NFL Warns Marshawn Lynch Obscene Gesture Will Result in 15-Yard Penalty

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistJanuary 24, 2015

SEATTLE, WA - JANUARY 18:  Marshawn Lynch #24 of the Seattle Seahawks gestures after scoring a touchdown against the Green Bay Packers during the 2015 NFC Championship game at CenturyLink Field on January 18, 2015 in Seattle, Washington.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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The next time Marshawn Lynch decides to go with his signature touchdown celebration, it will cost him and the Seattle Seahawks.

Dean Blandino, the NFL's vice president of officiating, revealed to ESPN's Sal Paolantonio that should Lynch reach down to his groin and make an obscene gesture, officials will flag the Seahawks for unsportsmanlike conduct. They'll incur a 15-yard penalty on the ensuing kickoff if Lynch does the gesture after a touchdown, via Pro Football Talk's Michael David Smith.

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ESPN's Adam Schefter reported Friday that Lynch's charity will actually benefit if the Seahawks running back is penalized Sunday:

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This is the gesture the NFL is seeking to avoid Sunday:

The league informed Seattle of the rule change.

On Thursday, the NFL fined both Lynch and Seahawks wideout Chris Matthews for doing the celebration in Seattle's NFC Championship Game victory over the Green Bay Packers, per ESPN's Adam Schefter and NFL.com's Ian Rapoport:

Adam Schefter @AdamSchefter

NFL fined Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch $20,000 for an obscene gesture after his TD in Sunday's NFC Championship... http://t.co/36bthWh8NH

Ian Rapoport @RapSheet

#Seahawks WR Chris Matthews was fined $11,025 for making an obscene gesture (he grabbed his crotch), not for shaking Marshawn Lynch’s hand

It marked the second time the league has punished Lynch for said celebration. Clearly, Blandino feels that a potential flag might be a stronger deterrent than hitting the Pro Bowl running back's wallet.

Between his TD trademark and aversion to postgame press conferences, Lynch has become a thorn in the side of the league.


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