In partnership with the NFL in the UK


Michael Crabtree got the harshest penalty of the 2016 season

Published Add your comment

Football News

The 2016 NFL season hasn't exactly gotten off to the smoothest of starts.

Television ratings have been down and two of the reasons given by detractors has been that the modern game is now too over-officiated and that the crackdown on every form of celebration is just sapping all the fun from games.

Michael Crabtree felt the full force of this on Sunday as the Oakland Raiders wide receiver was handed what has to go down as one of the worst penalties of the year after a touchdown.

After hauling in a short touchdown reception from quarterback Derek Carr, Crabtree proceeded to flip the ball into the air and look at the crowd. For some reason, he was flagged. You can check it out here...

Yep. That was a flag. The fact that Crabtree touched his shoulder - or whatever that was - and received a penalty for it is insane. If that's a throat slash then the official really needs to go to Specsavers.

This comes a week after Vernon Davis was flagged for being the 30,000th player in league history to hit a faux jump shot after a TD.

Something needs to change. If not, more fans could turn off.

Do YOU want to write for GiveMeSport? Get started today by signing-up and submitting an article HERE:

Oakland Raiders
NFL Playoffs
NFL Draft

Article Comments

Read more

Report author of article

Please let us know if you believe this article is in violation of our editorial policy, please only report articles for one of the following reasons.

Report author


This article has been written by a member of the GiveMeSport Writing Academy and does not represent the views of or SportsNewMedia. The views and opinions expressed are solely that of the author credited at the top of this article. and SportsNewMedia do not take any responsibility for the content of its contributors.

Want more content like this?

Like our GiveMeSport Facebook Page and you will get this directly to you.

Already Subscribed to Facebook, don't ask me again

Follow GiveMeSport on Twitter and you will get this directly to you.

Already Following, don't ask me again

Like our GiveMeSport - NFL Page and you will get this directly to you.

Already Subscribed to G+, don't ask me again