NFL replacement referee Lance Easley

NFL replacement referee Lance Easley, of Santa Maria, just became public enemy No. 1 in the eyes of the Green Bay Packers and many disgruntled NFL fans across the country.

Easley was the side judge who called the final play of Monday’s Green Bay Packers-Seattle Seahawks game a touchdown, despite the fact that Golden Tate’s “touchdown catch,” by rule, should have been ruled an interception by Green Bay’s M.D. Jennings.

“It was the most controversial call in the NFL in quite some time,” ESPN SportsCenter anchor Linda Cohn said afterward.

A controversial call made by a replacement official from the Central Coast.

An official, who according to his LinkedIn profile, is currently the Vice President of Small Business Banking at Bank of America. Here’s his .me profile, which you can bet has resulted in a few “contact me” hate emails tonight.

While his LinkedIn profile doesn’t focus on his officiating background, Easley is also the president of the Los Padres Basketball Officials Association.

Yes, that’s “BASKETBALL.”

Which begs the question, why is the NFL putting someone who has “Over 30 years of Sales and Marketing” experience on the sidelines of a Monday Night Football game?

Because the NFL and the officials’ union have failed to come to an agreement and end the officiating lockout that began back in June.

Now Easley is the fall guy, and is being treated like Steve Bartman around the sports world and social mediasphere. This is just a taste of the Tweets that will be coming his way this week:

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  • Jack Barwick
    Jack Barwick
    September 25, 2012 at 5:37 pm

    Thirteen men on the field, my bad, 12 men on the field and one idiot. Lance your pitiful.

  • Hhapki
    September 25, 2012 at 7:31 pm

    Lance Easley had money on the game. So he had to make the call to protect his investment.

  • September 25, 2012 at 7:33 pm

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  • Greg
    September 25, 2012 at 8:23 pm

    This idiot cost Vegas over 300 million. I guarantee they will find him.

  • Eric
    September 25, 2012 at 8:43 pm

    Sorry state of affairs when someone not qualified to be a ref at that level does not ask for, or wait for, help in that big of a decision. It is the NFL’s fault for this debacle.

  • Bob
    September 25, 2012 at 9:11 pm

    Taint easy being Easley…and won’t be, for quite some time now…

  • September 25, 2012 at 10:13 pm

    Lance Easley had a buddy place a lot of money on the Seahawks +4 in Vegas. Legally. It’s legal for his friends to wager in Vegas.

    He had no business calling Shields for pass interference against Sidney Rice. Shields had TEXTBOOK coverage on that play, yet Rice both shoved, and grabbed Shields’ facemask. Two fouls on one guy, gotten away with. Yet a flag thrown on the victim.

    He also ignored the CLEAR AS DAY shove by Tate on Shields. That was HIS call to make. Shields was in perfect position and is 3 inches taller than Tate. He was erased by the obvious illegal infraction, and Easley protected his investment and let it go.

    He also then stepped into the back of the end zone ahead of the African official who had the better vantage point, better angle, and who was ruling it correctly, in favor of MD Jennings.

    This man needs to be investigated.

    He also should resign, and if not, should be peacefully obtained before his next game. Find a highway patrol officer and pull him over before he makes it to the stadium, and detain him.

    • CJ
      September 25, 2012 at 11:30 pm

      Good point. I think not only Easley, but Wayne Elliot, a realtor from Austin, TX are either getting paid off by people or are betting the games.

      I could do a better job officiating than these idiots and I’m disabled.

  • Aaron Petersen.
    Aaron Petersen.
    September 25, 2012 at 11:08 pm

    The guy is human and shouldn’t be the object of our disgust. Grow up folks. I am the hugest GBP fan too.

    • CJ
      September 25, 2012 at 11:45 pm

      Easley is highly UNQUALIFIED at best and is receiving payoffs at worst.
      He has only officiated high school games for God’s sake. Easley has no business being a ref in the NFL.
      My guess is he is getting pay offs.

  • Chris
    September 26, 2012 at 12:31 am

    That was the greatest call ive ever seen he should be in the Hall of Fame…. GOOOO BEEEAARS!!! lol