ESPN- “I’m not for that at all,” Lewis, who is on the NFL Competition Committee, said of the change. “We had a good standard, and the whole standard has always been, you want to teach people how to play the game the correct way and go about it the correct way, and that’s not a very good example for young people.”
Lewis said he didn’t like the idea of emphasizing individuals in a team sport.
“The rules were changed for a reason, and I thought we had a good outcome,” he said. “Again, this is a team game, and … I don’t understand why we want to give in to individual celebrations.”
Generally I find it to be silly to compare apples to oranges. There's usually very little to gain from going the "oh yeah..." route with views that are merely disjointed in their hypocrisy. That said, if Marvin Lewis wants to die on this highfalutin hill then I feel like I should have the right to bury his body with the whole fucking fruit basket.
Marvin Lewis. The longtime (some might say way too long) head coach of the Cincinnati Bengals. The overseer of the roster who is notoriously well known for having a rap sheet that puts Jay-Z's discography to shame. The supervisor of a team who oddly makes concessions in the name of talent, but whose character issues only seem to manifest themselves in playoff losses.
Consider this - Marvin Lewis' organization just drafted a guy who was caught on camera shattering a woman's jaw and casually walking out of restaurant with no remorse like all he did was leave some spilled soda for someone else to clean up, and the sports world's collective reaction was "figures". Now granted, someone was going to give Joe Mixon a job, but that someone deserves to be shamed if they follow up that moral compromise by going the "what about the poor children?" route to impede the path towards more unflaggable end zone dances.
I'm fully aware that there's very little correlation between overindulgent displays of individuality and domestic abuse, but - Christ Almighty - if you are going to be so hyper critical of the former I would think you'd be a little less forgiving of the latter. Especially if your reasoning is predicated on teaching young people the correct way to handle their business. Call me crazy, but casting a guy with a history of putting himself above the team by acting outside of the law doesn't exactly fit the script in terms of the fictitious "all for one and one for all" scene that Marvin Lewis is trying re-create in his locker room. The grainy footage that made every other team in the league pass on the Bengals' new running back at least once is a lot more detrimental to the eyes of our youth than a clip of Antonio Brown performing a lap dance on a goalpost.