Former Atlanta Falcons running back Jamal Anderson has tweeted his disgust at New York Giants receiver Hakeem Nicks, who on Sunday performed the former Falcon’s signature ‘Dirty Bird’ touchdown celebration upon scoring a touchdown in his side’s 24-2 victory over Atlanta.
Nicks, clearly mocking Anderson and the Falcons, performed ‘The Dirty Bird’ – which involves arm flapping and an exaggerated sideways movement of the hips – following a 72-yard touchdown run which resulted in the Giants winning the game and advancing in the playoffs.
Following Nicks’ reinterpretation of ‘The Dirty Bird’ in front of the television cameras, Anderson, who was watching the game from his Atlanta mansion, took to Twitter to express his disgust at the ‘up yours’ shown towards the Falcons.
“NO HE DIDN’T!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!,” he cleverly retorted, typing under the handle @jamthedirtybird.
His excessive use of exclamation marks – there were 23 – has led some analysts to suggest Anderson was possibly in a cocaine-induced stupor and accidentally passed out whilst having his finger over the exclamation mark key on his computer.
Anderson was arrested in February 2009 on suspicion of cocaine possession. Atlanta police said that Anderson and another man were snorting cocaine off a toilet bowl in the bathroom of the notorious Peachtree Tavern nightclub.
However, many other NFL insiders have theories for how the excessive number of punctuation marks could have come about.
”He probably just doesn’t know what an exclamation mark means. Or that you really only need one,” said a Falcon insider who spoke to The Public Apology anonymously. “NFL players chase a ball round a field for their whole lives – they don’t have much time for English usage lessons during their careers. Not many top players come out of the English department at Bennington,” he went on to say.
When later asked about the unauthorised performance of ‘The Dirty Bird’ and his furious – and grammatically puzzling – response via Twitter, Anderson expressed remorse.
“Btw, I’m not mad at Nicks,” Anderson Tweeted. “I Broke out the Dirty Bird in 98, it’s trending on Twitter in 2012. When people think about Dirty Bird, they all know I was the dirtiest bird of all time.”
By Nick Gordon