Marshawn Lynch has had a tenuous relationship with game officials this season. Earlier this season, he was ejected and suspended for a game for making contact with an official. It was reported today that he has been fined $24,000 for berating an official in Sunday’s game against the Cowboys.
#Raiders RB Marshawn Lynch was fined $24K and change for unsportsmanlike conduct regarding his actions with a referee, source said.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) December 21, 2017
The incident happened on the final offensive play of the game for the Raiders. Derek Carr dove for the pylon, was pushed out of bounds and fumbled the ball trying to stretch for the end zone.
For whatever reason, Marshawn was angry with the official and had to be held back by teammates. He was flagged for unsportsmanlike conduct, which didn’t matter in terms of the game, which was already over due to the fumble resulting in a touchback.
Marshawn and the rest of the Raiders had plenty of reason to be furious with the officials in that game. A bogus offensive pass interference penalty on Jared Cook took a touchdown away, a weird folded paper first down measurement by a smirking Gene Steratore gave the Cowboys a crucial fourth down conversion, and the officials took Michael Crabtree out of the game on that last play. Marshawn could have been mad about any one of those things, or something else entirely.
Safe to say the officials won’t be held accountable at all for their actions. While anyone who dares say anything about it or get angry with them gets considerable sums of money taken out of their pockets.