Lynch suspended for shoving official

Doug Mendoza
October 22, 2017

Oakland running back Marshawn Lynch was suspended for one game without pay by the National Football League today for shoving a game official during the Raiders' victory over Kansas City on Thursday night. You were not directly involved in the active confrontation that the game official was attempting to diffuse, nor were you a participant in the play that initiated the confrontation.

Lynch was ejected during Thursday's game, won 31-30 by the Raiders, during the second quarter following a melee involving Chiefs cornerback Marcus Peters, who had been penalised for a late hit on Derek Carr. You were disqualified for your inappropriate and unsportsmanlike actions.

Lynch plans to appeal the suspension, a person familiar with the case confirmed.

Raiders head coach Jack Del Rio chastised Lynch's decision to enter the field of play since it ended up costing the team: "I was disappointed he ran out because I knew we had a 15-yard penalty and we'd be in good shape".

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Initial speculation focused on Lynch apparently protecting Carr, but Oakland left tackle Donald Penn speculated that Lynch was trying to protect Peters, who is a cousin of Lynch and two are from Oakland. "Chris Long did that thing to his brother a couple years ago", Penn told reporters after the game.

Lynch's suspension means he will miss the Raiders' game against the Buffalo Bills on October 29.

Lynch also specifically violated Rule 12, Section 3, Article 1 (g) which prohibits "unnecessary physical contact with a game official". That will be up to the Raiders to address if they choose. The NFL's schedule of fines calls for a fine of $30,387 for a player making physical contact with a game official.

However, somehow over the past 48 hours, many members of the media and fans have lambasted Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch for his actions Thursday as if they were somehow surprising or repugnant.

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