There hasn’t been a sporting event this controversial since Manny Pacquiao “loss” to Timothy Bradley, but this one takes the cake. The replacement referees finally took matters into their own hands when it came to directly allowing a team to win or lose as they had to choose between whether Seattle Seahawks‘ Russell Wilson’s hail-mary pass was either caught by receiver Golden Tate for a touchdown or intercepted by defensive back M.D. Jennings and furthermore sealing the victory for the Green Bay Packers. Of course, even with conclusive evidence during the replay, the replacement refs chose Golden Tate thus pushing the world on edge.
But before all of the previously mentioned controversy played out, Tate proceeded to push defensive back Sam Shields in the back to get himself into position for a touchdown. It isn’t rocket science, but anyone who watches the game of football knows that when a receiver pushes a defensive back it’s an automatic offensive pass interference and vice-versa. The refs call this play and we avoid a huge controversy.
After the game, Tate spoke with ESPN’s Lisa Salters and she asks whether he pushes off the defensive back or not:
“I don’t know what you talking ’bout. I don’t know what you talking about.”
These two sentences will be heard around the world for the rest of the week. If you didn’t see the play live here it is ==>
I haven’t seen anyone blatantly lie like that in a long time. You can hear the panic in Tate’s voice as he tell Salters that he didn’t push off of the player, but at :13 seconds in the second video, it is clear what Tate did. If he admits it, the play doesn’t get re-done, so it’s completely hilarious to see him lie like that on national television.