Posted August 10, 2012

Richard Seymour: Integrity at stake with replacement refs

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Raiders defensive tackle Richard Seymour thinks the game’s integrity is at stake if the NFL continues to use replacement officials. (Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

NFL players better get used to seeing replacement officials on the field if the impasse between the league and the regular officials doesn’t get solved.

Oakland Raiders defensive tackle Richard Seymour thinks the game is in serious jeopardy if the replacements continue to officiate games.

“I think the integrity of the game is at stake,” Seymour told USA Today. “You never know who they know and who they’re connected to. And who are their favorite teams. “To just say we’ve got some new guys coming in, who knows? They might admire Peyton Manning.”

The NFL says everything will be fine and that the players have nothing to worry about. Seymour disagrees.

 “It’s just the unknown,” he said. “I’m not a fan of the replacements. Our regular refs, they work so hard to prepare themselves all throughout the year. They put in a ton of work to compete at the highest level. I want the best of the best.”


4 comments
nfinitwordsfoto
nfinitwordsfoto

"they might admire Peyton Manning"..  I LOL'd. That's his worst case scenario? 

marxjgm
marxjgm

what's the difference between replacement refs and regular refs? they both have the same training and i'm 

pretty sure they both had to pass some kind of test on the rules.

William Pax
William Pax

 @marxjgm The difference is in the quality of their work.  The regular refs are so much better than their replacements, you might as well describe the difference as a "chasm".

Carles Williams
Carles Williams

Seymour's whining about Peyton Manning and they haven't even played yet.

What a punk.