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.

2018 Stats

By Penalty

Unsportsmanlike Conduct penalties commited by position during the 2018 season.

NameCountYardsHomeAwayDeclinedOffsetting
Wide Receiver91247200
Defensive Back1318731001
Unknown/Unset2301100
Linebacker9942700
Runningback2301100
Quarterback1151000
Offensive Line3421201
Defensive Line2301100
Totals41552172402
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