XFL officials penalize player for squirting water at down judge

the XFL matches Between the DC Defenders and Houston Roughnecks on Monday night there was a bizarre penalty kick that left the referee baffled.

In the third quarter with DC driving Houston 23-8, the bottom judge came to the referee and explained that a penalty kick was thrown at defensive back Gene Harris because he splashed water on the referee.

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Lucky Jackson, #11 of the DC Defenders, dives over William Likely #4 of the Houston Roughnecks during the first half of an XFL game at Audi Stadium on March 27, 2023 in Washington, DC

Lucky Jackson, #11 of the DC Defenders, dives over William Likely #4 of the Houston Roughnecks during the first half of an XFL game at Audi Stadium on March 27, 2023 in Washington, DC (Scott Tych/Getty Images)

“No. 3? I splashed you with water?” said the referee, slightly confused about the situation. “I get it.”

The referee then announced the penalty and later had to explain to the Houston coaches what happened on the touchline that led to the flag being raised. The coaches looked equally shocked.

Jordan Ta'amu, #10 of the DC Defenders, attempts a pass against the Houston Roughnecks during the second half of an XFL game at Audi Stadium on March 27, 2023 in Washington, DC.

Jordan Ta’amu, #10 of the DC Defenders, attempts a pass against the Houston Roughnecks during the second half of an XFL game at Audi Stadium on March 27, 2023 in Washington, DC. (Scott Tych/Getty Images)

“Unsportsmanlike conduct, Defense No. 3. He pumped a water bottle at the bottom judge,” the referee declared to the crowd.

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DC got an automatic first on the play. The defenders’ drive ended with a field goal.

The Defenders would win the game and hold up a blistering comeback attempt, 37-26.

Jordan Taamo led D.C. with 245 yards and two touchdown passes. Lucky Jackson led the Defenders with five catches for 136 yards and a touchdown catch.

Cole McDonald had 194 yards, a touchdown pass and a rushing touchdown for the Roughnecks. Max Burgi had two rushing touchdowns in the game.

A general view of referees gather on the field prior to an XFL game between the DC Defenders and Vegas Vipers at Audi Field on March 12, 2023 in Washington, DC

A general view of referees gather on the field prior to an XFL game between the DC Defenders and Vegas Vipers at Audi Field on March 12, 2023 in Washington, DC (Scott Tych/Getty Images)

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Defenders 6-0 this season and Houston is now 4-2.

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