NFL Players Saluting is Banned, but still okay

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  1. The Benjamin

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    The NFL has Banned the Military Salute as a means of celebration. However JJ Watt said he will keep doing it, and the NFL says that it is fine if he does.
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    J.J. Watt: My salute is military appreciation, not taunting
    Posted by Michael David Smith on August 8, 2013, 5:55 PM EDT
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    NFL officials have been visiting training camps and reminding players about new rules and important points of emphasis for the 2013 season, and one of those points of emphasis will be strict enforcement of the rule against taunting. In the league’s rule book, one of the examples of illegal taunting is the “military salute.”

    The military salute happens to be the way Texans defensive end J.J. Watt celebrates his sacks, but that doesn’t mean he’ll be penalized if he does it this year. The NFL will only crack down on military salutes, spinning the ball and other types of celebrations if those celebrations are specifically directed at opposing players. And Watt wants to make it clear that when he salutes, he does it toward the crowd in recognition of members of the military watching the game.

    “I do my salute as a sign of respect and appreciation to the military,” Watt told the Houston Chronicle. “When I was in Afghanistan [on a USO tour] I had soldiers tell me they appreciated me showing them respect. That’s what it’s for.”

    Watt said it would be “a bad deal if they’re going to take away something I’m trying to show respect to the people who protect this country,” but he doesn’t have to worry. As long as Watt doesn’t get in the face of the quarterback he just sacked when he gives the military salute, the NFL says he can keep doing it.

    http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.co...salute-is-military-appreciation-not-taunting/
  3. Mr. Deliverance

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    Its unbelievable how much stupid shit the NFL tries regulating. Big fucken deal players salute.
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    Bring back the fun bunch but have some of the fans join in. I'm tired of the police state "no fun league".
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    It funny how the NLF wants to ban things that don't have a thing to do with the game, but have never banned hits made on Offensive players after they cross the End Zone Line.
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    meh, you mean you cannot taunt the other players? Don't care, next.
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    As a military man currently serving I understand players don't mean to be disrespectful. I can say this, some one who uses the salute and has never severed is mildly wrong.

    It's almost like posing as a military member. Yeah the prez salutes etc, but he is our cic.

    I simply won't return a salute from someone who hasn't served.

    Not a big deal in the end, but I understand the nfl on this one.

    Helping our vets in need is a better way to show respect or appreciation.

    There are a lot of vets who need medical help... I'm talking about vets from wars past, not necessarily younger vets..
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