Seattle Seahawks cornerback, Richard Sherman has attacked the NFL over a new rule to outlaw goalpost-dunk celebrations.
The league announced today that game officials will penalize any player that dunks over the goalpost 15 yards.
ESPN anchor, Trey Wingo asked on twitter:
"Wouldn't it make more sense to just penalize the offender if a dunk hurts the cross bar.. instead of outlawing something fun?"
To which Sherman replied:
"no they want players to be robots or they will penalize..... Next is chest bumps and high fives....smh"
Sherman, who is known as being one of the more outspoken players in the league, spoke out against the NFL's 'n-word' penalty earlier this offseason and now he clearly feels that this penalty is equally as ill-advised.
He is not the only person who disagrees with the penalty either. Tony Gonzalez, the now retired Atlanta Falcons tightend said:
"The NFL says no more dunking over the goalpost. This one I don't understand. Looks like I got out just in time."
The league has been mocked for its rules in recent years, with some pundits naming it the 'no fun league'. However it appears that there may be a legitimate safety issue with this one.
Last year New Orleans Saints' receiver, Jimmy Graham dunked over the goalpost and dislodged the post which required maintenance. This season, the league may extend the goalpost which would make the post more top heavy and more likely to fall on top of a player.
Although this instance may be unlikely, the NFL should not be blamed for attempting to protect their players.
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