Reigning NFL MVP and the Green Bay Packers are still angry after a blown last second call on Monday Night Football against the Seattle Seahawks.
Packers QB Aaron Rodgers used his weekly radio show on Tuesday to throw shade on the NFL's explanation for the replacement officials' decision.
As reported by the Associated Press:
Speaking on Milwaukee's ESPN 540 AM, Rodgers said the NFL's willingness to use replacement officials who aren't up to the task is a sign that the league cares more about money than it does about tarnishing the game.
Rodgers apologized to the fans, saying the NFL apparently isn't willing to do so itself.
"I just feel bad for the fans," Rodgers said on the show. "They pay good money and the game is being tarnished by an NFL who obviously cares more about saving a little money then having the integrity of the game diminish a little bit."
It was one of the worst calls in NFL history as the replacement officials ruled that a last-second catch in the end zone resulted in a touchdown to Seahawks receiver Golden Tate — when it was clear-cut interception by the Packers' M.D. Jennings in Seattle's 14-12 win on Monday night.
Rodgers said fans deserve better.
"Our sport is generated, the multi-billion dollar machine is generated, by people coming to watch us play…And the product that is on the field is not being complemented by an appropriate set of officials. The games are getting out of control."
Rodgers even called out replacement referee Wayne Elliott, who determined that there was no indisputable visual evidence to overturn the call on the field through instant replay:
"I mean, come on, Wayne, that's embarrassing…This is the NFL here saying they should have called pass interference and saying that the refs got it right in the end zone. Unbelievable."
It looks like we can expect more bad calls as the NFL and the referee’s union still have not reached a deal. Do you agree with Rodgers?