“I think we have a double standard as a league,” he added. “We say want to be PG [rated] or whatever television show we showing, but at the same time we’re selling beer on TV shows when kids [are] watching. So it’s kind of like, well dang, if that’s the case and that’s good, why can’t we have fun within the game? I mean it’s a barbaric sport.”