Between Rex Ryan and Mark Sanchez, the New York Jets always seem to be in the negative spotlight. Now their 4th string quarterback has brought on more controversy by pretending his hands were guns during a celebration after a touchdown drive.
The NFL is cracking down of playful celebrations after touchdowns and Matt Simms is the latest victim. Simms has been fined $7,875 for “unsportsmanlike conduct during his pre-season game against the New York Giants. While the NFL didn’t specify on what Simms was being charged for Ian Rapoport helps clear things up.
#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
Simms was penalized after he came in and finished a drive resulting in a 22 yard touchdown pass to Ryan Spadola after a Mark Sanchez shoulder injury.
Simms is coming off a remarkable pre-season game against the Philadelphia Eagles which may have solidified his spot as the third-string quarterback for the Jets. Simms threw for 285 yards and went 33 for 44 passing on Thursday night.
The NFL is taking a strict approach on celebrations and taunting opponents this season and has a drawn up list of infractions such as “home run swings” and “military salutes”. The NFL can now add “finger six-shooters” to that list of infractions.