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Mike Tomlin downplays Diontae Johnson’s late TD celebration

Should we be angry at players for celebrating TDs in circumstances such as this?

NFL: Arizona Cardinals at Pittsburgh Steelers Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Just one week after Steelers WR Diontae Johnson fell under the microscope for his lack of hustle on a fumble by Jaylen Warren, in which he ultimately did take ownership of, Johnson did something that now has him in hot water with the fanbase yet again.

Late in the 4th quarter of the Steelers blowout loss to the Arizona Cardinals, Johnson scored a touchdown in what would be considered “garbage time.” The endzone visit was punctuated by a rather lengthy celebration.

When asked about the celebration after the game, Johnson said that he was just playing football, and that he wasn’t going to give up just because the team was down.

I want to make it known that I’m not in any form or fashion condemning this behavior, but I do want to point out that neither did his coach Mike Tomlin today during his press conference. He gave a strange answer when asked about his thoughts on the subjectively poorly timed celebration.

His second response of “not that I’d share with you guys,” could imply that his feelings on the matter are not exactly positive. But all in all, it’s just a very strange answer.

I get not wanting to throw your player under the bus for the second consecutive week, but not being familiar with what happened seemed like an easy out for Tomlin.