ALAMEDA, Calif. -- The Marquette King Show may be going dark for a bit. Or maybe just toned down a tad.
The Oakland Raiders’ effervescent punter, who celebrates like a receiver whenever he sticks a punt or pins an opponent’s back to the end zone, had his comeuppance in Kansas City.
Not only did he have an off night, averaging a net of just 31.1 yards, surrendering a 78-yard punt return for a touchdown to Tyreek Hill and mishandling a snap on a field-goal attempt, King also picked up his second personal-foul penalty in as many games.
And that caught the attention of Raiders coach Jack Del Rio.
“He can’t have another penalty; cannot have another penalty,” Del Rio said, referring to the unsportsmanlike flags. “I’ve allowed him to have his freedom. I want him to express himself. I think that’s when he’s at his best.
“[But] we can’t have routine 15-yard penalties out of our punter. We’ve got two in a row, two weeks in a row, and that’s got to come to a stop.”
Against the Buffalo Bills, King was flagged for, well, dancing with the flag and throwing it down after he was hit in the middle of a punt.
Against the Chiefs, King was flagged after following Hill into the end zone and saying something to him -- before Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce mocked him by doing his donkey dance off the field.
Yes, the same move King did against the Denver Broncos. Then again, King also has Ray Lewis’ squirrel dance, Cam Newton’s dab and Justin Tuck’s bow in his repertoire, as well as doing a few faux biceps curls for ripped referee Ed Hoculi.
“I just do whatever I want to do,” King told me earlier this season. “I have fun. I just like to have fun and I’m always going to try to bring the party with me so, turnt up, man.”
It's funny when the people who think they know me tell me to stop being me... #YouThinkYouKnowMe— Marquette King (@MarquetteKing) December 11, 2016
Per ESPN Stats & Information, a punter has been flagged for unsportsmanlike penalties only four times since 2001 -- Buffalo's Brian Moorman in Week 7 of the 2001 season, Washington's Derrick Frost in Week 7 of the 2006 season and King twice this season.
Del Rio said he already spoke with King about his penalties.
“It’s unacceptable,” Del Rio said. “I played a long time and didn’t have one [personal foul] in my career, that I can remember. I started to go around the staff today. I’m not going to tell you which coaches, but I didn’t get very far. I just gave up on it.”
Del Rio played 11 years in the NFL and eight members of his coaching staff also played in the league.
“I was like, ‘Well, you never had one, right?’ He was like, ‘Well ... yeah,’” Del Rio said, laughing. “I said, ‘You didn’t have one, right?’ He was like, ‘Well, I had a couple too.’
“It can happen, but we don’t want to see that. We want to be under control, want to play smart, tough football.”
From all of his players -- even the punter.