Golden Tate Apologizes for the Dumb Taunting Penalty That He Picked Up Last Night

Golden Tate Apologizes for the Dumb Taunting Penalty That He Picked Up Last NightImage via SB Nation

Did you fall asleep before the end of the Seahawks/Rams game on Monday Night Football last night? If so, we don't blame you. For the second straight week, the MNF game was booooooo-ring. It featured a lot of penalties, a lot of field goals, and not much action.

But there was one exciting play that took place during the third quarter. After getting sacked for what felt like the entire game, Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson finally got a little bit of protection in the third quarter and threw a bomb to wide receiver Golden Tate for an 80-yard touchdown. And Tate responded by doing this:

That's right. He caught the ball, started sprinting down the sideline, and then slowed down just enough to give himself some time to wave—WAVE!—to the defense as he ran in for a TD. Predictably, it didn't sit well with a lot of people on Twitter. And it also didn't sit well with Tate's coach Pete Carroll, who later said that the taunting penalty that Tate picked up for waving at the defense "kind of washes away a fantastic football play."

To his credit, Tate did apologize for picking up the taunting penalty and seemed to realize that he had acted like a total jackass on the play after the game.

"That was immature of me," he said. "Hurt my team. I've gotta stay composed…Act like I've been there before. I gotta apologize to our special teams. I put them in an awkward situation, but more happy to get up and learn from it and move forward."

We're torn on this one. On the one hand, Tate's touchdown/wave was just about the only redeeming quality about last night's game. On the other, you can't do that. You just can't. Where do you stand on it?

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[via SB Nation]

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