Sport: Clyde Edwards-Helaire Gets Ridiculous Taunting Penalty for Pointing

NFL, Mike Tomlin in support of controversial taunting flag that aided Steelers

  NFL, Mike Tomlin in support of controversial taunting flag that aided Steelers A day after a taunting flag played a role in the outcome of "Monday Night Football," Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin spoke out in support of the NFL's new emphasis on penalizing infractions. The NFL is likewise reportedly on board with the controversial penalty. “We’re just trying to clean our game up,” Tomlin told reporters at his Tuesday news conference, per the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. Tomlin, a member of the NFL's competitionThe NFL is likewise reportedly on board with the controversial penalty.

Taunting penalties have been controversial in the NFL this season as they've been a point of emphasis for officials. On Sunday we got yet another example of how those calls have gone too far. Kansas City Chiefs running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire was called for taunting after pointing at a Dallas Cowboys linebacker Luke Gifford as he walked into the end zone.

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Here's the play in question:

And here's another angle:

And a still:

Yes, he pointed at the defender. And yes, that's probably taunting under the new rules. The problem isn't the call, it's the rule. How dumb is that? He pointed at a guy. He didn't get in his face, didn't say anything, didn't taunt the crowd, etc. He extended his left index finger and aimed it in the direction of a defender. It was so benign, yet resulted in a 15-yard penalty.

The NFL needs to fix this rule.

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