Unsportsmanlike Conduct

Definition

Any person (usually a player but occasionally a coach and very rarely one or more spectators) acts or speaks in a manner deemed to be intentionally harmful or especially objectionable by the game officials, or by rule. Unsportsmanlike conduct is a non-contact foul; if contact is involved it becomes a personal foul. Examples include verbal abuse of officials, and taunting, which, since 2004 in the NFL, has included any "prolonged and premeditated celebrations" by players.

Some Unsportsmanlike Conduct penalties, such as Taunting, get "upgraded" to their own category. Unsportsmanlike Conduct is also often confused with Unnecessary Roughness

Outcome

15 yards. If committed by the defense, automatic first down.

2017 Stats

By Down

DownCountDist 1-2Dist 3-4Dist 5-6Dist 7-8Dist 9-10Dist 11-15Dist 16+Yards LostDeclinedOffestting
0330000003000
1161100140022012
214122522020200
316334141020600
422204185229303
Totals71106107288295115
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