Golden Tate’s actions have NFL in talks over issues of taunting.
The NFL may look into negating touchdowns that involve taunting penalties.
This recent consideration came just as Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Golden Tate was seen pointing and waving at safety Rodney McLead who was trying to stop him as he made his way to the end zone making an 80-yard touchdown. A flag was thrown even before Tate made his way to the end zone, but was not penalized. The penalty was later assessed at the kickoff. After the game, Tate apologized for his actions to his teammates saying it was “immature of me.”
Things may change for next season as NFL head of officiating Dean Blandino is taking the matter into serious suggestion.
“A lot of people felt that the touchdown shouldn’t have counted [but] a taunting foul is always treated as a dead-ball foul, meaning whatever happened during the play counts, and the foul is enforced on the next play, which would be the kickoff.”
Blandino touched on the taunting rules enforced by the NCAA and how they should become apart of NFL rules as well.
“In college, this action would take back the touchdown. Tate started taunting at the 25-yard line. The college rule, that’s enforced at the spot of the foul, so they’d go from a touchdown to first-and-10 at the 40, which would be a gigantic penalty..But I’m sure that’s something that the Competition Committee will look at in the offseason.”
So like it or not, with many already calling the NFL the “No Fun League” the taunting penalty is in talks. It sounds a bit harsh, but rules are rules; or will be next season.
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