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October 30, 2013 at 3:14 PM

NFL mulls tweaking “taunting” penalty; Tate says it won’t happen again

Golden Tate has been at the forefront of NFL conversation the past 48 hours for his taunting penalty Monday night at St. Louis.

In fact, news came today that the NFL might consider tweaking its taunting penalty so that penalties would be assessed that could negate the touchdown instead of being enforced on following plays.

As noted earlier, Tate confirmed today that he had been fined by the NFL — apparently $7,875, the usual fine for a first-offense taunting penalty.

“Yeah, I definitely heard from the NFL, definitely got fined,” Tate said. “I personally think I received a fine and it should have been kept at that. I don’t know why days later the national media is still talking about it, still showing it. I made a silly mistake by waving bye, and I’ve always seen guys in the past and now do way worse and don’t get talked about for days and days after. But taking full responsibility. I don’t need to put this team in that type of situation. I don’t need to draw that type of attention to this organization and it won’t happen again.”

Asked his thoughts on the possibility of changing the rule, Tate indicated that would be an overreaction.

“Yeah, as of today I’ve heard from a few people that they’re thinking about that and that’s fine,” he said. “If you do that, do that, make the rule and be done with it. But why are we still talking about it guys. We’ve got another week of freaking football. Why is it being highlighted as a bigger deal than it is.”

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