by Angela Davis |@jerseygirlsport |@ladyadavis
never ceases to entertain or impress or just fascinate us. Right now the NFL
is not impressed. He's been suspended for one game for running off the sideline to stop a scuffle between players, pushing an official in the process.
Lynch ran off the sideline and into a scrum after Chiefs cornerback Marcus Peters hit Raiders quarterback Derek Carr late, drawing a flag for a personal foul. Several Raiders offensive linemen went after Peters, an Oakland native and close friend of Lynch's.
Lynch bumped line judge Julian Mapp in the chest and then grabbed the official by the jersey before letting go and tending to Peters.
I don't think Lynch intended to hurt the official, obviously. He actually ran out with good intentions, but when things are tense like they are, ANY physical contact, even by accident, is seen as aggressive. The NFL has zero tolerance for it.
Jon Runyan, the NFL vice president of football operations, noted in a letter to Lynch: "You made deliberate physical contact with one of our game officials as he was diffusing an active confrontation between players. You were disqualified for your inappropriate and unsportsmanlike actions. Your conduct included pushing the game official and grabbing his jersey."
Runyan also wrote that Lynch was "the only player from either team who ran from the sideline to midfield to insert himself into a situation in which he was not directly involved."
Lynch has appealed this decision.
Even though Lynch was ejected from the game, he still snuck back in to watch it, and will likely be at the next Raiders game during his suspension.
It's just what he does.
What do you think?