Raiders Marshawn Lynch ejected for pushing official


The Oakland Raiders have had a rough few weeks with the team having lost three straight games before heading into Week 7's matchup against the division rival Kansas City Chiefs on Thursday night.

Last night in Oakland, Marshawn Lynch quite the eventful night. They are jointly appointed and paid by the league and the NFL Players Association. Peters was given an unnecessary roughness penalty and Lynch was ejected for unsportsmanlike conduct.

NFL vice president of football operations Jon Runyan issued the suspension, telling Lynch in a statement he "made deliberate contact" with one of the game officials "as he was diffusing an active confrontation between players".

Runyan also wrote that Lynch was "the only player from either team who ran from the sideline to midfield to insider himself into a situation in which he was not directly involved".

The scuffle started when Oakland quarterback Derek Carr was hit late on a run by Kansas City's Marcus Peters midway through the second quarter. "Chris Long did that thing to his brother a couple years ago".

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Lynch was not involved in the play.

Lynch's suspension means he will miss the Raiders' game against the Buffalo Bills on October 29.

Both Lynch and Peters are Oakland natives, and Raiders offensive tackle Donald Penn noted after the game that Lynch was attempting to protect Peters and get him out of the fray, according to's Paul Gutierrez. That will be up to the Raiders to address if they choose.

After temporarily retiring in 2016, Lynch has rushed for 266 yards and two touchdowns on a 3.7-yards-per-carry average to go along with four receptions for 38 yards in 2017.

However, somehow over the past 48 hours, many members of the media and fans have lambasted Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch for his actions Thursday as if they were somehow surprising or repugnant.