Eric Decker Flagged for Dropping to a Knee and Saluting the Veterans (Picture)

Rules truly are rules in the NFL.  To the league’s credit, they don’t allow exceptions.  When Roger Goodell and his people pass a new rule, they stick to it.  It doesn’t matter if you’re wearing attire that supports 9/11 victims or saluting the troops through celebration.  If it violates the rules that are in place, it’s going to draw a flag or a fine.  Eric Decker got a taste of that on Sunday when he dropped to one knee and saluted the American veterans, which of course was against the rules because he went to the ground to celebrate.

The penalty prompted Decker to tweet the following after the game: “Thinking on the plane…sad to an excessive celebration penalty for saluting the men and women in the military on Veteran’s Weekend!  As you might remember, Jared Allen was forced to change his entire sack celebration once the rule was put into place.

While it may seem absurd to not make an exception for someone who is paying a tribute to our veterans, the NFL has to tread along a fine line.  If they allow one person to do it, every person after that could claim they were supporting the troops or veterans with their celebration.  Unfortunately it’s a slippery slope and there’s not much the league can do about it.

Thanks to @jordanmocny for the picture

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  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mike-Bogue/1806200800 Mike Bogue

    While I’m sure most veterans appreciate the gesture, Mr. Decker should learn how to properly execute the salute.  At least in the US military, you salute with the right hand.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_TR5YG7NQHZLHWY4WFWM5ZWEDLM Perry Biggerstaff

    To the leagues credit my rear-end!!!  This is the same commisioner that shielded himself from boos and cat-calls at this years draft by hiding behind the presence of our uniformed soldiers.

    Goodell is a politician…a used car salesman…a snake-oil peddler…He has no regard for anything but dollar signs.  He is supposed to be looking out for the general “wellness” of the game but instead,  he is in the back pocket of the owners.  The players and fans are only worth what they contribute in revenue.    

  • Anonymous

    As a Veteran (71 yrs old), first thing I noticed was ‘left handed salute’ ????    I’ve been wondering for several decades where these self-proclaimed gods of pro-ball received their educations.    :-)

  • Anonymous

    Was Decker never a Boy / Cub Scout? How can a grown man in the United States not know how to execute a simple salute? I certainly hope the guy was serious and not tying to pull off some sick joke.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_DUXE55S4NXLFWEAA7FMSNVUEHE Richard

    For one thing you don’t salute on your knee, you are not asking someone for their hand in marriage and secondly you don’t salute with your left hand

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_BUMTT3SAFXBXKRM3FHTWUCQTBI VJMAZZ

    Decker may have thought he was doing a good thing but the execution of his attempt to salute the troops fell way short. A left handed salute and on his knee is an insult to all that wear the uniform or are veterans.   

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_MUDS3NFAPKCRJD7GH6IT43MCDI senior65gal

    I respect the man for his efforts to respect our troops. Perhaps, he was never taught how to do so properly but he gave it his best shot. Beats the hell out of Obama refusing to place his hand over his heart when the Star Spangled Banner is played or at anytime, for that matter. Or wanting to to take the oath of office of President on the Qur’an rather than the Holy Bible.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_ZRM7O6RS53DE5OB4GNZE3PV7IM B

    Several article written about the “veterans salute” given by Decker yesterday . . . . None of them mentioned that he wasn’t even using the correct hand!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_2M22JHRGWQR5L732TWHRWBL7WQ Robert Murphy

    The NFL are perfecting the role of top bottom feeders.I don’t like your shoes,$25,000 to the coffers,Showing love for your country,that’s going to cost you. The way it looks to me,the players fines are paying for this venue.MONEY,MONEY,MONEY, This religion takes lot out of your soul.

  • Anonymous

    Notice Decker is giving a LEFT .  I don’t think that shows much respect.  By the way, what branch of the service was he in??

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Naomi-Anna-Della-Vedova/630278756 Naomi Anna Della Vedova

    I think the gesture was kind. He might be left handed and didn’t think in the moment. You don’t have to be in the service to appreciate what service men and woman do for this country. Next time he will know to stay on his feet and use the proper hand. :)

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_DEEESI3WPC3UNBTOQWJGYOKOVE Dawn

    Whether on his knee or with his left hand…it was a kind gesture. I don’t feel he had any ill intentions…he was just doing what “he thought” was a sign of respect or gratitude. One could even consider the act of getting down on his knee was a sign of humility. I am sure that he was aware that there would be consequences for having done this yet he did it none-the-less.  Do we really need to rake the man over the coals??

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_HHP2GPYUXRUYV3FO5CZVA3JFYU David M

    Do it right or not at all.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_KBO5YPXXXZGMW6ALT4GIHGVDUM laci

    Laci Says, giving appreation to any vet is a honorable thing to do, and such a little thing to do for the men and wemon that have served America. Decker I salute YOU and thank you, Laci Says I served in the Navy from 64 to 68, when all you hair brains were calling all military babby killers, if you dont know that ask a vet from the viet Nam eria

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_KBO5YPXXXZGMW6ALT4GIHGVDUM laci

    Yes Naomi he just might flip all these ediots the BIG ONE the BIRD

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_TR5YG7NQHZLHWY4WFWM5ZWEDLM Perry Biggerstaff

    As a Veteran, I could care less what hand he used.  He is a football player…not a soldier.   He was showing respect to those who have sacrificed so much for this country and those who want to nitpick which hand he used or his being on his knee need to GET OVER IT!!!!

    A big thank you goes out to Mr. Decker for his attempt.  The rest of you naysayers need to look at where his heart was…not his hand.   

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_7VZA7KVEARCPG7H5C3MMLOQ3VM Bill D

    Left hand salutes are only acceptable when you have must carry something in your right hand.