Doug Baldwin’s attempt at humor cost the Seahawks 15 yards, and cost him a lot of money too.
Seattle Seahawks WR Doug Baldwin has been fined $11,025 for an obscene gesture he made in Super Bowl XLIX.
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Mike Garafolo of FOX Sports reported that Baldwin’s fine would amount to approximately $11,025 for what the NFL deemed an obscene gesture on national television
On the play in question, after scoring a TD to give the Seahawks a 24-14 lead in the Super Bowl, Baldwin pretended to pull down his pants and then squatted over the football he had placed on the ground to imitate defecating. The act immediately drew an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty from the officials and cost the Seahawks 15 yards on the ensuing kickoff.
Baldwin’s action was not broadcasted on NBC’s telecast of Super Bowl XLIX but can be viewed in the photo above.
However, the Seahawks WR had no regrets about his actions and said as much to the Everett Herald.
“No,” Baldwin told the Herald. “I was just out there having fun playing the game of football. There’s no explanation. You play this game for so long, you go out there and you have fun. I can get criticized for it, that’s fine, everybody has their opinion, but in the moment I was just having fun. My teammates know that. Ultimately the only the people I have to apologize to are my teammates and coaches, if that was the case, but my teammates and coaches, they know. They didn’t say anything. That’s not even an issue. We lost the game, there are so many other things to be concerned with that something stupid like that.”
It was Baldwin’s only catch of the game, though it came off of Patriots All-Pro CB Darrelle Revis – which led to Seahawks All-Pro CB Richard Sherman mocking the Patriots mercenary CB on national television. It would also prove to be the last Seahawks scoring drive of the game, as they were shut out for the remainder of it.