Mike Tomlin On William Gay Taunting Penalty: ‘Ridiculous’

After Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Lawrence Timmons tackled Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce for a two-yard gain on 3rd and 16 with 12:39 left in the fourth quarter, cornerback William Gay was flagged for taunting at the conclusion of the play. The drive subsequently stayed alive and ultimately culminated in the Chiefs third field goal of the game. After the game, Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin was asked if ever got an explanation from the officials on the taunting call.

“I don’t even want to get into that. I really don’t. Ridiculous,” said Tomlin.

As you can see in the animated gif below, Gay doesn’t taunt Kelce. Instead,  he folded his arms as if to admire the play that Timmons made.

Not long  after Gay was penalized for taunting, former NFL Vice President of Officiating and current rules analyst at FOX Sports, Mike Pereira, chimed in on Twitter with his thoughts.

After the game, Gay took the high road when asked about being flagged for taunting. According to Scott Brown of, Gay told the media that he doesn’t fault the referees for penalizing him as they have a tough job. He also added that he should not have put them in the position to even make that call.

It will be interesting to see if  current NFL Vice President of Officiating Dean Blandino addresses this in his weekly recap. I’m betting that he won’t.

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