Cleveland Browns defensive lineman Jadeveon’s bone-headed shoe throw resulted in the Pittsburgh Steelers scoring a touchdown.
Someday, football players will figure out that nothing good ever comes from throwing a shoe.
The Browns suffered on Monday Night Football because Jadeveon Clowney apparently wasn’t paying attention when Florida literally lost a game because of a shoe throw against LSU.
After Chase Claypool was stopped short of the marker on third-and-10, the Steelers got a new set of downs when Clowney pulled off the receiver’s shoe and threw it.
Jadeveon Clowney gifted Steelers a touchdown with shoe throw
He went full Marco Wilson. Never go full Marco Wilson.
The unsportsmanlike conduct call on Clowney resulted in a 15-yard penalty and first down for Pittsburgh. Three plays later Ben Roethlisberger hit Diontae Johnson for a five-yard touchdown to take a 7-0 lead.
Clowney sure must have felt like quite the clown at that point.
The moral of the story is very simple: Don’t throw shoes.
It shouldn’t be so hard for athletes to grasp this simple concept, yet the mistake keeps getting made. And it keeps costing teams in big ways.
There are a lot of reasons the Browns have a losing record this season. Plays like that are a definite contributing factor. Until they stop, Cleveland’s football purgatory is likely to continue.