RENTON, Wash. — Seattle Seahawks safety Earl Thomas will not be fined for hugging official Alex Kemp during last week’s game against the New Orleans Saints, according to a league source.
Thomas recovered a fumble and ran it back for a 34-yard touchdown in the first quarter.
He then hugged Kemp, who smiled before reaching into his pocket and flagging Thomas for unsportsmanlike conduct.
“It was a pretty interesting moment,” coach Pete Carroll said this week. “We’re not going to do that again. … Earl got the chance to celebrate with an official for one time in his career.”
Thomas said Sunday that he didn’t realize he was flagged until someone told him in the locker room after the game.
“Just an exciting moment,” he said. “That’s just how I celebrated.”
The Seahawks lost to the Saints 25-20.