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The hits keep coming from the Seahawks’ brutal loss to the Titans in Week 2. As if losing in overtime at home after building a 15-point lead at halftime wasn’t bad enough, a couple of players have been fined by the league for penalties they committed against Tennessee.
According to Tom Pelissero at NFL Network, right guard Gabe Jackson has been fined $12,875 for unsportsmanlike conduct, while cornerback D.J. Reed was hit up for $5,111.
#Bills CB Levi Wallace ($9,526) and #Seahawks CB D.J. Reed ($5,111) were also fined. As @RapSheet said, #Steelers G Trai Turner got the biggest fine for unsportsmanlike conduct for spitting at an opponent ($15,450).
— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) September 25, 2021
Some of Seattle’s 10 flags (costing 100 yards) were well-earned. This new emphasis on taunting and unsportsmanlike conduct is absurd, though. Every year officials go completely overboard policing one particular part of the game. After a public outcry, things calm down and by the middle of the season nobody even remembers what the emphasis was.
There are still a couple months’ worth of games to go, but hopefully that’s the case for the 2021 season and this puritanical fixation on taunting.