The No Fun League At It Again
One of the best moments of my life turned upside down in a matter of seconds… – Kevin Fitzgibbons
What are we doing, NFL? The league just dropped the hammer on a 20-year-old content creator named Kevin Fitzgibbons for giving his camera up during the now iconic Tyreek Hill backflip touchdown celebration earlier in the season.
According to NFL news from Fitzgibbons, the league has suspended his game credentials and he might not ever get them back. Look, I know the NFL has rules it needs to uphold, and having league employees seemingly favor certain players isn’t a good look.
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However, we’re really gonna start suspending 20-year-olds for having fun while referees blow calls that ruin games and they get no punishment? I think that’s ridiculous. I understand having a stern talking with the kid and letting him know he can’t do that again but we’re going to kill his dreams this early in his career?
The real kicker is that Hill and the Dolphins don’t seem to be in trouble. Looks like Fitzgibbons is going to be the fall guy in this situation. I’m sorry but that seems kind of ridiculous. From my understanding, he did social media for the NFL. Aren’t social media people supposed to do creative things to help expand the brand?
I think getting an up-close look at one of the NFL’s best players doing a fun celebration is a great look for the league. They did not think so. Why is it OK for Taylor Swift to be the banner photo for the NFL’s social media pages for weeks when that’s obviously a Chiefs thing? It doesn’t make any sense.
Now, far be it for me to suggest what the NFL should and shouldn’t do. It’s easily the most popular sports league in the US right now but it isn’t popular because of how buttoned up the league is. No, people like to watch a fun product.
Just ask the MLB how trying to make sure nobody has fun has worked out. It’s easy to forget that the MLB used to be the most popular league before it got boring. I just really don’t understand why the NFL is so hellbent on toning down celebrations as long as they aren’t horribly offensive.
“They said regardless if I knew the celebration was coming or not, I still had to be disciplined and that I shouldn’t have jumped on the sidelines after the play,” Fitzgibbons said. “One of the best moments of my life turned upside down in a matter of seconds. I get why the NFL had to make this decision and wish I could’ve done something to prevent it, but I’m thankful for the memory Tyreek gave me.
“This was the greatest job in the world and I never took a day for granted. I can’t thank the NFL enough for the opportunity. Whether it’s back with the NFL or starting a new sport, I just hope to get another chance at doing what I love.”
The journey continues… pic.twitter.com/QsrXjI0eeE
— kfitz (@kfitzsports) November 29, 2023
While it’s easy to get up in arms over this situation, Fitzgibbons was an NFL employee so he does have different rules than a regular media member has. He probably should’ve known he was taking a risk by collaborating with Hill. At the end of the day, the NFL should relax and try to have more fun with their content for NFL games.