We all know that Kansas City Chiefs running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire is a man of questionable character. He’s always so busy getting into trouble on and off the field, and his work with charitable organizations shouldn’t count for anything.
So it was no surprise to us that the National Football League’s officials decided to stick it to him by calling silly penalties on him during the Chiefs’ Week 1 game against the Dallas Cowboys.
Of course, we’re being facetious here. Edwards-Helaire is, by all accounts, a fine upstanding citizen in the NFL. He’s also a player who just returned to play his first game in several weeks after sitting on injured reserve with a sprained MCL. In his first game back, he is turning heads on offense and he even got an early touchdown for the Chiefs on a short one-yard run early in the second quarter to put the Chiefs up by 13 points.
Check out the run here:
Here’s the problem. The officials ended up throwing a flag on the play and called CEH for taunting. Yes, taunting. Because of this:
Apparently, a player is not able to point anymore. It wouldn’t surprise us if the NFL was going to put heart monitors on players in the future and penalize them for showing any emotion at all. In a game in which every yard gained is a hard-fought battle, the idea of penalizing players for something as silly as a finger pointed is just ridiculous.
A quick look at Twitter showed we’re not the only ones confused and frustrated by this whole taunting thing. The good news is that it didn’t matter in the end as the penalty yardage was tacked onto the extra point kick for Harrison Butker who still drilled a near 50-yard attempt through the uprights.
Here’s a look at what Twitter was saying about the taunting penalty on Edwards-Helaire: