Doug Baldwin apologizes for scatological TD celebration during Super Bowl
An end zone celebration by Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Doug Baldwin became an unsavory storyline during and following Super Bowl XLIX. After catching a three-yard touchdown pass during the third quarter, Baldwin squatted over the football as he mimicked that he was defecating out the pigskin.
Baldwin was assessed a 15-yard penalty in the wake of the scatological touchdown celebration and was later fined $11,025 by the NFL for the act.
While Baldwin was somewhat cagey about explaining both the meaning and inspiration behind the crude move, the speculation was that the celebration was directed at the media, something Baldwin denied when asked by reporters after the fact, defending it by saying he simply was “just out there having fun playing the game of football.”
On Monday, with weeks of time passing since the celebration, Baldwin took to the airwaves to apologize.
“In that moment it was just a reaction, and if I could go back, I would take it back,” Baldwin told Seattle’s KIRO-AM, per NFL.com. “In that moment it was a spontaneous reaction to the course of the game. That’s not typically me, but in that situation that’s just what happened … Personally I didn’t mean anything by it negatively towards anybody. I do regret the fact that it cost my team 15 yards. And to the fans, ultimately I do apologize to anybody who I offended in any way.”
Baldwin also indicated that he meant the celebration for New England Patriots cornerback Darrelle Revis.
“In that moment I guess you could say it was just kind of a built-up frustration I was letting out in that sequence, between him and I,” he said. “Because obviously there was competitive stuff going on in that game, and in that moment I just let out what I felt personally.”
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