Another day, another story painting replacement referees and the NFL in a not so good light. Yesterday, it was issues with conflicts of interest, and today we have LeSean McCoy telling 94WIP in Philly about a few unsettling details regarding the replacement refs from Sunday’s Eagles-Ravens game.
McCoy first details how Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis had one of the refs so shook that he began stuttering when trying to explain a call.
“During the game, they made like a bad call or something, the ref, and I see Ray Lewis like pump his chest up, trying to scare him,” LeSean McCoy told 94WIP’s Anthony Gargano and Ike Reese on the 94WIP Player’s Lounge on Monday. “Don’t you know [the ref] started stuttering? I’m like ‘what’s this?!’”
McCoy then goes on to reveal that at one point in the game, a ref’s fandom came to forefront as he boldly stated to McCoy that he wants him on his fantasy team.
“They’re like fans, kind of though,” McCoy said. “I’ll be honest, they’re like fans. One of the refs was talking about his fantasy team, like ‘McCoy, come on, I need you for my fantasy,’ ahhh, what?!”
Just in case you’re not seeing what’s happening here, we’ll let you in on a little secret. More of these stories are coming. Players are going to attempt to force the NFL’s hand on getting a deal with the normal referees. And as more and more of these stories pop up, we’ll really find out if the NFL cares about the situation or not.