It all started with some harmless dancing after a Marquette King punt. Somehow, that turned into a few 15-yard penalties.
Head coach Jack Del Rio couldn’t even understand it. He said he went without a single unsportsmanlike conduct penalty. The head coach said he had no problem with King expressing himself, but the punter needed to not cost the team on the field.
Then King’s expression took on new life at the Pro Bowl.
At first, it seemed harmless. A few viral videos of King making up with Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelcy after the two had a public back and forth in the media.
Then there were some harmless videos of King playing horse with the likes of Odell Beckham Jr. King even posted a video of him kicking and catching his own punt. Dope, right?
Then there was this:
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King posted a video of him mocking an incident where Raiders receiver Michael Crabtree got his chain snatched.
Teammate Bruce Irvin commented on the photo by saying King had no loyalty. The punter responded with a social media post that basically said everyone was overreacting.
Either way, are King’s visibility and brand an asset or detriment to the Raiders?
On one hand, King is only having fun and increasing the visibility of his team and personal brand.
During his time in Oakland, King has been one of the most approachable Raiders in the media, community and social media.
On the other hand, King is only a punter who sees the field a few times per game. Therefore, his antics could be seen as a distraction.
Not to mention, the off-field antics only brings attention to himself, not his team.
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