NFL to Crack Down on Player Celebrations

| by Michael Allen
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The National Football League will be cracking down on player celebrations again.

According to, referees are going to be watching for players that spin the ball on the ground in order to taunt their opponents after a big play.

Referees at the training camps of the Minnesota Vikings and Carolina Panthers went of their way to warn players against "spinning" in the upcoming season or they will get a 15-yard penalty.

Spinning is not the only 15-yard violation, the 2012 NFL rulebook reads like a Supreme Court case law book:

Violations of will be penalized if any of the acts are committed directly at an opponent. These acts include but are not limited to: sack dances; home run swing; incredible hulk; spiking the ball; spinning the ball; throwing or shoving the ball; pointing; pointing the ball; verbal taunting; military salute; standing over an opponent (prolonged and with provocation); or dancing.

It's not all doom and gloom, a NFL spokesperson told that the crackdown on “spinning” only applies to teams moving the ball down the field, not a touchdown.

However, players may want to consult with a lawyer first.