Posted September 18, 2012

LeSean McCoy claims replacement ref told him ‘I need you for my fantasy’ during game

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Philadelphia Eagles running back LeSean McCoy said a replacement ref made comments to him about his fantasy football team. (Rich Schultz/Getty Images)

Philadelphia Eagles running back LeSean McCoy claims a replacement ref approached him during a game and said, “McCoy, come on, I need you for my fantasy,’ furthering a widely-held belief that the lockout between the NFL and its officials is killing the season.

According to a report Tuesday morning from Stephen Douglas of Big Lead Sports, citing comments that McCoy made as a guest this week on the 94WIP Players Lounge, McCoy said that he got the impression that the refs on the field this season are no different from the fans in the stands. The ref had been telling him about his NFL fantasy team before he made that specific comment to McCoy:

“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?!”

McCoy also revealed that Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis intimidated a ref this season to the point where the official had trouble speaking:

“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?!’”

After a Week 1 start in which the referees seemed to defy expectations from the public and league executives, the replacements have now become the subject of much criticism in Week 2. The league issued a memo to its coaches this week warning them not to bully the replacement refs. The NFL was notified early Sunday morning that a replacement ref scheduled to officiate the New Orleans Saints-Carolina Panthers game later that day had posted pictures to Facebook showing him in Saints gear while tailgating at a Saints preseason game in August. The NFL subsequently notified the ref Sunday morning that he will not officiate that game.

For audio of McCoy’s recent comments, click here.


11 comments
AmyFetherolf
AmyFetherolf

@linzsports Dude has a point. I have him on my fantasy team too, hahah (But seriously, that's really sad)

samizzy72
samizzy72

@1thingonlyholy and yet you will still always watch

replacement_ref
replacement_ref

@SInow can't believe he snitched me out. #BrosBeforeHos

elmannn13
elmannn13

@Bsings23 @fvthreee @brandoninfantes hahahha wow

tashleyjohnson
tashleyjohnson

@SInow A replacement ref told me he & Michael Turner were headed to the club after the game. #nfl

iNoBetter_4
iNoBetter_4

@Kyle_T8 lol one ref was dismissed because he posted pictures depicting his Saints fanaticism. He officiated a Saints game I believe

itllBohhK52
itllBohhK52

Are we sure he wasnt hitting on him? RT @SInow LeSean McCoy says a replacement ref told him "I need you for my fantasy" http://t.co/VaaeQXGa

Kyle_T8
Kyle_T8

@iNoBetter_4 ya I heard about all that..I think ended up not letting him do it