The NFL hit Jamaal Williams with a monster $13,315.25 fine after the Detroit Lions for conduct following a suggestive touchdown celebration.
Jamaal Williams : Touchdown celebration | Dance
Jamaal Malik Williams is an American football running back for the Detroit Lions of the National Football League (NFL).
|April 3, 1995
|6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
|224 lb (102 kg)
|Summit (Fontana, California)
|2017 / Round: 4 / Pick: 134
He played college football at BYU and was drafted by the Green Bay Packers in the fourth round of the 2017 NFL Draft.
Williams attended Summit High School in Fontana, California. While there, he played high school football for the Sky Hawks.
A 3-star recruit, he committed to Brigham Young University (BYU) to play college football over an offer from Boise State.
Jamaal Williams Touchdown celebration
The NFL hit Jamaal Williams with a monster $13,315.25 fine after the Detroit Lions running back was flagged for unsportsmanlike conduct following a suggestive touchdown celebration in Week 3, according to NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero.
After he scored a 13-yard touchdown in the third quarter – his second of the game – Williams thrusted his hips three times, which prompted the flag from the officials.
The dollar amount sounds rather large, but it’s actually only slightly more than the collectively bargained fine amount for the first offense of unsportsmanlike conduct.
It would cost Williams $18,566 if he does it again. Miami Dolphins defensive lineman Christian Wilkins was also fined $13,315 during a scrum with the Buffalo Bills in Week 3.
The Lions will need Williams more than ever this week against the Seattle Seahawks. Running back D’Andre Swift and wideout Amon-Ra St Brown were already ruled out with injuries, leaving the Lions severely depleted on offense. Williams rushed 20 times for 87 yards and the two scores against the Vikings.
He has 168 rushing yards and a league-leading four touchdowns through three games.
The former BYU star celebrated the touchdown with a celebratory dance based on a kit from the Key & Peele show featuring Keegan-Michael Key, a famous Lions fan.
Williams was penalized for unsportsmanlike conduct for the “excessive” dance.
The running back is in his sixth NFL season and second with the Lions. This season, Williams had run for 168 yards and four touchdowns on 43 rushes.
Prior to his time in the NFL, Williams was a star running back at BYU from 2012-16. During his college career, he ran for 3,901 yards and 35 touchdowns.
Viewers were quick to draw comparisons to a sketch from the Comedy Central series ‘Key & Peele’, in which a pelvic-thrusting wide receiver played by Keegan-Michael Key gets called for excessive celebration due to “too many pumps.”
“That’s three pumps and the rule book says you cannot have more than two,” one of the commentators says in the sketch.