LBS- New Orleans Saints wide receiver Brandin Cooks is well aware that another NFL player was recently fined for pretending to shoot a bow and arrow, but he insists that is not going to stop him from using it as his preferred method of celebration.
“I’m going to figure it out, but I’m not going to change it,” Cooks told Larry Holder of Nola.com. “The league will have to deal with it. The reason for why I’m doing it and what’s behind why I’m doing it doesn’t have anything to do with violence. So I’m not going to change what I’m doing to satisfy what the league wants. That’s not what I’m here to do.”
Cooks explained last year that the bow and arrow gesture is actually a reference to a Bible verse in which a young boy named Ishmael survived alone in the desert by relying on his bow and arrow skills. Like the throat slash gesture, the NFL has labeled mimicking a bow and arrow a “violent act.” That means it is supposed to result in a 15-yard penalty, though Cooks has been lucky..
“Well there are different forms of doing it. You just can’t shoot (the arrow),” he said. “I’m still going to pull it out. Whatever happens after that happens. I don’t want to do anything to jeopardize my team, but I’ll figure something out."
As someone that only believes in organized religion when his team is in jeopardy of losing, I really wish Brandin Cooks was just using the guise of God to pull the wool over the NFL's eyes while continuing to do a pretty bad ass celebration. Unfortunately, it's well documented that he is one of those people that believes whether or not he is able to stop on a dime during an 8-yard curl route is solely dependent on the Lord's ever-changing will. Not that it really matters anyway. Christianity is usually a bulletproof excuse, but everyone knows the man it's being delivered to is carrying the golden gun. So bless Cooksy's heart for enjoying the Bible more than I have ever enjoyed a single piece of literature that wasn't primarily comprised of pictures, but I'm pretty sure even Jesus can't save him from Roger Goodell's wrath. Brandin Cooks can pray until his knees go numb, but something tells me the 'No Fun League' isn't all that concerned with doing right by 'The Good Book'. Can't imagine that NFL executives are spending their Sunday morning at the nearest church before handing out frivolous fines for completely harmless religious gestures, and even if they are it's probably just so they can ask for forgiveness prior to doing so.
So sorry Brandin, as much as I love the bow and arrow - whether it biblical or not - I can already see it's use coming to a swift and distinct end after the first time it results in shooting nothing but a yellow flag out of the sky. I appreciate the defiance towards a league that delivers just as much discipline out of it's ass as it does from it's mouth, but if you were around in 2012 you'd know that contentiousness doesn't exactly have a history of working out in your franchise's favor.
It was fun while it lasted though...