CFL critical of Gott’s beer-chugging celebration

The CFL is taking steps to ensure a touchdown celebration that went viral won’t be repeated.

Ottawa Redblacks offensive lineman Jon Gott went to the stands and chugged a beer Friday night after his team scored a touchdown. The video has been viewed by millions of people across North America.

The CFL says while it may have been fun, even funny, have it happening again and again is not in the best interest of the league. The CFL is putting rules in place prohibiting celebrations involving or mimicking drugs or alcohol.

Gott will not face any discipline since what he did fell within league rules.

CFL's statement:

"We are amending our policy on on-field celebrations to prohibit the use of alcohol or drugs and the mimicking of the use of alcohol or drugs.

Football is a game and for our fans it is a source of entertainment. It should be fun. That is why we amended our on-field celebration policy this year to, among other things, allow the use of props.

When a player celebrated a touchdown this weekend by drinking a fan’s beer, he was acting within that policy and no discipline was mandated.

However, the situation prompted several discussions with our clubs which indicated concern there is a risk that repeated celebrations featuring alcohol, or for that matter drugs, could send the wrong signal about our players, especially to young and impressionable fans.

To put it simply, to have this happen once may, for many people at least, have been fun and even funny. But to have it happen again and again, and possibly include other substances, was not in the best interests of the CFL or the communities it calls home."