Steve Johnson celebration costs Buffalo Bills a victory
And the award for most tasteless touchdown celebration goes to: Buffalo Bills receiver Steve Johnson.
After scoring during Buffalo's 28-24 loss to the New York Jets, Johnson pretended to shoot himself in the leg, mocking Jets receiver Plaxico Burress, who spent almost two years in prison after accidentally shooting himself at a New York nightclub three years ago.
Referees gave the Bills a 15-yard penalty for Johnson's excessive celebration, setting the Jets up for a game-tying touchdown just before halftime. Considering the Bills lost by four points, you could say that was the difference in the game.
To his credit, Johnson was apologetic after the game.
"It hurt our team. It was very stupid of me going through that, and I feel like I cost our team by doing that," Johnson said. "It was a bad decision. It's irrelevant whether or not I rehearsed it or not. At the end of the day, it cost our team seven points.
"I have to apologize to everyone and talk to Coach. I can't be doing that. I need to be mature about the situation."
Burress said Johnson's actions didn't bother him.
"I don't have any reaction to it. I'm a big fan of his,” Burress said. "He's a great, young talent, and I love to watch him play. That doesn't bother me at all."
-- Houston Mitchell