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NFL Exec Anticipates Referee Lockout Extending Into Regular Season
Published August 21, 2012
SMITH CONCERNED ABOUT SAFETY: NFLPA Exec Dir DeMaurice Smith called the lockout of regular officials "a health and safety" issue for players. Smith, who was at the 49ers training camp yesterday, said, "I've made it abundantly clear in a meeting (with the NFL) not long ago how serious we feel the issue is. It will become more significant as we progress in the season." In San Jose, Cam Inman notes that one 49ers player yesterday said that some replacement officials “are embarrassing themselves.” That player “relayed a story in which he told an official he wasn't at fault on a penalty call.” The official allegedly responded, "Maybe you weren't" (SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS, 8/21). Smith said, "You have guys trained at the speed of this game. The people who understand and are trained about the speed of this game are locked out" (CSNBAYAREA.com, 8/20).
FROM LAST NIGHT’S GAME: ESPN BOSTON’s Mike Reiss reports Patriots coach Bill Belichick “was furious on the sideline after the replacement officials didn't give him the option to accept an offside penalty on a point-after-attempt following the team's second-quarter touchdown.” He had to “run down the sideline and yell to referee Jerry Frump” to explain the rules. Reiss: “This is what has to frustrate coaches like Belichick the most when it comes to replacement officials -- the coaches have enough to worry about with their own teams, they don't need to coach the officials too” (ESPNBOSTON.com, 8/21).