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#pounditTuesday, January 31, 2023

Video: NFL referee goes viral for pulling a Kawhi Leonard

NFL ref Shawn Smith making a cal

One NFL referee was sounding a lot like a fun guy on Sunday.

Referee Shawn Smith, who was officiating the Week 17 contest between the Miami Dolphins and the Tennessee Titans, went viral for a hilarious reason. Before announcing a penalty in the second quarter, Smith got the crowd’s attention by saying, “Hey, hey hey.”

That led everyone on Twitter to make the same joke — that Smith sounded exactly like LA Clippers star Kawhi Leonard.

Leonard famously said, “Hey, hey, hey,” to welcome Clippers fans during his first game with the team in 2019, sparking a legendary meme.

The Titans would go on to win the game 34-3, but Smith was the real winner of the day. This might have even been a better viral moment than the one we saw from another referee earlier in the weekend.


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