Seattle's favorite replacement referee Lance Easley -- you might know him better as the ref who signaled touchdown on Golden Tate's controversial Hail Mary catch Monday night -- stands by his call, according to TMZ.
"It was the correct call," Easley told the entertainment website. "I didn't do anything wrong."
Easley then explained exactly why Green Bay defensive back M.D. Jennings didn't get credit for an interception on Monday night's final play. "You have to not only have the ball, but have either two feet or a body part on the ground and that never happened."
Fake refs? Real refs? Easley said it wouldn't have mattered who was on the field Monday because anyone who knows the NFL rulebook would have made the same call he did. "Put any other official who knows the rules [on the field] and they would make the same call."
Karl Richins, who trained Easley at a referee academy in both June and July this summer, can't believe Easley was on the field in the first place. "[Lance is] a very polite, good Christian gentleman," Richins told USA Today. "But was Lance ready to work at the NFL level? Absolutely not."
Easley's conscience seemed to be clear on Tuesday. Less than 24 hours after his touchdown signal ignited a national controversy, he was at a nightclub in Fresno, taking pictures with -- you're not going to like this Packers fans -- a Packers fan.
Easley might have a little bit more time to spend at the night clubs this week as his days as a replacement ref are now officially over. And ironically enough, they're over mostly because of him. As one NFL owner told CBSSports Mike Freeman, "[Seahawks-Packers] reshaped everything ... it shook me. I think it shook a lot of people."
It didn't shake Easley though, who thought the replacement refs had been doing a good job. "We did a damn good job... for the most part."
(h/t to Larry Brown Sports for the photo below)
|Twenty-four hours after making a lot of Packers fans mad, replacement official Lance Easley was taking pictures with them. (George Takata)|