There's a pretty clear line on what constitutes a selfish penalty, and Frank Alexander checked every box on the selfish penalty list for the Carolina Panthers.
Carolina got a 13-yard sack against Seattle, which would have set up a third and 20. But that's when Alexander, a Panthers defensive end, decided to take matters into his own hands and started throwing punches.
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Throwing punches is never good in football. It's probably not going to serve its intended purpose, and when is the last time you saw someone get away with it? Well, that didn't stop Alexander, who socked Seahawks offensive lineman Breno Giacomini.
Big surprise, but Alexander was caught, given a 15-yard penalty and ejected. Well done.
The scene on the Panthers sideline wasn't pretty. Coach Ron Rivera and receiver Steve Smith (it's strange how he has become a team leader railing on guys for throwing punches, right?) went ballistic on Alexander, as they should have.
The only good news for Alexander is that later in that drive at the end of the first half, Panthers end Charles Johnson bailed him out by getting a strip sack on Russell Wilson and recovering the fumble.
So Alexander didn't cost the Panthers any points, but it's safe to say he hasn't heard the last of his bonehead action.