Seahawks’ Golden Tate fined
Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Golden Tate was fined $21,000 for his block on Dallas Cowboys’ linebacker Sean Lee.
In the fourth quarter of the Seahawks’ 27-7 win Sunday, Tate delivered a huge block that knocked Sean Lee off of his feet when Russell Wilson began to scramble, according to USA Today. Wilson ended up gaining 14 yards on the carry and Tate was not flagged for the hit.
The Cowboys were upset with Tate because after the hit, he began to crawl and flex his muscles while Lee remained down, according to ESPN.
Lee called the hit “part of the game” but was also annoyed by Tate’s celebration of the hit, according to NBC Sports.
NBC Sports also reports that the NFL deemed the hit illegal because Tate launched himself into Lee, making contact with Lee’s chest and chin with the top of his helmet. ESPN also notes that the hit was illegal because Lee is considered a defenseless player when he got hit and could not see the block coming.
Lee, who was tested for a concussion, returned in the same series.
You can see the hit here, courtesy of NFL.com.