Jets’ Pouha: Stevie Johnson Celebration Insensitive To 9/11

NEW YORK (WFAN/AP) — Much has been made about Stevie Johnson’s touchdown celebration on Sunday, during which the Bills receiver mocked Plaxico Burress by pretending to shoot himself in the thigh.

Well, the fallout continues. Jets defensive tackle Sione Pouha asserted on Monday that Johnson was also insensitive to the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

After mimicking Plax, Johnson put his arms out and acted like a plane — something Santonio Holmes does after scoring — but then crashing into the turf in the Jets’ 28-24 win Sunday.

Pouha said the antics hit too close to home because of the attacks that occurred 10 years ago in Manhattan, a few miles from MetLife Stadium.

“Us being from New York, we like to hold ourselves to integrity, and that airplane thing, in my opinion, was kind of a dagger a little bit,” said Pouha. “Considering the circumstances that we just celebrated — not celebrated, but in remembrance of what we just had on Sept 11.”

Pouha said it was an “unprofessional” gesture by Johnson, whom he says didn’t take into account that 9/11 is a “sacred moment.”

“We all stand for pride around here,” he said. “All of us are from this region, so we know that’s a sacred moment for a lot of people, and it’s a very sobering moment.”

Johnson, who says he’s not one for regret, expressed it Monday for his over-the-top celebration.

Even boisterous Jets coach Rex Ryan called it “ridiculous.”

“I was really expecting Plax to come back at me, making this like a rivalry thing, you know Bills-Jets,” said Johnson. “They talk, we come back at them, he come back at me. I was expecting him to do something funny in the end zone. … but he didn’t.

“So I was seeing it was probably more serious than what I took it. So I regret doing that, yeah.”

It cost Johnson and the Bills 15 yards on the ensuing kickoff, which turned out to be a failed squib kick — a moment that turned the game in the Jets’ favor.

“If anything, you scored on me, so come at me if anything,” said cornerback Darrelle Revis. “But that’s just wrong. To me, it wasn’t smart on his part.”

Should Johnson be fined by the NFL? Make your case in the comments below…

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  • Daniel Helming

    That’s so stupid. And celebrations are stupid. And celebration penalties are stupid. Get rid of all of them. But not by penalizing them. It puts refs in a cheerleading judging contest.

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  • Daniel James Younger

    Cry me a river. Had nothing to do with 9/11. Get over it.

  • BleacherCreature26

    you dont make a joke about plane crashes. this is New York City, home to perhaps the most tragic day in our nation’s history. johnson meant absolutely no disrespect to 9/11, but you just have to know better.
    props to Pouha for standing up for the greatest city in the world.

    • GreenHater

      Ummmm….but he doesnt care when team mates do it. Double Standard?? Maybe??

      • GreenHater

        h t t p : / / w w w . y o u t u b e . c o m / w a t c h ? v = M 0 5 k 9 I Q 3 4 y Y

        At 1:00 into video you will see what i mean

  • DB

    This Pouha guy’s a real genius huh?

  • GreenHater

    What bs, he doesnt complain when Holmes does it, or when Sanchez did it last year. Give him a tissue to wipe those tears away

  • Vanessa Lo Pinto

    oh, give it up jets! so what if stevie johnson has a little fun. don’t be so uptight! it had nothing to do with 9/11.

  • G$

    I live in the city and I am a huge Sept 11th sympathizer, but when I saw it I didn’t think it was a reference to 9/11 at all. Him shooting himself in the leg before pretending to be a plane and crashing clearly shows he was mocking the other teams players. I only saw some similarities after reading this article.

  • Randy

    He’s right, Stevie Johnson is so insensitive. Let’s also ban those NYC hating, 9/11 sympathizing Beastie Boys because their Licensed To Ill album cover shows a plane crash.

    Can we please stop this nonsense? The only thing Stevie did wrong was drop the game-winning ball.

  • Nelson

    Pouha.. Every person who has seen the clip knows it was about the JETS and that’s it.

  • Patrick Noack

    Seriously, give it a rest. He made the gesture of a plane crashing in reference to their name the JETS. If it is such a “sensitive” topic they chould change their team name.

  • Anthony Lewis

    – Oh stop it, Pouha.

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