Frustrations with the NFL’s current push to implement taunting penalties this season reached a boiling level on Monday with Las Vegas Raiders head coach Jon Gruden saying he “hates” taunting however doesn’t perceive the decision made in opposition to his workforce throughout Monday evening’s recreation in opposition to the Los Angeles Chargers

Raiders tight finish Darren Waller was officers’ newest sufferer, getting hit with a 15-yard penalty that stirred controversy on social media with viewers questioning the decision. With his again turned to Chargers gamers, Waller spiked the ball into the bottom in celebration after making a vital catch midway by way of the second quarter however refs known as him for taunting. 

DARREN WALLER TAUNTING PENALTY DURING RAIDERS GAME LEAVES NFL WORLD DUMBFOUNDED

“I don’t understand the taunting. I hate taunting. I think it’s ridiculous,” Gruden said after the sport. “I think what happens after an interception or a touchdown, we allow these celebrations, I consider that taunting.”

Oct 4, 2021; Inglewood, California, USA; Las Vegas Raiders head coach Jon Gruden talks with quarterback Derek Carr (4) during the second half against the Los Angeles Chargers at SoFi Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports

Oct 4, 2021; Inglewood, California, USA; Las Vegas Raiders head coach Jon Gruden talks with quarterback Derek Carr (4) throughout the second half in opposition to the Los Angeles Chargers at SoFi Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports
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He continued: “I don’t understand what happened over there on the Chargers’ sideline. But the official made the call, we have to deal with it. We couldn’t get any momentum going. That didn’t help us.”

president Rich McKay, who additionally serves because the chairman of the NFL’s Competition Committee, defended the rule push final month saying the league is trying to dispose of gamers “enticing” different gamers into unsportsmanlike conduct. 

Oct 4, 2021; Inglewood, California, USA; Las Vegas Raiders tight end Darren Waller (83) catches a pass for a touchdown over Los Angeles Chargers defensive back Nasir Adderley (24) during the second half at SoFi Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Oct 4, 2021; Inglewood, California, USA; Las Vegas Raiders tight finish Darren Waller (83) catches a go for a landing over Los Angeles Chargers defensive again Nasir Adderley (24) throughout the second half at SoFi Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
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“First of all, this point of emphasis has nothing to do with the No Fun League,” McKay instructed the Falcons’ website on the time. “Where people can ding us on the No Fun League is the celebration rules. Taunting is a different thing. Taunting is trying to entice that other player into some type of activity that is not allowed in football.”

   

It could be tough to make the case that Waller was “enticing” anybody together with his celebration. 

Oct 4, 2021; Inglewood, California, USA; Las Vegas Raiders tight end Darren Waller (83) celebrates after catching a pass for a touchdown against the Los Angeles Chargers during the second half at SoFi Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Oct 4, 2021; Inglewood, California, USA; Las Vegas Raiders tight finish Darren Waller (83) celebrates after catching a go for a landing in opposition to the Los Angeles Chargers throughout the second half at SoFi Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
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Several gamers have come out in opposition to the league over the taunting penalties however McKay mentioned again in September that the difficulty was initially raised by the NFLPA and NCAA

“This year, the first issue brought to us by the NFLPA was that there was too much player-on-player taunting activity, and there was too much in your face.”