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Packers’ Bennett slams NFL’s educational video on celebrations

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Martellus Bennett doesn’t like the idea of the NFL telling him the right way to celebrate during a game.

The Green Bay Packers’ tight end wrote several tweets voicing that displeasure Wednesday in response to NFL executive vice president of football operations Troy Vincent’s saying the league is developing an educational video on the topic that it plans to show players.

Vincent tweeted Tuesday that the video would “show clear examples of appropriate and inappropriate celebrations.”

Bennett, for one, believes the league would be better off spending money on a different type of training video.

Bennett went on to blast the league for not promoting its players like the NBA does.

Oakland Raiders linebacker Bruce Irvin also took to Twitter to criticize the league for trying so hard to control the way players celebrate.

One of the items on next week’s agenda for the NFL competition committee is allowing referees more flexibility to warn players about borderline celebrations without penalizing them for unsportsmanlike conduct.

Although no formal rule change would occur, the league will emphasize to referees that it wants players to engage in spontaneous celebrations, as long as they are not prolonged or excessive. There were 30 such penalties in 2016, a small number that drew an outsized reaction from fans and media members.

“What we’ve heard from our players, repeatedly heard from our fans, is they want to give the players the opportunity to celebrate and to do it in a way that’s respectful,” NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said during an appearance on ESPN’s ‘Mike & Mike’ on Thursday morning. “Obviously, there are lines. I think everyone’s got different lines. We try to define that.

“What I would like to do is get our officials out of that and allow our officials to officiate and focus on the important things in the game … not judging whether they stay within the standards of the video or not. I want to reach out to our players and find out what are the right standards for us here, because it reflects on all of us.”

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