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Sione Pouha: Stevie Johnson’s Airplane Celebration Disrespected 9/11 Victims

A lot has been made of Stevie Johnson distastefully mocking Plaxico Burress on Sunday and dropping two potential game-winning touchdowns.  Johnson deserves all the criticism he has gotten for all of that, but until recently not much had been said about the second half of Johnson’s touchdown celebration — when he mimicked a plane going to the ground.  At the time many believed it was the fake gunshot that drew an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty, but it wasn’t until Johnson went to the ground in celebration that the refs threw a flag.  Jets defensive tackle Sione Pouha thought the second half of Stevie’s showboating was just as disrespectful as the first.

“Us being from New York, we like to hold ourselves to some integrity, and that airplane thing, in my opinion, was kind of a dagger considering the circumstances of remembrance of what we just had on Sept. 11,’’ Pouha said according to the NY Post. “It was just unprofessional. We all stand for pride around here, and that’s a sacred moment for a lot of people and it’s a very sobering moment.”

Time to draw the line.  Yes, Johnson acted like an idiot in pretending to shoot himself in the leg and yes, he may have cost the Bills a win with his lack of concentration.  But he was not taking aim at anything that had to do with 9/11 when he imitated a plane going down.  In case Pouha has forgotten, the name of the team in New York that he plays for is the Jets, and has been for a long time.  Santonio Holmes, Burress, and some other Jet players often imitate an airplane after they score a touchdown.  Johnson was simply poking fun at that.  Saying he was being insensitive toward 9/11 victims is just a poor attempt at piling it on.

Stevie Johnson Says Miscommunication, Not Dropped Pass, Reason for Loss

Stevie Johnson had himself a textbook day to forget on Sunday.  For starters, his mocking of Plaxico Burress shooting himself in the leg was completely uncalled for.  Then, he went to the ground pretending to be a plane going down, which cost his team 15 yards and quite possibly enabled the Jets to erase the touchdown he had just scored.  At first Johnson apologized and said the celebration cost his team the game, but shortly thereafter he took to twitter and made it clear that he doesn’t regret being himself.  The boneheaded end zone dances weren’t the only thing that cost the Bills.

With less than a minute remaining in the game and Buffalo trailing by four, Johnson found himself wide open over the middle of the field.  Had he caught the ball, he might have sprinted all the way to the end zone.  Instead, Fitzpatrick put the pass right on the money and Johnson flat-out dropped it.  As Stevie indicated on his Twitter account after the game, that’s not the way he saw it.

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Stevie Johnson Doesn’t Regret Gun Celebration; Plaxico Burress Not Offended

Bills receiver Stevie Johnson is not new to flamboyant celebrations in the end zone. Last year against the Bengals, he broke out a “Why So Serious” Batman shirt after a touchdown. On Sunday against the Jets, he mocked Plaxico Burress by pretending to shoot himself in the leg before flying around like a jet and crashing.

The Jets got revenge by coming back to win the game. Johnson also dropped a big pass in the final minute. Not only did he screw up on the final drive, but he’s also not apologizing for his celebration.

“I’m just being myself man I don’t regret being the real me 24/7 and you shouldn’t either. I don’t knock y’all for gettin at me like this. I’m a G haa,” he wrote on Twitter.

Johnson at least apologized to his teammates for getting penalized 15 yards for unsportsmanlike conduct.

Plaxico Burress, who caught a touchdown to tie the game after Stevie’s score, was cool about Stevie mocking him.

“For the record I talked to S. Johnson #13. It’s all love.”

Again, it’s much easier to forgive when your team gets the win.

Stevie Johnson Mocks Plaxico Burress by Pretending to Shoot Himself (Picture)

Just before the two minute warning in the first half of their game with the Jets, Buffalo Bills receiver Stevie Johnson scored on a short five-yard slant. It was particularly impressive since he was covered by Jets’ star cornerback Darrelle Revis. After the score, Johnson decided to celebrate with a little dance and pretended his hands were guns. Then, he pretended to shoot himself in the thigh — a shameless mocking of Plaxico Burress’ self-inflicted gunshot wound.  You can see a video of the play over at NFL.com, but here is a screenshot from the celebration:

Getting creative with touchdown celebrations like this one earlier in the season, but Johnson took it a little too far on Sunday.  It would be tough for the NFL to fine Johnson for something like that given all the celebrations we’ve seen over the years, but I’ve seen Roger Goodell issue fines for much less.

Steve Johnson Shows Joker ‘Why So Serious’ T-Shirt After Scoring Touchdown

Bills third year receiver Steve Johnson is developing into a star before our eyes. The former 7th round pick exploded for eight catches, 137 yards and three touchdowns in a comeback win Sunday over the Bengals. He now has 52 catches for 728 yards and nine touchdowns on the year. Johnson knew he was going to score Sunday, evidenced by his planned celebration. After getting into the end zone for the first time, Johnson lifted his jersey to reveal writing on his undershirt that said “Why So Serious.” Check it out:

In case you’re wondering about the reference, the Joker said that line in the Batman movie. Apparently Johnson was calling himself the Joker to Chad Ochocinco and Terrell Owens’ Batman and Robin. Give Johnson some points for the creativity. Maybe next time he’ll have two additional celebrations planned.

Photo Credit: AP Photo/Ed Reinke