Maurice Jones Drew, MJD, Mojo, whatever you want to call him, is one of the premier running backs in the NFL.
It’s a shame he plays for one of the worst teams in the NFL.
His numbers of recent years have coincided with the team’s failures, dropping below what people expect of him and what he himself expects of his own performances.
Nonetheless he is still finding a way to draw everyone’s attention. Recently in Jacksonville’s trip to Cleveland to play the Browns, MJD found himself in the end zone and proceeded, as ever, to celebrate the touchdown.
The celebration was viewed as classless, a low blow and basically a direct insult to the city of Cleveland.
Is it worth me even mentioning what the celebration was or are we pretty much all on the same page here?
I’m going to say it anyway. It was the famous, or I guess now infamous, LeBron James powder toss.
Plenty of NFL players have performed it, the most significant obviously coming from then Steelers wide receiver Santonio Holmes in their 2009 Superbowl win, making that classic tippie toe catch against the Cardinals with only seconds remaining. More recently Nate Burleson unashamedly did the celebration in Cleveland directly to the Browns fans, attempting in no way to cover up the motivation.
Since his somewhat controversial (sarcasm) move to Miami, LeBron has become a somewhat despised (again sarcasm) figure and thus everything that fits under his label too comes under some criticism (…yep). Therefore it’s pretty common knowledge that emulating The King in any way, shape or form is going to result in you too becoming controversial, despised and criticised.
MJD was well aware of this and well aware of where he was doing it. He is still playing the innocent card though…
“It’s unbelievable. It’s a celebration. That’s what you do when you score. It’s so hard to get in. I remember my first couple years I was getting in like double digits. It’s tough to get into the end zone so when you get in there you’ve got to be creative. I’d like to thank Pot Roast for bringing that up. Without him, none of this would be possible.
It’s just funny that people get so upset about celebration.”
(Pot Roast is Terrance Knighton’s nickname)
Not that I condone the ridiculous inability of most of the people of Cleveland to move on from LeBron James, but you can understand some of the backlash. It’s pretty clear it was a shot in some way at the team, the fans and the city. There is no way MJD did it, as he says, purely to celebrate because it’s tough to get in the end zone. If so then…well there is no if so, he knew what he was doing.
There’s nothing wrong with it at all, just him trying to justify it as something else makes it a bigger deal than it needs to be.
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