Santa Maria Man, NFL Replacement Referee Lance Easley at Center of MNF Officiating Debacle
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:
congratulations goes out to Santa Maria resident Lance Easley (referee # 26) for being the most hated man in the America. enjoy your future!
— Jeff (@iamjeffbernier) September 25, 2012
Lance Easley, Monday Night Football ref who signaled TD, has a home phone number that is listed. Wonder how long that will last.
— Jay Morrison (@JayMorrisonCMG) September 25, 2012
– Associated Press photo