Brandon Lloyd Throws Ball at Ref: Cheap Shot or Bad Call?

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Brandon Lloyd Throws Ball at Ref: Cheap Shot or Bad Call?
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Brandon Lloyd was penalized for throwing the ball at an official after a play in the second quarter on Sunday, but did he deserve it?

Lloyd did toss the ball in a rather aggressive manner, though from my perspective it looked like something we see hundreds of times every year. I mean, he did throw it a bit fast, but I certainly didn't see him attempting to show up the official or anything along those lines. 

His unsportsmanlike penalty cost the Patriots 15 yards and quite possibly seven points. After the penalty, the best New England could do was kick a field goal after being put in a 2nd-and-25 situation. 

Fox Sports' Mike Pereira thinks the refs made the right call:

But the overwhelming response from most folks on Twitter is a bit different.

PFF's J.J. Zachariason quips:

Andrew Tornetta seems to agree:

Sam Meuret isn't as diplomatic:

Bleacher Report's Alessandro Miglio has a suggestion for Lloyd:

Fake Sportscenter had a better idea:

Twitter has spoken, but what do you think? 

Did Lloyd deserve to be penalized for his actions, or did the official just get caught off guard?

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