DeAndre Hopkins does his best AJ Brown celebration, immediately gets flagged because the NFL hates fun
The Arizona Cardinals lost a tight game yesterday against the Los Angeles Chargers 25-24.
With just 15 seconds left on the clock, Justin Herbert threw a 1-yard touchdown pass to Austin Ekeler with 15 seconds left, and then found Gerald Everett for a two-point conversion to secure the win for Los Angeles.
The Cardinals are now 4-8 on the season and a miserable 1-6 at home. Yikes.
DeAndre Hopkins caught four passes for 87 yards and a touchdown in yesterday’s game, but I’m here writing about the Cardinals because of something I missed last week. Hopkins got called for a penalty that everyone in Philadelphia will definitely recognize against the 49ers.
In what’s now dubbed the AJ Brown Penalty, Hopkins caught a flag after pointing at two chargers defenders that couldn’t stop him from hauling in the pass from Kyler Murray.
DeAndre Hopkins Flagged for AJ Brown Celebration
DeAndre Hopkins Touchdown
If you remember, AJ Brown embarrassed the Pittsburgh Steelers earlier this season, bringing in six receptions for 156 yards and three touchdowns.
Brown was fined $10K for pointing at the two Steelers defensive backs that had zero chance in stopping him. After the game, the NFL literally drug tested Brown because he was so dominant against Pittsburgh.
You can watch every touchdown from his career high performance right here.
Back to last week’s flag, I have no idea why the NFL is calling that a penalty in the first place. All Hopkins (and Brown) did was point at defenders. You can do complete group celebrations in the end zone, run down the field, pose in front of cameras, and jump in the Salvation Army bucket but god forbid you point and two defenders who can’t cover you.
Make it make sense!