49ers Kaepernick spins the ball last night on MNF, gets 15-yard penalty call
BY: Jeff Schneberk
In last night’s Monday Night Football contest, 49er QB Colin Kaepernick ‘spun’ the football after running the ball for a short gain against the Washington Redskins. I can’t remember if he got a first down or not, but I do remember game officials giving him a 10-yard penalty for what they consider to be ‘spinning the football’.
I had to do some Google searches to figure out what the hell ‘spinning the football’ is. It turns out that it is a variation of spiking the football, which is what a lot of receivers like to do with the ball in the end zone after scoring a touchdown.
When Kaepernick did it last night, the ball somehow wound up nearly 15 yards away from him. Nobody obviously got hurt and most people probably didn’t even notice it.
According to a football blog site that uses NBC Sports in its name, it has become commonplace in the NFL for players who make a big play to spin the ball on the ground in celebration. But this year, the good old NFL has come up with a penalty to counter the little celebration, saying there is a fine line between celebrating and taunting (okay??!?) and if they cross that line they will be assessed a 15-yard penalty.
The 2012 official playing rules listed examples of taunting, saying, “These acts include but are not limited to: sack dances; home run swing; incredible hulk; spiking the ball; throwing or shoving the ball; pointing; pointing the ball; verbal taunting; military salute; standing over an opponent (prolonged and with provocation); or dancing.”
To clear the air about it a little bit, Brian McCarthy of the NFL PR said via Twitter that “td celebrations like military salute/spinning ball: only flagged if player does it directly @ opponent.”
Last night I don’t think Kaepernick did it to piss off the Redskins (who were already having a night from hell, they couldn’t score a TD) but the ref called him for it anyway.