Marshawn Lynch Ejected For Grabbing And Shoving Ref, But Was He Just Trying To Help?

Bryan Brandom
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The Oakland Raiders and Kansas City Chiefs played to one of the season’s wildest finishes on Thursday night, with three plays nullified by penalties in the final three seconds before the Raiders finally punched a touchdown in with no time on the clock for a 31-30 win.

Marshawn Lynch couldn’t be there for it.

He missed the last six minutes of the first half and all of the second thanks to this play, in which he darted onto the field after a scuffle had broken out, then grabbed an official by the jersey.

The slow-motion replays make it look much worse.

Lynch was ejected from the game.

“I was disappointed he ran out because I knew we had a 15-yard penalty and we’d be in good shape,” Raiders coach Jack Del Rio said after the win. “I told him you can’t leave the bench like that. That was about it. Next thing I knew, he was being tossed. The referee told me he had actually put his hands on him.”

The incident was sparked by a Marcus Peters hit on Derek Carr. Lynch and Peters, both from Oakland, are so close that they refer to each other as cousins.

After Lynch’s ejection, NFL players intimated that Beast Mode was just trying to diffuse the situation.

According to the Mercury News, Lynch hosted a young Peters at his Family First camps at Oakland Tech, and helped mold him into an elite college prospect.

Hopefully the league takes note of their relationship if they consider further punishment.

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