$5 for 3 months. Save 83%.
$5 for 3 months. Save 83%.

Lions' Julian Stanford commits 'unacceptable' penalty

Josh Katzenstein
The Detroit News

Allen Park — The Lions had nine penalties for 80 yards in Sunday's 14-6 loss to the Arizona Cardinals, but the last one was probably the most memorable.

With 2:42 remaining, the Lions tackled punt returned Ted Ginn at the Arizona 26, but at the end of the play, linebacker Julian Stanford flexed to the Cardinals' bench after shedding a block by linebacker Lorenzo Alexander, drawing a 15-yard taunting penalty.

"It was kind of an emotional play," Stanford said Monday. "I let my emotions get the best of me. It was a tough game, it was a tough time in the game, and it's unacceptable. It's very undisciplined and it will not happen again."

The penalty moved the Cardinals to the 41, ensuring the Lions would need a long drive if they got the ball back, but Arizona gained a first down and ran out the clock on the possession.

Stanford was the Lions' special-teams captain Sunday. The coverage units held Ginn to four yards on two punt returns and 21 yards on his lone kickoff return. But at that point in the game, the Lions couldn't afford a penalty, and Stanford said coaches told him such acts would not be tolerated.

"They made it clear it was unacceptable, and it's not OK," he said.

Coach Jim Caldwell on Monday echoed his sentiments from after the game when asked about all of the penalties.

"We have far too many penalties, and that's the honest fact," he said. "We got to get it straightened out."