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Washington’s Josh Norman Earns Latest NFL Celebration Penalty

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Josh Norman's bow and arrow pose earned him a penalty.

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Josh Norman recorded his first interception for Washington on Sunday, and he was excited. So excited, in fact, that he busted out an imaginary bow and arrow to celebrate with the home crowd in Landover, Maryland.

However, the referees had other ideas in mind, because they slapped Norman with an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty for “shooting a bow and arrow” – the actual reason given by referee Jeff Triplette –  which cost the team 15 yards. As ridiculous as it may seem, the NFL’s former vice president for officiating explained on Twitter that players “cannot simulate shooting a bow and arrow just like you can’t simulate shooting guns.”

Following the game, Norman said he expected a warning for his celebration, but certainly not a penalty. Otherwise, as he told them, he wouldn’t have done it.

“I thought they were gonna warn me this time, too,” Norman said. “Else, I wouldn’t have done it! I step to the side, thinking I’d be OK, but they caught me.”

No word yet if he’ll receive a fine like Pittsburgh’s Antonio Brown was hit with earlier this season when his twerking celebration fell under what the league considers an act that’s “sexually suggestive or can otherwise be construed as being in poor taste.”

Fortunately for Norman, his weekend wasn’t all bad news. The Carolina Panthers, who had a lengthy contract dispute with him during the offseason, fell to 1-3 on the season following a loss to the Atlanta Falcons because wide receiver Julio Jones torched them for a record-setting performance. Since his former team is struggling to establish themselves as title contenders without him, Norman responded by trolling random doubters on Twitter and saying he’s just going to “sip my tea on that one.”

You know, just another day in the life of star NFL cornerback Josh Norman.

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