If you didn’t think NFL’s replacement ref situation was weird enough, this will surely change your mind. Some of them appear as if they’ve never seen a football game before based on their uncertainty and lack of confidence.
But how about this one? According to Chris Mortensen of ESPN, The NFL has pulled a replacement ref from today’s Saints-Panthers game because…he’s a Saints fan.
This does two things: 1) Protects the integrity of the NFL, and 2) Makes everyone laugh at the NFL
As @mortreport reports, NFL pulled replacement official from Saints-Panthers game after ESPN notified it that he was a New Orleans fan.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) September 16, 2012
Here are some of the unbelievable details, from ESPN:
The NFL was unaware of Stropolo’s open allegiance as a Saints fan until ESPN contacted the league Sunday morning.
Stropolo, who is from New Orleans area and lists himself on Facebook as an NFL side judge, posted pictures of himself in Saints gear tailgating at an Aug. 25 preseason game. Stropolo did not work the game against the Texans, but he was assigned to Sunday’s game in Carolina. There were several photos of Stropolo in Saints gear on his Facebook page.
Stropolo worked the Week 1 opener between the Cowboys and Giants and posted on Sept. 5: “Thanks to everyone for all the support. The crew did a great job tonight. Next stop September 16th at Carolina vs the Saints.”
Stropolo’s status update drew 73 “likes” and comments such as “Hey, now be nice with those yellow flags for our Saints!!” and “That’s awesome you get to be an official for a Saints game! I didn’t think they would let you since your (sic) from Louisiana.”