When the Seattle Seahawks special teams unit isn’t maliciously mauling and assaulting unsuspecting avian wildlife, they’re probably just playing football.
But the defense has taken a page out of their book, but instead of vaguely humanoid bird mascots, Earl Thomas targeted a different kind of prey in Sunday’s game against the New Orleans Saints: zebra.
We really have no idea what Thomas was thinking with this. This came after Thomas returned a Saints fumble for a touchdown, which was a great play and will surely help the Seahawks offense keep pace with Drew Brees. But the celebration itself — involving the side judge — was certainly questionable.
The referee, at the end of the clip above, is pulling out a yellow flag, as Thomas was flagged for unsportsmanlike conduct, which was assessed on the ensuing kickoff. That would have been a penalty for a lot of reasons, the least of which is not the fact that the referees can’t be obstructed from doing their job intentionally by a player.