CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — On the final defensive snap of Pitt’s 23-13 win over No. 23 Virginia on Friday night, cornerback Damarri Mathis broke up a Virginia pass to turn the ball over on downs and secure victory for the Panthers.
Mathis was mobbed by the other members of Pitt’s secondary and then broke out into an individual celebration.
Mathis was flagged for taunting and given a personal foul penalty. After the game Mathis and Pitt head coach Pat Narduzzi called it a dance move. Others likened it to a machine-gun gesture.
In Narduzzi’s post-game press conference m, he said that he hadn’t seen what Mathis had done, but said “we need to be smarter than that.”
Later, Mathis apologized on Twitter, saying he was “simply doing a dance” but also gave his condolences to the victims of last Saturday’s shooting at Tree of Life synagogue.
I apologize to everyone who mistook my celebration as me shooting a machine gun. My condolences go out to all the families in Pittsburgh, I didn’t mean to offend anyone I was simply doing a dance.
— Damarri〽️ (@Damarri15) November 3, 2018