It is fair to say Doug Baldwin's choice of celebration after catching his touchdown in Super Bowl XLIX wasn't the classiest moment of his career to date.
The Seattle Seahawks wide receiver, after putting his team up 22-14 against the New England Patriots, squatted over the football in a crude imitation of going to the bathroom - a celebration that drew the Seahawks a 15-yard penalty for unsportsmanlike conduct.
While most agree the celebration wasn't in keeping with the occasion, Baldwin's intended target had, until now, remained a mystery. Step forward Patriots star Darrelle Revis.
"I spent a lot of time those two weeks prior to getting ready for that game just focused on my individual matchup with him (Revis) and I put a lot into it, and in that moment, I guess you could say it was just kind of a built-up frustration I was letting out in that sequence between him and I," Baldwin explained on Monday.
Having had two weeks to contemplate how to tackle the imposing task of taking on 'Revis island', clearly the excitement of getting one up on his opposite man got the better of Baldwin in Arizona.
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Whether Revis will take offense when he discovers the toilet gesture was meant for him is unlikely however. In fact Revis may actually take some pleasure in the revelation. The fact that Baldwin's immediate reaction to scoring the biggest TD of his career was to focus in on the Patriots cornerback perhaps showing just how much Revis had gotten to the Seahawks wideout.
In speaking this week Baldwin also offered an apology to anyone who had been offended by the obscene gesture - admitting he has since felt regret about the celebration, and the penalty that followed.
"I do regret the fact that it cost my team 15 yards, and to the fans, ultimately I apologize to anybody I offended in any way," he told 710 ESPN Seattle.
"To all the 12s, all the fans, that's not what it's about. So I apologize to anyone if I offended you...If I could go back, I would take it back."
It was Darrell Revis and the New England Patriots who had the last laugh, mounting one of the greatest Super Bowl comebacks to come out 28-24 winners. With his first championship ring now firmly in his possession, it is probably a little easier for Revis to accept Baldwin's apology than had he watched the receiver celebrating come the final play on February 1st.
What do you think NFL fans? Did Baldwin go too far with his celebration? And does his admission this week prove that the Patriots won the mind games? Let us know in the comments section below...
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