NEW YORK -- The NFL is considering whether to discipline
Saints receiver Joe Horn for making a choreographed cell phone call in the end
zone to celebrate scoring a touchdown.
League spokesman Greg Aiello said Monday that he doesn't expect
a decision until later in the week. Horn could be fined or
New Orleans coach Jim Haslett said he would not discipline Horn.
"The league will do that," Haslett said.
After catching the second of four touchdown passes in a 45-7
victory over the New York Giants, Horn was handed a phone by
teammate Michael Lewis, who pulled it out from under the padding
used to protect the goalpost. Horn was still wearing his helmet
when he punched in numbers, put the phone to the earhole and spoke
into it for a few seconds.
"Would I take it back? No, no. I knew exactly what I was
doing," Horn said after the game. "And I understand -- I'm quite
sure that I'll be fined."
The Saints drew a 15-yard unsportsmanlike conduct penalty for
"The thing that bothered me more than anything is he put
himself before the football team," Haslett said. "To me that's
selfish. He's selfish. He shouldn't do that."
After San Francisco's Terrell Owens pulled a pen out of his sock
and autographed a football after scoring a touchdown in a game, NFL
commissioner Paul Tagliabue sent a memo to all teams warning that
other such stunts would be punished.