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The NFL Wants To Change The Rule So That A Taunting Penalty Negates A Touchdown


As Golden Tate crossed the 25-yard-line Monday night, he turned and waved to Rams free safety Rodney McLeod, who almost caught up to him. Tate scored, of course, but was slapped with a 15-yard penalty that was enforced on the kickoff. Some found that to be a strange punishment for a violation that occured before the ball crossed the goal line, namely, the NFL.

[NBCSports] “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 said. “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. The NFL rule, it’s a dead-ball foul, it’s enforced on the kickoff. But I’m sure that’s something that the Competition Committee will look at in the offseason.”

Here’s our take.

The NFL is a self-regulating organism. As much as it’s obnoxious and unsportsmanlike to do what Golden Tate did, discounting the touchdown as a punitive measure doesn’t fit the crime. A penalty that allows for a touchdown to happen should negate the score, but a penalty that has to do with “manners” should be taken care of with a fine. Either way, a guy who taunts like that gets a target on his back, which, as well all know by know, is a punishment in and of itself.

Let us know what you think. We’re curious…

H/T Pro Football Talk

  • bc puckett

    So this jackass is running down the field with the ball when he draws the flag and it is considered a “dead-ball” foul. It sure looked like the play was alive to me. Suppose he got hit and fumbled with the Rams recovering after he drew the flag. I’m sure the ball would have been “live” then. Only in the NFL could the ball be alive and dead on the same play.

  • BBunsen

    “…discounting the touchdown as a punitive measure doesn’t fit the crime.” That depends on your attitude toward unsportsmanlike conduct. Obviously, the NFL strongly believes that adult millionaires shouldn’t behave like immature brats, and wants that crap to stop. Just as obviously, you think it’s pretty much okay. Since the NFL runs pro football and you don’t, I’d say they get to do what they want.

  • Seahawk

    I was embarrassed by that, but was happy it was a dead ball foul. That being said, it shouldn’t be.

  • Jake O’Donnell

    They do get to do what they want. They could suspend players for having earrings. I’d disagree with that too.

  • Jake O’Donnell

    That’s a great point, dude. It’s bending the core principles of the rules of football to make a point about sportsmanship. Thanks for the input. Keep commenting!

  • Anonymous

    Well the Rams secondary should keep their mouths shut then. If they werent trash talking the entire game Tate wouldn’t have done that.

  • Stacy Powers Valdez

    All these rules are ruining the game! A little hamless taunting should be allowed, excessive, or in your face type can be called.. but c’mon man…let em play some ball!

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