Doug Baldwin finally admits Super Bowl touchdown celebration directed towards Revis

Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Doug Baldwin apologized for the Super Bowl touchdown celebration that earned him an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty and a fine on Monday night through his radio appearance on “The Barbershop” on 710 ESPN Seattle. He also revealed that the celebration was directed at New England Patriots cornerback Darrelle Revis.

“I do regret the fact that it cost my team 15 yards, and to the fans, ultimately I apologize to anybody I offended in any way,” Baldwin said. “It wasn’t about that. I just think it was a competitive situation. So to all the 12s, all the fans, that’s not what it’s about. So I apologize to anyone if I offended you.”

“In that moment, it was just a reaction,” he added. “So obviously if I could go back, I would take it back.”

Baldwin ran his route that led Revis to a referee and hauled in a 3-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Russell Wilson with 4:54 left in the third quarter. That touchdown led to a 24-14 Seattle lead. Cornerback Richard Sherman reminded the viewers how many points the Seahawks has and the jersey number of the man who tried to cover Baldwin.

After the touchdown, Baldwin dropped the ball spinning, squatted and pantomimed pooping on the end zone. The celebratory charade drew a 15-yard unsportsmanlike conduct penalty from the officials and an $11,025 fine from the NFL.

After the game — in which the Seahawks lost 28-24 — Baldwin said that the celebration “is between me and the guy it was directed at.” Now he explains on the radio why Revis was targeted in that celebration.

“I spent a lot of time those two weeks prior to getting ready for that game just focused on my individual matchup with him and I put a lot into it, and in that moment, I guess you could say it was just kind of a built-up frustration I was letting out in that sequence, you know, between him and I,” Baldwin said. “Obviously there was competitive stuff going on in that game, and in that moment, I just let out what I felt personally.”

The Seahawks will likely remain as Super Bowl contenders so long as their core remains intact and they play their playoff games at their home stadium. Also Marshawn Lynch must return if they do not want their offensive identity compromised.

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