Sep 8, 2013; Detroit, MI, USA; referee John Parry (132) rules a touchdown after reviewing a play as Detroit Lions running back Joique Bell (not pictured) scored a touchdown against the Minnesota Vikings during the second quarter at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports

NFL considering negating touchdowns for taunting


One of the highlights of Monday Night Football was Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Golden Tate’s touchdown, when he began taunting his opponent at the 30-yard line.  Tate was waving to St. Louis Rams safety Rodney McLeod all the way to the end zone. He was flagged on the play before he ever scored or crossed into the end zone but the score still counted.

“A lot of people felt that the touchdown shouldn’t have counted [but] a taunting foul is always treated as a dead-ball foul, meaning whatever happened during the play counts, and the foul is enforced on the next play, which would be the kickoff,” NFL head of officiating Dean Blandino said on NFL Network. “In college, this action would take back the touchdown. Tate started taunting at the 25-yard line. The college rule, that’s enforced at the spot of the foul, so they’d go from a touchdown to first-and-10 at the 40, which would be a gigantic penalty. The NFL rule, it’s a dead-ball foul, it’s enforced on the kickoff. But I’m sure that’s something that the Competition Committee will look at in the offseason.”

If they were to start calling back touchdowns for taunting there is a lot of gray area, like flipping into the end zone. It will also reinforce the “No Fun League” reputation.

Tags: Golden Tate Seattle Seahawks St. Louis Rams

  • skeletony

    Flipping a ball in the end zone is a whole different offense. While I personally would love to see NFL with NO silly TD celebrations, they already have rules to cover when too much is too much.

    Enforcing ‘Taunting’ penalties in NFL games is very problematic. A defensive player is saying rude crap about a WR’s mother all game, just loud enough for the WR to hear it but not the officials. The WR catches a bomb in the 4th quarter and runs into the end zone waving at the defensive player. What should his penalty be? Before you answer, compare this guy’s case against a more ‘Terrel Owens’ type player (who can do very little that is not harmful to the game) who, after scoring a TD or first down, pantomimes wiping his ass on a 12th man flag and flipping off the fans, just because he is that guy. What should his penalty be?

    I could sit all day thinking up hypotheticals that would demand further revision of such rules.

  • Karen Melanson Hartman

    I think they should leave it alone. That’s ridiculous , they’re already getting penalized ,, they earned that TD. , you don’t want to see what happens in our living rooms , lol