The Chiefs and Raiders kicked off NFL Week 7 with a scorcher, as Oakland scored on its final play — helped by two straight Kansas City defensive holding penalties — to take a 31-30 win.
Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch was only part of the fun for little more than a quarter and a half, though, after he was ejected with just over six minutes left in the second quarter.
After Oakland quarterback Derek Carr was wrapped up on a designed draw play near midfield, he got pushed around a little bit by lineman Allen Bailey, linebacker Dee Ford and cornerback Marcus Peters as the play ended. A few of Carr’s offensive linemen stepped in to protect him, causing something of a scrum. Not a big deal, though, right? These things happen.
What came next usually does not, however.
Lynch, who wasn’t in the game at the time, sprinted onto the field to enter the fray and in the process got himself tangled up with an official, whom he then shoved. Not smart.
Lynch was tossed from the game, and his run at the ref could net him in excess of $100,000 in fines and a potential suspension. But he couldn’t very well leave such an exciting contest against a hated division rival, could he?
And then the Oakland native did what thousands of Oakland natives do after the game: He took the BART train home along with Peters, his close friend and Oakland native who just happened to be part of the reason he got kicked out of the game.
Lynch also joined his train-mates in a salty chant that was directed toward Peters, which you can see in all its foul-mouthed glory here.
And, while we’re here, would you believe that the Internet had plenty to say in response to Lynch’s sprint, shove and ejection? Of course you would.
Lynch departed with nine yards gained on two attempts. It’s been tough going for him in his first year back since retiring following the 2015 season, and his first with his hometown Raiders. He has just 266 yards on 72 rushes, good for 3.7 yards per attempt, and two touchdowns. Seventy-six of those yards came in a Week 1 win over the Titans, and he gained 136 over the Raiders’ four-game losing streak, which ended Thursday night.
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