• My Scores
  • NFL
  • MLB
  • NCAA FB
  • Golf
  • NHL

NFL removes side judge Brian Stropolo from Saints-Panthers crew because he was a Saints fan

NFL removes side judge Brian Stropolo from Saints-Panthers crew because he was a Saints fan

By Will Brinson | NFL Writer
Brian Stropolo had pictures of himself wearing Saints gear on his Facebook page. (Facebook.com)

The NFL has removed an official from the crew working the Saints-Panthers game on Sunday. Brian Stropolo, scheduled to be the side judge, had posted fan-related items on his Facebook page, the league confirmed to CBSSports.com's Jason La Canfora.

Tim Keese will replace Stropolo, a league spokesman told La Canfora.

The NFL became aware on Sunday morning of an item on Stropolo's Facebook page that identified him as a Saints fan. It then "took the appropriate action" in removing him, a league spokesman said. It was ESPN that notified the league of the social-media posting on Stropolo's page, with Chris Mortensen reporting that Stropolo was removed because his page "unabashedly displays fan passion for the Saints."

"We took the safe and appropriate measures," NFL executive vice president of football operations Ray Anderson told NFL Network on Sunday morning.

Stropolo has since deleted his Facebook page, but the damage was already done.

For more NFL news, rumors and analysis, follow @EyeOnNFL on Twitter, subscribe to our RSS Feed watch Pro Football 360 daily at 3 p.m. ET and NFL newsletter. You can follow Will Brinson on Twitter here: @willbrinson.

CBSSports Facebook Google Plus
COMMENTS
Conversation powered by Livefyre
NEVER MISS A BIG STORY
Sign up to our newsletter and find out who your team could be picking
 

nfl Video

September 27, 2016
September 27, 2016
Should the Panthers be worried?
(2:16)
September 27, 2016
Dolphins vs. Bengals Preview
(2:33)
September 27, 2016
Tough start for Saints
(2:53)

Latest

Most Popular

CBSSports Shop

Men's Brand Jordan Navy Michigan Wolverines 2016 Elite Coaches Sideline Performance Polo

College Sideline Gear
Get yours today!
Shop Now