Oakland Raiders starting running back Marshawn Lynch has been suspended one game by the NFL for making physical contact with an official in Thursday night’s game against the Kansas City Chiefs.
Lynch ran on the field to break up an altercation between the Raiders offensive line and Chiefs cornerback Marcus Peters. It was after a play in which Peters was flagged for an unnecessary roughness penalty for a late hit on Raiders quarterback Derek Carr.
Peters and Lynch are cousins so it seems as if the Raiders running back was just trying to save a family member from getting into some unnecessary trouble.
Raiders offensive tackle Donald Penn said that he believes Lynch was just trying to protect his cousin from getting into trouble.
“Marshawn saw three big O-lineman going after his cousin and he know how we get down so I think he was just trying to stop something from getting bigger than it was,” Penn said.
Lynch ran into a scrum of his offensive linemen and his cousin and was met by an official who he grabbed the jersey off and lifted into the air to move him out of the way.
It looked as if Lynch was in the heat of the moment and didn’t have any malicious intent towards the official but putting your hands on an official is a big “no-no.”
Immediately after, Lynch was flagged and ejected from the game. Friday, the league handed down a one-game suspension to Lynch for his actions in the altercation.
Lynch has appealed the suspension and Peters has said he will speak at the appeal via telephone if it fits in his schedule.
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