Twitter Reacts to New and Controversial NFL Taunting Rule as Fans Complain

Published 09/20/2021, 1:25 PM EDT


The NFL is evolving year after year, keeping in line with changing trends and fan feedback. In addition to that, league commissioner Roger Goodell and his efficient team are working round the clock to ensure player safety standards are met in accordance with the packed NFL annual schedule.

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The ongoing Covid-19 pandemic put forward a new set of challenges for the league to overcome over the last 18 months or so. It’s safe to say that commissioner Goodell and senior league officials have done their best to reduce the risks surrounding this deadly disease while ensuring player protection through weekly tests and strict isolation protocols.

Sep 19, 2021; Baltimore, Maryland, USA; Baltimore Ravens tight end Mark Andrews (89) runs for a third quarter gain after his catch defended by Kansas City Chiefs safety Tyrann Mathieu (32) at M&T Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mitch Stringer-USA TODAY Sports

Of course, there are a few who believe that certain changes made by the league are uncalled for. Take the example of the latest jersey number rule that was amended ahead of the start of the 2021 NFL season.

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Legendary quarterback, Tom Brady, publically condemned the change. He claimed it would bring more chaos and make it harder for offensive teams to navigate the field. But the decision made by franchise owners and the NFL committee still stood strong.

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NFL fraternity reacts to the taunting rule imposed in 2021

Talking about the changing trends in the NFL, the latest involves a rise in penalties related to on-field taunting. The number of taunting calls has increased in 2021 in a move that is motivated by the league’s competition committee. New York Giants owner John Mara was notably driven to push for a rule change, noting “we get kind of sick and tired of the taunting that does go on from time to time on the field.”

However, this is not the same sentiment shared by players and fans in North America.

Here’s what Twitter had to say about the controversial taunting rule

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Daniel Arambur

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Daniel Arambur is an NFL writer and content strategist for EssentiallySports.With more than 1,000 articles, he is one of the senior writers in the NFL cohort at ES. A mass media graduate from the University of Mumbai, Daniel has found the perfect blend of vocation and passion in the sports content niche.

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