The NFL has suspended Oakland Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch for one game.
In the NFL’s official statement, vice president of football operations Jon Runyan’s letter to Lynch was included. Of course a great deal of it has to do with him making contact with an official which is a cardinal sin in the NFL. However, the final sentence also gave some insight into the league’s decision making.
“You were 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,” Runyan said in the letter, via NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) October 20, 2017
Runyan didn’t say anything that was false. The Raiders were upset after Chiefs cornerback Marcus Peters made contact with quarterback Derek Carr after he already down. Peters was flagged on that play.
Once the altercation started, Lynch sprinted onto the field from the sideline, and removed Peters from it. In the process, Lynch also removed a referee from his path.
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