Seattle Seahawks Doug Baldwin has had a terrible week. Not only did the Seahawks wideout lose the Super Bowl but he has now also lost a boat load of money.
To be precise, Baldwin has been fined $11,025 by the NFL for an obscene gesture in the Super Bowl. Baldwin's third quarter touchdown gave Seattle are seemingly unassailable 24-14 lead over the Patriots, but as it wasn't to be for the Seahawks.
Baldwin was clearly happy with his touchdown as he evaded Patriots star cornerback Darrelle Revis by using a back judge to execute a pick play on the corner - as you do. The diminutive wideout the proceeded pretend to drop his pants and defecate on the turf. Safe to say, we all knew the fine was coming. But does Baldwin care?
Having fun while defecating
“No. 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," Baldwin told the Everett Herald.
"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.
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"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.”
Mike Garafolo of Fox Sports was the first one to report that Baldwin was going to be fined $11,025 for his transgression, but it's highly unlikely that he cares too much about the fine right now and is probably too busy nursing the pains of losing a Super Bowl in such dramatic circumstances.
Irvin likely to be fined too
Those dramatic circumstances led to a bust-up moments before the end of the game and the Seahawks' Bruce Irvin was ejected.
Irvin will join Baldwin in the Super Bowl XLIX fine club, with the Seattle linebacker likely to receive a much more brutal fine than $11,025 for his part in the unsavoury scuffle that somewhat marred the end of the Super Bowl. Watch this space.