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NFL Warns Seahawks If Lynch Makes Gesture They Will Get Penalized


The NFL’s head of officiating told Sal Paolantonio of ESPN at Pro Bowl practice on Saturday that the Seahawks have been warned that if running back Marshawn Lynch makes an obscene gesture after scoring a touchdown or any other time during Super Bowl XLIX, the team will be penalized 15 yards for unsportsmanlike conduct.

If he does it after scoring a touchdown, “that means they will kick off from the 20 yard line,” Dean Blandino said.

Lynch has been fined twice for grabbing his crotch after scoring touchdowns, most recently this past week when he was fined $20,000 for making the gesture after scoring a touchdown in the NFC Championship Game.

He had earlier been fined $11,050 for making the gesture on a backwards dive into the end zone in a game against the Arizona Cardinals in December.

Lynch wasn’t flagged either time for the gestures as the officials on the field did not see his actions. Any player taunting or making an obscene gesture would presumably be similarly penalized if the officials were aware, however.

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4 Responses to “NFL Warns Seahawks If Lynch Makes Gesture They Will Get Penalized”

  1. Ghost of Sammy Baugh says:

    Hail to the REDSKINS, McCLOUGHAN and CALLAHAN will make them better.

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