Marcus Peters Says Fine for Obscene Gesture vs. Raiders Was 'Worth It'


Los Angeles Rams cornerback Marcus Peters (22) celebrates in the end zone after making a 50-yard interception for a touchdown during the second half of an NFL football game against the Oakland Raiders in Oakland, Calif., Monday, Sept. 10, 2018. Los Angeles won the game 33-13. Looking on are the Rams' Cory Littleton (58) and Matt Longacre (96). (AP Photo/John Hefti)

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Los Angeles Rams cornerback Marcus Peters‘ bank account got a little lighter when the NFL fined him $13,369 for grabbing his crotch as he entered the end zone on a pick-six in Week 1’s game against the Oakland Raiders, but he has no regrets.              

“Yeah, it’s a lot of money,” Peters said Friday, per ESPN.com’s Lindsey Thiry. “But it was worth it.”                

The celebration came at the end of a 50-yard pick-six that put the finishing touches on a 33-13 victory at O.co Coliseum:

Peters did the move as tribute to Oakland running back Marshawn Lynch, who has celebrated that way in the past:

Peters and Lynch—who both call Oakland home—have a close relationship, as the Los Angeles defensive back refers to the tailback as his “cousin.”

With Lynch now 32 years old, it’s not clear how much longer he will continue playing. After all, he has already briefly retired, sitting out the 2016 season before making a comeback with Oakland last year.

Peters said he wasn’t going to miss his chance to honor his buddy:

“It’s all paying respect and loving the game. Who knows if this [is] Marshawn’s last year playing in the league. S–t, we was up, closed the game out, no better way to go out in Oakland. Who knows the next time we’ll get to play the Raiders in Oakland—they’re going to Vegas in what, a year-and-a-half? So it was something that was well-deserved for the hometown.”

Peters earned the game ball from Rams head coach Sean McVay, who did not have a problem with the celebration. Per Thiry, McVay pointed out Peters and Lynch have a close relationship and said the gesture was “in fun and lighthearted.”       

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