Twitter’s official rules say a user “may not publish or post direct, specific threats of violence against others.” While some users may have bent but not broken the rules following last night’s Monday Night Football game between the Green Bay Packers and the Seattle Seahawks, there seemed to be a lynch mob out for NFL commissioner Roger Goodell and the league's replacement officials following a highly controversial finish to an otherwise-exciting game, which was ultimately decided by the replacement refs.
It was a wild finish to a hard-hitting Monday Night Football game, with Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers scoring a late fourth quarter touchdown with 8:44 to go in the game to move ahead of Seattle 12-7. With just minutes to go, after the sturdy Seahawks defense stood up the Packers offense to get the ball back, rookie quarterback Russell Wilson marched his Seattle squad down the field and had three shots in the endzone to end the game. It was the last pass of the game, made with 0:00 on the clock, that will be remembered as one of the most bizarre and controversial finishes to a regular NFL game.
With the regular referees locked out, replacement refs from local high schools and small state colleges were forced to make a crucial call on a final Hail Mary play from Seattle, which appeared to be partially caught with one hand by Seahawks receiver Golden Tate, but held to the chest and intercepted in the endzone by the Packers’ safety M.D. Jennings. In the end, two replacement refs ran immediately to the ball, and held up differing signals. One man held up the sign for a touchdown, the other the sign for a touchback, and an interception.
The ruling on the field was a touchdown, and after a minutes-long official review, the ruling on the field stood. The Packers were in shock, especially since the replay clearly showed that the ball was in the hands of their safety. Yet, Seattle was celebrating on the sidelines. Green Bay headed off the field before they could kick the extra point to finish the game, even though that extra point was pointless anyway.
The Packers tried to hold their tongues in the press conferences and interviews after the game. But fans of the NFL sure didn’t. In fact, some of their language was downright threatening. You be the judge.
This collection of tweets, Twitter users talk about assassinating NFL commissioner Roger Goodell and the replacement officials:
Have Roger Goodell's head put on a pike at one of the entrances to Canton, Ohio as a warning to others.
— Uncle Dynamite (@UncleDynamite) September 25, 2012
GOODELL MUST DIE.—Tom Johnson (@thomahawk50) September 25, 2012
Uhm Roger Goodell shouldn't leave his house. He will die—Julius Johnson (@jJohnson_25) September 25, 2012
Kill Roger Goodell! Kill Roger Goodell! Kill Roger Goodell! Kill Roger Goodell! Kill Roger Goodell! Kill Roger Goodell!
Alex Hume (@AHume92) September 25, 2012
Somebody needa assassinate roger goodell—rishad carrigan (@i_am_swagg2) September 25, 2012
Is it too much for me to call for Goodell's head on a spike? I mean literally I want to see it. Assassinate him.—brandonarendt (@j3ster_izz_back) September 25, 2012
Okay so im thinking we should murder goodell, then torture the refs—Trenton Knuppel (@tknuppel3) September 25, 2012
Someone should kill Goodell and his replacement refs. Seriously.—Sokhon (@sokhonsen) September 23, 2012
Roger Goodell must die.—Black Republican (@2_Testicles) September 25, 2012
If the Niners lose the division to the Seahawks by one game I will take one for the team and assassinate Goodell. #fuckit
Somebody should shoot Goodell and put his head on a stake. What a joke—Jackson Rioux (@Jrioux_) September 25, 2012
so whos gonna be the hero and kill Goodell?!! I would do it but i got class tomorrow and i cnt skip it smh—jon simpkins (@TheeBlackBieber) September 25, 2012
Someone needs to assassinate Roger Goodell—M.T.K (@KE2Lz) September 21, 2012
Death threats to Goodell. Who's with me?—Ty Brooks (@xTYBROOKSx) September 25, 2012
What's goodell's address, I want to kill him—Smartbets (@smartbets2) September 25, 2012
I really wish Roger Goodell would die.—Zac Sewell (@ZayRayPianos) September 24, 2012
Roger Goodell may or may not die tonight—RobVandendungenbille (@RobertTheBloke) September 25, 2012
roger goodell gone die tonight.—Milton (@_FvckSwag) September 25, 2012
Can we please just stone Roger Goodell to death? This is awful.—Stratton Stone (@StrattonStone) September 25, 2012
I wanna shoot roger goodell—two (@youknow_2cool) September 25, 2012
Rodger Goodell, kill yourself.—Sean Lyons (@Sean1yons) September 24, 2012
If the old refs aren't back next week, Goodell should kill himself for being a cheap stubborn cocky mother fucking asshole, that eats dick.—Jeff Fortuna (@BigTuna4Tuna) September 25, 2012
Somebody need to shoot goodell, these replacement refs, and get the real refs back on the field.—N Robin (@WillieDyn0mite) September 23, 2012
In all honesty, why don't we take goodell, bettman, selig, and stern, put them through some type of tucked up and insane torture—Knud G. Ferdinand (@kgferdinand25) September 25, 2012
EVERYBODY CALL 212-450-2027 APPARENTLY IT'S Roger Goodell's NUMBER HE ABOUT TO GET MAD DEATH THREATS LOL—Marcos Garcia (@GotDeportedYolo) September 25, 2012
I kno Roger Goodell gettin hella death threats right now—Acecalibur (@Acecalibur7) September 25, 2012
Every Packer's fan is sending death threats to Goodell's office right now.—Arooj Ahmad (@asquared121) September 25, 2012
Hey Roger Goodell, Have fun with the death threats for the next month—Tuggy Robinson (@Mikey_DubbsNY) September 25, 2012
IM GOING TO ASSASSINATE THE REPLACEMENT REFS. Bye—Mag Johns (@GATORjohns16) September 23, 2012
I say KILL RODGER GODELL & ALL THE REPLACEMENT REFS !!!!!!—Queen JAMES #6 (@thisIS_amERICA) September 25, 2012
Somebody should kill all of the replacement refs. Am I right?—tom segura (@tomsegura) September 25, 2012
Senior prank: kill the replacement refs—Jack Rizzi (@JackRizzi20) September 25, 2012
They gon kill them replacement refs—Mag .38 Jackson (@MagnumJackson) September 25, 2012
kill every single one of these replacement refs. just kill em. this is a joke.—Mitch Willer (@mitchwiller5) September 25, 2012
While the NFL Referees Association continues to meet with league negotiators, Commissioner Goodell has recently decided to get involved with the talks, as sources told Sports Illustrated that Goodell participated in negotiations with the official referees last Tuesday and Wednesday. At the time, no new face-to-face negotiations were scheduled following the meetings, but many now hope after this highly-controversial finish decided by replacement refs that the NFL and its referees can come to a deal.