Earlier this week the NFL said they were going to ease up on touchdown celebration penalties. It turns out Bengals legend Chad Johnson might've had something to do with it.
Johnson was a guest on Jason La Canfora's "B-More Opinionated" podcast.
“I knew the rule change was coming," Johnson told La Canfora. "I had talked to Roger [Goodell] a couple of times at length, maybe two or three times, before the rule change came out. And he asked my advice on what he could do to be able to loosen the reins on the celebration rules, but at the same time maintain the respect and integrity of the game.”
Johnson was known for his end zone celebrations during his time in Cincinnati. Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis didn't always like Johnson's antics, so it's no surprise Lewis wasn't a fan of the laxed celebration rule.
“I’m not for that at all,” Lewis told ESPN's Katherine Terrell. “We had a good standard, and the whole standard has always been, you want to teach people how to play the game the correct way and go about it the correct way, and that’s not a very good example for young people.”
It sounds like Johnson and Lewis have a good relationship now, but Lewis was never a huge fan of Johnson's celebrations. Now, Johnson helped ensure that Lewis' current players can celebrate in the end zone. That his hilarious if you ask me.
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