February 17, 2015 - Aaron Wilson
Doug Baldwin apologizes for Super Bowl celebration
Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Doug Baldwin issued an apology for his Super Bowl touchdown celebration that drew an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty, an $11,025 fine from the NFL and ridicule nationwide.
Baldwin scored a touchdown to give the Seahawks a 10-point lead and dropped the ball, squatted and pretended to defecate.
"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 in a radio interview. "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. So obviously if I could go back, I would take it back."
Baldwin said he meant for Patriots cornerback Darrelle Revis to be the target of his actions.
"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."
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Aaron Wilson covers the Ravens for The Baltimore Sun