Green Bay Packers offensive guard Josh Sitton wants his team to go on strike. Sitton appeared Tuesday on The Jim Rome Show where he complained that his team was not doing enough to go after NFL officials who threw away a Packers victory during the last few seconds of play on Sunday.
Sitton also notes that safety concerns because of botched calls, missed plays and slow play calling can’t be ignored and should lead to the end of the NFL referee lockout immediately.
Here’s what he had to say about the replacement referee situation:
“I don’t think they care. They know the type of business we have and they know fans are going to keep showing up. There needs to be something done. I wish I had an answer. If I could go on strike, I fricking would just to end this crap. I don’t know if we can, we probably can’t because of the CBA, but I wish there was an answer. I don’t think they care, they flat-out don’t care.”
Sitton then goes on to describe the chaos that occurred in the Green Bay locker room when an official ordered the team back onto the field for the final extra point of the game. Sitton says of that incident:
“There were a few choice words thrown his way, I’ll say that. He looked pretty scared, his eyes were big and bug-eyed. He wasn’t too happy to be in there, I’ll just leave it at that. I don’t really want to say all the words that were being thrown out there.”
The Green Bay offensive guard then pointed out the responsibility of Seattle Seahawks players at the time of the incident:
“I would say the two biggest goats out of this whole thing are Pete Carroll and Golden Tate. They’re calling it a good call, and Golden Tate saying he caught it and there was no push in the back — be a man. You can be happy you won the game, I understand that, stuff is going to happen, but be a man and admit it was a bull-crap call and stand up and have some integrity. How are you going to face the fricking team when they know it’s bull crap? I think Golden Tate and Pete Carroll are completely full of crap.”
The NFL has come under fire since the start of pre-season because of lousy play calling on behalf of the NFL’s replacement referees. At this very moment union officials and NFL owners are meeting to discuss an end to the NFL referee lockout.
Sitton is not alone in his fight, Green Bay Mayor James Schmitt has written a strongly worded letter to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell in which he demands an end to the NFL referee strike.