Michael Jackson’s death affected the sports world in many ways, from his music video with Michael Jordan to his epic Super Bowl performance, to say nothing of the effect his life had on individual athletes. So it’s no surprise to see a CFL player pay tribute to him during a touchdown celebration. Sounds like a nice gesture, right? Ahem.
After catching a 21-yard TD in Wednesday’s season opener vs. the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, Toronto Argonauts WR Arland Bruce took off his helmet, shoulder pads and uniform and laid on his back in the end zone, with his arms crossed over his chest. You see, Bruce was paying homage to dead Michael Jackson, and not the zombie “Thriller” version.
(Video after the jump.)
Bruce is a U of Minnesota product who had a cup of coffee with the Chiefs and played a season on special teams with the 49ers before heading north of the border. He’s also either incredibly respectful or disrespectful of the dead, I’m not sure which.
I don’t think I need to tell you, he received two “objectionable content penalties” for the display, and the league is looking into further punishment. I think I need you to tell me what “objectionable content penalties” are, seeing as how we don’t cover too much CFL action here. More stories like this and that might change.
“I made the mistake of telling him in camp that once he got to the end zone I didn’t care what he did,” Toronto coach Bart Andrus said later. “But he’s straight with it now and I think next time around he will celebrate in an appropriate manner.”
Unlikely. Bruce made headlines last year when he donned a Spider-Man mask following a touchdown, and was fined for that as well: