The former Seahawks running back ran on to the field during a scuffle and shoved an official during the Raiders' Thursday Night Football win over the Kansas City Chiefs. That wasn't the end of it.
NEW YORK (AP) — Oakland running back Marshawn Lynch has been suspended for one game without pay by the NFL for shoving a game official during the Raiders’ victory over Kansas City on Thursday night.
Lynch was ejected from the game after he shoved line judge Julian Mapp.
It all started when Oakland quarterback Derek Carr was hit late on a run by Kansas City’s Marcus Peters midway through the second quarter. Raiders offensive linemen Kelechi Osemele and Donald Penn immediately confronted Peters.
Lynch, who is Peters’ cousin, then sprinted onto the field from the bench to join the fray. Line judge Julian Mapp tried to break up the fight but Lynch pushed him and grabbed his jersey.
“I saw Marshawn come out there; that’s his cousin. Chris Long did that thing to his brother a couple years ago,” Penn told ESPN. “Marshawn wasn’t doing anything. He was just trying to protect his cousin, get his cousin to the sideline. They’re real close, they’re more like brothers than cousins, they’re real close. He’s going to learn. Marshawn’s smart, he’s going to learn from that moving forward”
“I was disappointed he ran out because I knew we had a 15-yard penalty and we’d be in good shape,” coach Jack Del Rio said. “I told him you can’t leave the bench like that. That was about it. Next thing I knew, he was being tossed. The referee told me he had actually put his hands on him.”
Peters was called for a personal foul for the late hit. Lynch got a personal foul and was ejected for making contact with the official. Lynch will face a hefty fine and a possible suspension for his actions.
“I don’t have any problem with Marcus coming in and hitting me. He knows that. I told him, ‘I got no issue. Just play ball,'” Carr said. “Obviously, Marshawn came out and did his thing. You never want a guy to get kicked out. That stinks. But just from knowing him, I know that he was out there just taking care of us.”
Lynch finished the game with two carries for 9 yards.
Later, the former Seahawks running back was spotted in the stands.
Then on the BART train! With Peters! And leading a “F— the Chiefs” chant, which we won’t embed here, but if you’re looking for video…
He may have played less than a half of football, but you certainly can’t say it wasn’t an eventful night for Marshawn Lynch. As for his priorities?
“They can say what they want but one thing’s for certain: Family do come first,” Peters told the Mercury News.