Maurice Jones Drew does a great LeBron impression, forgets Cleveland may have already seen it
On Sunday, the Jacksonville Jaguars traveled to Cleveland, Ohio, to take on the Browns. In the first quarter, Maurice Jones-Drew scored a touchdown and went into a celebration where he pantomimes pouring chalk on his hands before clapping them together and raising them above his head, a la professional basketball player, former Cleveland Cavalier, and public enemy number one in the state of Ohio LeBron James. Apparently the Cleveland fans didn’t appreciate the impression, some booing the running back, and MJD just doesn’t understand what the fuss is about.
“It’s unbelievable,” Jones-Drew told The Florida Times-Union this week. “It’s a celebration. That’s what you do when you score. It’s so hard to get in. I remember my first couple years I was getting in like double digits. It’s tough to get into the end zone, so when you get in there, you’ve got to be creative. I’d like to thank Pot Roast (Terrance Knighton) for bringing that up. Without him, none of this would be possible.
“It’s just funny that people get so upset about celebration.”
Yeah, Cleveland, why would you be upset that he mocked you with the signature move of the prodigal son who spurned and embarrassed you on an ESPN special to go to greener, more talented pastures in South Beach after seemingly giving up on Cleveland in his last playoff run with them just a year and a half ago? Geez, so serious. It’s not like you’ve had to watch some of the most historic collapses in sports history, like Red Right 88, The Drive, The Fumble, The Betrayal, Bottlegate, Jordan over Ehlo, or any of King James’s postseason disappearing acts. Oh wait, you have? Well, all right then, boo away. If you see any Cleveland fans today, maybe give them a hug, their teams have emotionally abused them pretty badly.
Fans of the Browns got the last laugh, however, as the chalk toss was only the first of two LeBron impressions on the day. Late in the fourth quarter, with the game on the line and his team in a position to win, the Jags put the ball in MJD’s hands…and he came up short. You have to appreciate the commitment to the impression Maurice put in. Bravo, sir. Bra-vo.