four NFL officers LA ties to Southern California.
Members of the NFL entrance workplace reportedly are “involved” that 4 of the referees who referred to as the controversial NFC championship sport have ties to Southern California.
In response to ESPN, the truth that 4 referees are from the identical space round Los Angeles, the place the Rams are positioned, provides the league a nasty look.
“The NFL put [itself] in a nasty scenario,” one officiating supply informed ESPN. “That is stuff that needs to be taken care of previous to the sport. It’s simply guys not pondering of what’s occurring, no person doing their checks and balances. The league is normally just about on high of it. That is one which slipped via the cracks.”
The sport has gained widespread criticism after officers missed a blatant pass-interference name on Rams cornerback Nickell Robey-Coleman, who was masking Saints receiver Tommylee Lewis late in regulation.
The decision may have set the Saints up for a landing to basically win the sport. As a substitute, New Orleans needed to accept a subject objective and the sport went into time beyond regulation. The Rams received, 26-23.
“I haven’t heard anyone say the sport was mounted; I’ve heard folks say the crew F’ed up,” one high-level league supply informed ESPN. “However the optic is dangerous. It’s a legit problem and they need to have figured that out.”
In response to the report, Invoice Vinovich, who led the sport’s officiating crew, lives in Newport Seaside, Calif. Down decide Patrick Turner lives in Lakewood, Calif., facet decide Gary Cavaletto lives in Santa Barbara and again decide Todd Prukop lives in Mission Viejo, Calif.
All 4 males had been positioned close to the controversial no-call, both on the sideline or in the long run zone.
“Officiating assignments are primarily based on efficiency and never geographic location,” the NFL stated in an announcement Sunday.
Some league officers are actually saying that referees with ties to a staff’s hometown shouldn’t name that staff’s video games. The problem possible will deliver up dialogue through the NFL house owners conferences in March.