Seattle Seahawks receiver Doug Baldwin finally apologized Monday for his lewd touchdown celebration that cost his team 15 yards during Super Bowl XLIX against the New England Patriots more than two weeks ago.
"I didn't mean anything by it negatively towards anybody," Baldwin said on 710 ESPN Seattle. "I do regret the fact that it cost my team 15 yards, and to the fans ultimately I apologize to anybody I offended in any way."
After Baldwin pulled in a three-yard touchdown pass to give the Seahawks a 10-point lead late in the third quarter, the fourth-year player mimed pulling down his pants, then squatted over the ball and acted as if he was using the toilet.
In addition to the unsportsmanlike conduct penalty, Baldwin was also later fined $11,025 by the NFL.
After the game, Baldwin told reporters that the act was not directed toward Patriots cornerback Darrelle Revis, who was defending Baldwin on that play.
But in Monday's interview Baldwin mentioned Revis by name and suggested that his celebration did have something to do with the star defender after all.
"I spent a lot of time those two weeks prior to the game just getting focused on my individual matchup with him, and I put a lot into it," Baldwin said. "And so in that moment I guess you could say it was just kind of built up frustration I was letting out in that sequence, just between him and I. Because obviously there was some competitive stuff going on in that game and in that moment I just let out what I felt personally."
Later in the interview, Baldwin called his celebration "a spontaneous reaction to the course of the game" and "if I could go back, I would take it back."