Buffalo Bills wide receiver Stevie Johnson reached out to New York Jets wide receiver Plaxico Burress on Sunday night after his touchdown celebration that mocked Burress’ 2008 accidental shooting.
“I didn’t talk to him on the phone. I just shouted a text message,” Johnson said Monday. “He responded and everything’s cool.”
Johnson celebrated a second-quarter touchdown catch by dancing and then grabbing his high, a reference to when Burress accidentally shot himself in the leg in a New York night club. He continued by mocking the “flying Jet” celebration and then falling to ground.
He was penalized for excessive celebration, which helped set up a scoring drive in the Jets’ 28-24 win.
Johnson said following the game he regretted the incident and felt that it cost the Bills the game.
“It’s an unfortunate situation with me being immature like that,” Johnson said Monday. “I talked to him and he responded and it was cool.”
Despite being the subject of heavy criticism, Johnson said he refused to let the aftermath of his celebration bother him.
“It’s nothing to me now,” Johnson said. “I’ve already been through it last year. You can’t say live, laugh, love and learn and you don’t learn from anything. I’ve learned from last year from all the talk and all the negativity surrounding it. I just smile and laugh.”