Detroit Lions running back Jamal Williams a breakout star this past season with a league-leading 17 rushing touchdowns, was fined twice totaling nearly $32,000 for excessive celebrating after touchdowns. The fines were more than those of an opposing player who shoved a Lions trainer. That’s asinine, and the league needs to something about it.
During a recent appearance on a podcast hosted by teammate Amon-Ra St. Brown, Williams let out his frustrations concerning how the league slectively handles player celebrations, effectively taking the fun out of the game.
“Honestly, I feel like I’m not doing nothing wrong. They just being weenies.”
“I just feel like they’re trying to take my personality away, my joy,” Williams said.
“Because now, I literally have to stop doing it. So now, when I score, I’m literally just gonna sit down and pout, like a little baby or something.”
Williams continued, “They wanna fine me, yet put all that stuff up there, brand it, and put me up there and use it. But they want to take my money, though. Hmm.”
Williams isn’t the first and definitely won’t be the last to be fined or complain about being fined for having fun after touching paydirt.
Jamal Williams mic’d up is just the best 🔥 (via @Lions) pic.twitter.com/m1KJuqpEDV
— Overtime (@overtime) January 6, 2023
NFL Stands For ‘No Fun League’
Protect the shield at any costs is what the NFL does. Even if sometimes that means taking the fun out of the game. Each week, fans watch NFL players score touchdowns, get interceptions, recover fumbles and celebrate.
Some notable celebrations are the infamous “Griddy” celebration started by Minnesota Vikings star Justin Jefferson, or the version made famous by Dolphins tight end Mike Gisecki. Antonio Brown’s “Put That Sh*t On” dance was making its way around the NFL earlier in the season. It’s all in fun.
But tell that to the decision-makers in the league offices, who love to send out fines following weekly games. In retrospect, the league has earned the nickname “No Fun League,” and, unfortunately, it’s well-deserved.
NFL Cracked Down On Taunting, TD Celebration Fines Are A Joke
There is a strict rule in place for taunting another player, as there should be, but fining a player for a touchdown celebration — even when they don’t do something from the book of T.O., Ochocinco or Joe Horn and use a prop — is ridiculous. The NFL is big business entertainment, and it’s supposed to be fun and entertaining. Fans love the celebrations. The choreographed ones shared by offensive lineman and members of the secondary after a big play are fan favorites.
Who didn’t love seeing Cam Newton “dab” or perform his “Superman” after touchdowns. It’s a huge reason why fans came to see Newton and the Panthers. His charisma and creativity combined with elite talent.
So Jamal Williams gets fined 18k for a touchdown celebration that he wasn’t even flagged for during the game.#7 gets a 13k fine and #90 gets absolutely nothing for a forearm the swift’s head. Atrocious!
— [email protected] miC/O (@RBurrowmiCO1) January 15, 2023
As for the Lions, they just experienced a winning season for the first time in since 2017 after starting the year 1-7. Those fans in the Motor City finally have something to cheer about under head coach Dan Campbell, who when hired was looked at as a lame duck coach.
First Detroit Lions Back To Rush For 1,000 Yards Since Reggie Bush
This season Williams went out and rushed for over 1,000 yards and those aforementioned 17 rushing touchdowns. He became the first Lions tailback to hit the 1000-yard plateau since Reggie Bush in 2013.
He forms a great duo with slasher D’Andre Swift, who. when healthy, can take any play the distance. The former UGA Bulldogs star averaged 5.5 yards per carry, and if not for injuries would’ve finished with more than 542 yards rushing on just 99 carries.
Lions Post Draft Offense:
QB: Jared Goff
RB: D’Andre Swift
RB: Jamal Williams
WR: Jameson Williams
WR: DJ Chark
WR: Amon-Ra St. Brown
TE: T.J. Hockenson
TE: James Mitchell
LT: Taylor Decker
LG: Jonah Jackson
C: Frank Ragnow
RG: Halapoulivaati Vaitai
RT: Penei Sewell
— The Detroit Report (@TheDETReport) May 1, 2022
That duo combined for 22 rushing touchdowns, meaning many opportunities to celebrate, expect that to continue in 2023.