There’s no hugging in football!
At least according to the official who flagged Seattle Seahawks safety Earl Thomas after he celebrated a recovered a fumble he ran for a touchdown by hugging the side judge, Adam Kemp.
Kemp immediately flagged Thomas for unsportsmanlike conduct.
Earl Thomas gave the referee a hug after scoring a defensive touchdown 😂 https://t.co/eel3rOBd4M
— Brennan Cassidy (@brennandcassidy) October 30, 2016
Thomas didn’t know he was penalized until after the game.
“I just found out they penalized me for that,” he told reporters.
“I’m having fun, just excited about the moment. I only live three hours away from here. I’m just thinking, like, ‘Man, everybody back home just saw me score.’ You never know what happens when you go into these games, and then the ball goes your way. Just an exciting moment. That’s just how I celebrated.”
Many on social media thought the penalty was ridiculous too.
List of things you can do in the NFL after a big play.
3.Hug the referee (wait you can’t do that now)
— JC (@JCfromVA) October 31, 2016
It was just a hug, sheesh. Way to kill spontaneity.Earl Thomas hugged a referee. You better believe that’s a penalty https://t.co/W7pJpcBh2Q
— Misty (@MistyOjaiGirl) October 30, 2016
It’s sad how you can’t even hug a Referee after a touchdown without him giving unsportsmanlike conduct 👏🏻😑@NFL
— Jarrod (@Jarrod1423) October 30, 2016
— Chris Snethen (@ChrisTom) October 30, 2016
— Tim Neral (@WisTim55) October 31, 2016
— Jonathan Laurenzo (@JonLaurenzo) October 30, 2016
— Ashlee Keil 11/11/16 (@LukesScarecrow) October 30, 2016
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