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#pounditTuesday, February 7, 2023

Seahawks, replacement ref Lance Easley get together for charity softball game


Lance Easley became a household name in a matter of seconds last September. For those who don’t remember, Easley was the NFL replacement referee who made one of the most controversial calls in sports history and gave the Seattle Seahawks a win over the Green Bay Packers on national television. Over the weekend, Easley got together with the team he helped reach the playoffs last season.

According to Pro Football Talk, Easley took part in Richard Sherman’s charity softball game on Sunday. He dressed in a football official’s uniform and worked the game as an umpire, enjoying a few laughs with the team and even making some questionable calls that brought Russell Wilson out of the dugout in protest. Fittingly enough, Golden Tate was named the game’s MVP.

Easley, who stood by his call last year as it pertained to the rule, held his ground once again on Sunday.

“The NFL upheld it, I’ve looked at plenty of video, I’ve talked to my replay guys, there’s nothing to turn it over,” he said, via the Herald Net. “The fact is, if you want to say that the defender had control of it in the air — which is loosely used, because really process of a catch you have to have two feet, or another body part, and control the ball when you touch the ground in bounds — the ball could have come loose anywhere in that process for a second, which nobody can really see even with all the cameras, and if it did, then it’s a loose ball but it didn’t touch the ground, so if they’re both on it, it goes to the offense. So it was just one of those calls. It’s just a play that will live in NFL history.”

[Related: Packers players cuss out replacement refs on Twitter]

Easley said he decided to take part in the softball game for charity and that he would do the same if the Packers asked him. Charity or not, something tells me they wouldn’t have him.

Photo: Instagram/Lawyer Milloy


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