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The NFL Is Addressing Its Mid-Drive Ball-Spinning Epidemic

Nov 22nd, 2012:.Washington Redskins wide receiver Pierre Garcon (88) catches a pass inside the 3-yard line as he spins the ball in a game between the Washington Redskins and the Dallas Cowboys at the Cowboy Stadium in Arlington, Texas.
Unsportsmanlike conduct, apparently. Photo: Manny Flores/AP/Corbis

Via Pro Football Talk, on-field officials have been warning NFL teams in training camps that they’ll be cracking down on players who spin the ball into the turf after a big play. This had technically already been prohibited — the league has long wanted to rid the game of taunting, as well as of players who show any sort of personality on the field — but it appears officials will be stricter in enforcing the rule now. Don’t worry, though: The NFL tells Deadspin that this only applies after plays during the course of the drive and not after touchdowns.

NFL Addressing Mid-Drive Ball-Spinning Epidemic