Redskins DB Josh Norman feels targeted by National Football League celebration rule

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"You can shoot a cannon in a stadium, or you can shoot a musket in a stadium as well", Norman said.

The Bucs' practice of shooting cannons - not real cannons, mind you - from the pirate ship in the end zone is under fire, as Redskins cornerback Josh Norman sees hypocrisy that he's not allowed to make a bow-and-arrow gesture in celebration.

The reason for this, according to the National Football League, is that it is a violent gesture pantomiming a weapon.

Norman, accustomed to Raymond James Stadium's traditions from his Panthers days, asked the Washington Post why one, but not the other?

Norman said he'll have to be creative and come up with a new celebration, but he isn't quite ready to drop his annoyance at losing his old one.

Cooks had performed the same celebration after each touchdown, dating to 2015, according to the Times-Picayune. "That's a hostile act". Like, come on, man, let's have fun.

And can they get former Rays closer Fernando Rodney for the coin toss, please? Let us do something to where we feel excited.

In the late-1980's then-Cincinnati Bengals running back Ickey Woods was able to take his famed "Ickey Shuffle" to the sideline in order to avoid a penalty, but a dance and a bow and arrow display are two different things. I can understand that. Even if it is highly unlikely that the celebration preferred by Norman and Cooks would motivate someone to pick up an actual bow and arrow. "That's how I see it". But Norman also brings up a great point...

We'll be looking out for a response from the league, though we're not holding our breath waiting for it, either.

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