When the Kansas City Chiefs decided to suspend cornerback Marcus Peters for their huge AFC West matchup against the Oakland Raiders, they appeared to be overreacting.
Peters was angry with a defensive holding penalty called on Steven Nelson during the Chiefs’ 38-31 loss to the New York Jets on Dec. 3, and threw the referee’s penalty flag into the stands. The Chiefs suspended Peters on Wednesday, and on Friday the NFL fined him $24,309.
Reports that have come out since the incident show that Peters was suspended for multiple incidents that day. On Wednesday, NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported that Peters also was being suspended for leaving the field of play.
Peters went to the locker room after he was penalized for his tantrum, and had to be summoned back onto the field. He wasn’t wearing socks when he returned.
NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo said on Good Morning Football that one reason Peters was suspended is for an argument he got into with a coach on the bus ride to the airport after the game.
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The argument is not enough to be suspended either, and when Peters went to the locker room he may have honestly thought that he was ejected. However, looking at all three missteps put together, the Chiefs decision to suspend him appears more reasonable.
They still have a game on Sunday that could determine whether they make the playoffs this season. Maybe there was a better way for the Chiefs to get their point across to Peters.