NFL severely fines Vikings WR Justin Jefferson for celebrating which captured the minds of the fans

NFL severely fines Vikings WR Justin Jefferson for celebrating

 

 

The NFL fined Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Justin Jefferson following a celebration following a touchdown he scored against the Carolina Panthers on Sunday, October 1.

 

ESPN’s Kevin Seifert reported on the nearly $11,000 fine the league levied on Jefferson for taunting after he made a “too small” gesture toward cornerback D’Shawn Jamison in the end zone in the final play of the third period.

 

“Justin Jefferson was fined $10,927 for unsportsmanlike conduct in last Sunday’s win over Carolina,” Seifert posted on X on Saturday, October 7. “The timing of the fine corresponds to the encounter this and the amount corresponding to the first violation for taunting.Let’s continue.

 

Justin Jefferson’s famous ‘Griddy’ celebration did not result in an NFL penalty

 

 

GettyWide receiver Justin Jefferson of the Minnesota Vikings catches a pass for a touchdown against Carolina Panthers defensive back D’Shawn Jamison during an NFL game in October 2023. The NFL’s definition of provocation, according to NBC Sports, is:

 

 

“The use of inflammatory or provocative actions or words intended to create ill will between teams.”

 

The on-field penalty for taunting is a loss of 15 yards.

 

Jefferson is known for his famous touchdown celebration, The Griddy, which did not result in a taunting penalty. Subjectively, the difference in the eyes of the NFL could be that the “too small” gesture, widely used among NBA players, is aimed specifically at opponents rather than for general, fun celebration. more about a great match.

 

For his part, Jefferson told Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio after the game that his choice of antics was a message to the rest of the league.

 

“I mean, it’s a message to the league,” Jefferson said. “I’m going out there to show that it doesn’t matter who’s out there giving me a hard time. I will perform a play. I will do one thing. I will do anything for my team to win.

 

The Vikings try to turn things around after a difficult start to the season

 

 

Jefferson’s enthusiasm was understandable, even if his celebration against the Panthers was a little over the top. The Vikings started the season 0-3, although they played competitively in all three games except the second half against the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 2. Minnesota lost a close game to the Los Angeles Chargers at home in Week 3 after quarterback Kirk Cousins ​​threw a late interception in the end zone. Jefferson expressed frustration with all the losses before the Carolina game, then came out and scored twice to lead the Vikings to their first win of the year and a 1-3 record.

 

Jefferson leads the league with 543 receiving yards through four games. He also had 33 catches and three touchdowns, including two against the Panthers last weekend.

 

Minnesota now faces an epic test at home against the defending Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs in Minneapolis on Sunday. According to Draft Kings Sportsbook, the Chiefs are 3.5-point favorites entering Saturday night.

 

Max Dible covers the Green Bay Packers, Minnesota Vikings, Chicago Bears, Cleveland Browns and Golden State Warriors for Heavy.com. He covered local and national news as a reporter for West Hawaii Today and served as news director for BigIslandNow.com and Pacific Media Group’s Big Island radio group before joining Heavy.

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