After many assumed there was no way the NFL could avoid fining the Green Bay Packers after numerous players called out the league on Twitter following the team’s loss to the Seattle Seahawks, it appears they are going in a different direction. The NFL will not fine the Packers or players from other teams for the degrading tweets or any other remarks made on social media sites.
Monday night’s officials ruled in favor of the Seahawks after safety M.D. Jennings of the Packers clearly intercepted the ball in the end zone. The Twitter world exploded with fans, entertainers, and players from every sport chiming in on what had happened.
Numerous industry professionals used whatever they could to get their voice heard about the debacle in Seattle. The next day, people who know nothing about the NFL knew what had happened the night before. Someone would have to be living underneath a rock not to know the referees blew the call.
It comes as a shock that the players will not be fined considering some of the things that were said were very bold. Green Bay’s Josh Sitton, Jermichael Finley, and T.J. Lang were very critical in their tweets and even used f-bombs to express their anger.
Since the NFL is not going to apologize for blowing the game – as well as using referees that were not even good enough to officiate Division I college football games – this appears to be the league’s way of saying they are sorry. Not to mention, if the league fined the Packers for their remarks they would have to fine every other person associated with the NFL as well. With all of that money, they could afford to pay the $3 million the regular referees are seeking.
This is the easiest way for the NFL to move past this embarrassing incident and get on with the season. The league will accept the black eye, sort of, and begin figuring out a way to avoid this in the future. Obviously, the only way to do that is to pay the regular referees and get them back to work.
At this point, the only thing for the Packers to do is accept what happened and move on. They can sit around and pout about it or they can take all of their frustration out on the New Orleans Saints this weekend. I personally prefer the latter.
Michael is a MLB and NBA Featured Writer for Rant Sports, but covers topics for various teams in baseball, basketball, and football. Make sure to follow Michael on Twitter @MichaelTerrill and on Facebook.