Pitt Football Player Catching Heavy Criticism For Apparent Machine Gun Celebration

first_imgA wide-angle view of Heinz Field during a Pitt game.PITTSBURGH, PA – SEPTEMBER 24: A general view of Heinz Field during the game between the Pittsburgh Panthers and the Notre Dame Fighting Irish during the game on September 24, 2011 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)The city of Pittsburgh endured an incredible tragedy last Saturday morning, when a gunman murdered 11 people at the Tree of Life Synagogue during a ceremony. Days later, a Pitt football player’s on-field celebration is causing an uproar.The Panthers scored a huge win over Virginia tonight, handing the team sole possession of first place in the ACC Coastal Division for the time being.Unfortunately, defensive back Damarri Mathis’ celebration is overshadowing that accomplishment a bit.After a big pass break-up in the fourth quarter, Damarri Mathis appeared to celebrate by imitating a shooter with a machine gun.This is not really an appropriate suggestion in most contexts to be honest. It is especially thoughtless considering the school he plays [email protected] so #16 Mathis on Pitt celebrated a big play simulating shooting a machine gun. Of all places. pic.twitter.com/m8bdMhRyO5— vjporter (@VJporter) November 3, 2018The easiest explanation here is that Mathis just wasn’t thinking. For better, or very likely, worse, guns are part of the larger culture, so you can see where a celebration like this can come from.I highly doubt he meant anything specific or threatening by it, but it is about as bad a look as you can get given the circumstances.We’ll hear an explanation soon I’m sure.last_img

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