Bears linebacker Cassius Marsh was called for taunting after he sacked Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger for a seven-yard loss on third down. Following the game, Marsh told reporters that he was hip-checked by official Tony Corrente.
"On my way to the sideline, I got hip-checked by the ref. It's pretty clear," Marsh said. "If I was to do that to a ref or even touch a ref, we get kicked out of the game and possibly suspended and fined. I just think that that was incredibly inappropriate."
As for his actual celebration that was penalized, Marsh said that it's something he has done throughout his career.
"I think that one was just bad timing. It's pretty clear to everybody who saw it that I wasn't taunting," he explained, via ESPN. "I've been doing the celebration my whole career. It's just sad to see stuff like that happen in a close game like that."
Corrente was asked about this incident after the game as well. He said his exchange with Marsh didn't influence his decision to throw the flag.
"First of all, keep in mind that taunting is a point of emphasis this year," Corrente said. "And with that said, I saw the player, after he made a big play, run toward the bench area of the Pittsburgh Steelers and posture in such a way that I felt he was taunting them. I didn't judge [the contact] as anything that I dealt with. That had nothing to do with it. It was the taunting aspect."
The NFL did say that taunting would be a point of emphasis this season. That being said, the rule hasn't really helped the overall product.