CLEVELAND — Todd Bowles was not happy with Isaiah Crowell and he let him know it.
Crowell, who played his first four years in the league for the Browns, celebrated in a bizarre way after scoring his second touchdown of the game in the Jets’ 21-17 loss Thursday night. Crowell took the ball and rubbed it on his rear end as he was looking into the stands.
He was called for a 15-yard unsportsmanlike conduct penalty and got an earful from Bowles.
“He just said he understands I’m passionate but you can’t do your team like that. You can’t be selfish,” Crowell said. “It was just me being passionate about the game. I know I can’t do that.”
Crowell had a smirk on his face while he was talking so it didn’t seem to bother him too much. He also said his gesture — which could earn him a fine from the league — had nothing to do with being back in Cleveland or facing his old team.
“I’m that passionate every every game,” he said. “If I get in the end zone, I’m going to be passionate. So that didn’t really have much to do with it. I just got to control myself. I don’t feel like it had anything to do with the stadium I was in.
“It wasn’t a message toward anybody. You have to play the game with passion and that is the way I play. I did it so I have to accept whatever punishment comes with the celebration. I know that I can’t put my teammates in that position.”
The penalty was assessed on the kickoff. The Jets were fortunate that the Browns didn’t score on the ensuing drive, but Bowles made his dissatisfaction with Crowell’s antics clear.
“That was inexcusable,” Bowles said. “We addressed it. It will never happen again.”