It's OK to celebrate, NFL clarifies, but watch the video anyway

Martellus Bennett said what he'd rather do than watch an NFL-produced primer on appropriate celebrations. On Thursday, Troy Vincent defended himself.

Apparently, Troy Vincent saw his Twitter mentions Wednesday night — including those from Martellus Bennett.

"I’ve been in the public eye the last 24 hours,"Vincent, the NFL’s executive vice president of football operations, said with a laugh on a conference call Thursday discussing next week’s competition committee meetings in Phoenix.

Vincent got torched by Bennett and other players over his tweet about a video put together to show players what on-field celebrations areand are not"appropriate."Bennett in particular said what he preferred to do rather than watch the video.

On Thursday, though, Vincent stood behind the video and its premise — while emphasizing that liberating players was the goal, not further restricting them.

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"Frankly, we want the officials to keep the flags in their waists, and we want the players to celebrate,"he said.

The rule about "prolonged or excessive celebrations” (the phrase used in the official NFL rule book) will not change, Vincent said. Players still cannot go to the ground, use props, involve pylons, the goal post or crossbar, or do anything premeditated or choreographed.

Clearly, though, the mildest possible violations last season — the 49ers making snow angels, Vernon Davis shooting a free throw over a goal post, Josh Norman’s bow-and-arrow imitation — are the ones Vincent prefers to be left alone from now on.

"We want officials to officiate the game,"he said. "You're not going to see rule changes, we just want to clarify and bring clarity for all."

As part of that, though, he said, without elaborating, "We think clear examples are better for our players and our coaches … There are some acts that don’t belong in the game."

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Hence, the video, which presumably will illustrate which acts will get flagged despite the emphasis on erasing the increasing perception that anything beside handing the ball to the official will become a 15-yard penalty.

That may or may not include marriage proposals to the kicking net (by Odell Beckham) and twerking (from Antonio Brown).

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