Numerous Green Bay Packers players were quick to express their frustation following a controversial loss to the Seattle Seahawks on Monday night.
The Packers lost to the Seahawks on a highly questionable touchdown pass from quarterback Russell Wilson to wide receiver Golden Tate on what basically was the last play of the game. Based on several replays, many believe the officials should have ruled that Tate didn't have possession, and that the pass was intercepted by M.D. Jennings, resulting in a Green Bay win.
Soon after the final whistle, several Green Bay players wasted no time by posting their feelings on Twitter.
Packers guard T.J Lang was the first one to speak his mind.
“Got f---ed by the refs.. Embarrassing. Thanks nfl,” tweeted Lang.
Word of Lang’s harsh tweet spread quickly, as his number of Twitter followers increased by tens of thousands overnight. Realizing that he would probably face discipline for criticizing the replacement referees, Lang made it known that he was not remorseful for his comments.
“F--- it NFL.. Fine me and use the money to pay the regular refs,” tweeted Lang, in response to the labor dispute between the league and its regular officials.
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell has been unable to end the referee lockout through three weeks of the 2012 season, and the two sides are reportedly still far apart on a deal.
Josh Sitton, another Packers offensive lineman, also shared his thoughts on Twitter.
“That was bulls---. This is getting ridiculous! The NFL needs to get the refs back bfr we strike and they make no money!” said Sitton. “The nfl needs to come to gb and apologize to us for f---ing us! These refs r bums!”
The referees and the NFL weren’t the only ones to feel the wrath of the Green Bay players. They also attacked the Seahawks, who seemingly came away with a victory that they didn’t deserve.
“Any player/coach in Seattle that really thinks they won that game has zero integrity as a man and should be embarrassed,” said Lang.
The Seahawks now have a 2-1 record, while the Packers dropped to 1-2 and last place in their division.
“Golden Tate is full of s--- too. Saying he clearly caught that is embarrassing! F---ing jokers!” cried Sitton.
Not only have the referees come under fire for awarding Tate with a catch, but the crew also appeared to miss an obvious offensive pass interference call. Cameras caught Tate pushing Packers cornerback Sam Shields in order to get in position to make the game-winning catch.
Tate denied committing a penalty on the final play, when asked about the shove.
"I don't know what you're talking about,” he responded. “I don't know what you're talking about."