As the NFL struggles to contain the fallout from players kneeling during the National Anthem, a new controversy has emerged. In a move rarely seem in any sports league, outspoken Oakland Raider Marshawn Lynch pushed a referee during last night’s game against the Kansas City Chiefs . Lynch was not only ejected from the game, but was ordered to exit the stadium. This is an extremely serious offense.
Oakland Raider Marshawn Lynch gets ejected for assaulting an official; reportedly left stadium pic.twitter.com/zRgwxvHyRL
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Lynch ran off the sideline and into a scrum after Chiefs cornerback Marcus Peters hit Raiders quarterback Derek Carr late, drawing a flag for a personal foul. Several Raiders offensive linemen went after Peters, an Oakland native and close friend of Lynch.[…]
“I was disappointed he ran out because I knew we had a 15-yard penalty and we’d be in good shape,” Raiders coach Jack Del Rio said. “I told him you can’t leave the bench like that. That was about it. Next thing I knew, he was being tossed. The referee told me he had actually put his hands on him.”
Physical contact with an official carries a fine of $30,387. If the NFL suspends Lynch for coming off the bench to join the altercation, it would cost him a game check of $79,411.
At the start of October, Lynch wore an “Everybody versus Trump” T-shirt into the locker room before the game.
Such a bold statement.
Marshawn’s behind was hanging out.
That was an even bolder statement.
Nice job, NFL.
Picking up where Colin Kaepernick left off, “unretired” has-been Oakland Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch kept it real in August by making some sort of statement about racism or Charlottesville or something by failing to stand when the National Anthem was played during his team’s preseason NFL game against the Arizona Cardinals last night in Glendale, Arizona. Instead, Lynch sat on a cooler and ate a banana.
It is not known at this point whether Lynch was purposely using racial imagery in his decision to eat a banana (as opposed to any other food except for maybe watermelon or fried chicken) while making his anti-National Anthem statement. American University has recently pronounced bananas publicly hanging from string a racist threat. And in 2013, as was covered very extensively by ESPN, Baltimore Orioles outfielder Adam Jones had a banana thrown on the field in his general vicinity by a frustrated San Francisco Giants fan.
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