No Hug League: Earl Thomas gets penalty for embracing the ref

Seattle Seahawks free safety Earl Thomas (29) crosses the end zone for a touchdown on a fumble recovery in the first half of an NFL football game in New Orleans, Sunday, Oct. 30, 2016. .

Image: AP Photo/Butch Dill

Earl Thomas is simply a man. And like every man, sometimes he needs a little love. So the Seattle Seahawks safety gave side judge Alex Kemp a big hug after returning a fumble for a touchdown.

And what did Thomas get in return? A penalty flag.

Look at the indifference with which Kemp throws the flag, hitting the Seahawks with a 15-yard penalty in their game Sunday against the New Orleans Saints. Someone give the ref a cup of cocoa to warm his cold, dead heart.

Don’t worry, Earl. We’re sure there are plenty of fans in Seattle who would love to give you a hug.

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