Lions wide receiver Amon-Ra St. Brown became the first NFL player to record a touchdown this season after opening up the scoring in Detroit’s showdown against Kansas City last Thursday, and he apparently came very close to also becoming the first player to get flagged for their celebration thanks to what unfolded after he crossed the goal line.
If you missed St. Brown’s TD, the Lions were facing a 3rd-and-8 situation nine yards away from the end zone with less than three minutes to go in the first quarter when Jared Goff connected with the wideout on a short crossing route before he brought it to the house.
While it didn’t take long for the camera to track down St. Brown, the broadcast quickly cut away from the WR after he decided to commemorate his achievement with a little bit of hip-thrusting, and while he didn’t go full “Disgusting Act,” he definitely strayed into “Lewd” territory.
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That led to plenty of fans referencing the popular Key and Peele sketch where fictional football player Hingle McCringleberry is repeatedly flagged for hitting the “three pump” threshold, which (at least to my knowledge) isn’t a thing that actually exists in the NFL.
However, based on what St. Brown had to say about what unfolded after he scored, art may actually be imitating life (or, depending on how you look at it, the other way around).
Earlier this week, St. Brown sat down for a conversation with The 33rd Team and shared what he was told after he headed back to the bench following his celebration, saying:
“I hit it. No flag. I get to the sideline, sit down, I’m celebrating.
Then, my receiver coach is like, ‘Hey Saint, one more pump and they said they were gonna throw the flag.’ I’m like, ‘Hey, it’s done now. I got it off. No more pumps.’
Apparently, the ref told our head coach that if he does one more pump, they were going to throw the flag.”
The more you know.