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Watch: Referee penalizes Earl Thomas for giving him a hug

Earl Thomas ran back a fumble for a touchdown, then earned an unusual penalty. 

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The NFL has made it very clear this season that there is nothing worse than having fun. Seahawks safety Earl Thomas was the latest player to learn that tough lesson. 

Thomas was understandably excited after he returned a Saints fumble for a touchdown and decided to celebrate by giving side judge Alex Kemp a big hug. Kemp didn’t appreciate the show of affection. 


Is that what the rulebook says or did Kemp just not like the invasion of his personal space?