In case you missed the highlight from Monday’s game, Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Golden Tate caused a stir when he decided to celebrate his 80-yard touchdown catch by waving at St. Louis Rams players as he ran the final 25 yards. In the days following the play, it has come out the the NFL may consider adopting a stricter taunting rule, one similar to the rule in college football that allows touchdowns be potentially revoked due to that type of unsportsmanlike conduct.
Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll weighed in on the issue this week, saying that a taunting rule that would allow referees to eliminate touchdowns would be bad for the game:
It puts too much pressure on officials to change a game like that. I think that would be a terrible thing for an official. It’s terrible for college football to put it on a back judge to have to figure out whether to take a touchdown away (USA Today Sports).
Carroll went on to say that Tate definitely deserved the 15-yard penalty, though:
We wish it wouldn’t have happened for a lot of reasons, and the statement he made and we make about it is clear. There’s no place for that in football. We don’t need that at all. He gets the regular scrutiny he should get, and he’ll take it.
[Source: USA Today Sports]