- The Pittsburgh Steelers feel wronged by referees after a questionable offsides call nullified a field goal.
- Referee Alan Eck’s decision on right guard Isaac Seumalo left many baffled.
- Steelers’ Diontae Johnson suggests bias, implying referees might have been influenced in their decision-making.
The NFL has come under fire once again, with its officiating taking center stage. In the latest in a string of controversial referee decisions, the Pittsburgh Steelers are crying foul – and some are even implying the NFL may be rigged.
During the game against the Jacksonville Jaguars, Steelers’ kicker Chris Boswell’s 55-yard field goal was negated by what many are deeming a “phantom offsides call.”
Here is the post halftime look by CBS at the Steelers penalty on the FG that was flagged for offsides on Isaac Seumalo #Steelers #NFL pic.twitter.com/QLPgDWvxez— Steelers Depot 7⃣ (@Steelersdepot) October 29, 2023
The referees for the Jaguars at Steelers game need to be investigated.
This successful 56 yd field goal was cancelled AFTER the kick went thru due to an offsides penalty.
I've now seen 10 different angles and not one was anyone on the steelers offsides.
Prove me wrong. Please pic.twitter.com/kpvGrfkRnX— PICKETT 2 PICKENS SZN (@Gaige_Rage) October 29, 2023
Instead of penalizing the defense, referee Alan Eck surprisingly flagged Pittsburgh’s right guard Isaac Seumalo.
The sudden decision left fans and players alike scratching their heads, including Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin.
#Steelers HC Mike Tomlin immediately after the offsides penalty on Chris Boswell's 55-yard FG at the end of the half:
"What the f**k is wrong with y'all today? What the f**k is wrong with y'all today?"
Officiating was atrocious. pic.twitter.com/dwSKXVmjZW— Josh Carney (@ByJoshCarney) October 29, 2023
In response to the baffling call, Seumalo quipped, “Obviously the referees saw something different. I’m sure in a couple of days we will get a nice little apology. That will warm my heart.”
Steelers kicker Chris Boswell also addressed the questionable call on social media:
Yet it was wide receiver Diontae Johnson who turned up the heat with his candid thoughts.
“I didn’t like the refs today. They must’ve gotten paid good today,” Johnson asserted, indicating a possible bias in the referee’s judgment. He further claimed, “The referees cost us the game. They wanted [the Jaguars] to win.”
For context, here are Diontae Johnson’s critical comments on the officiating in today’s #Steelers loss to the #Jaguars.
Said refs “must’ve got paid good today,” among other remarks. pic.twitter.com/unwSFg3yP1— Josh Rowntree (@JRown32) October 29, 2023
Week after week, the integrity of the game comes into question with such dubious calls. The Steelers, feeling they were the latest victims of this ongoing issue, join a chorus of teams and fans demanding more accountability from NFL officiating.
As steadfast defenders of truth and justice in America, we’ve long emphasized the need for transparency, fairness, and integrity in every domain – be it politics, education, or even sports.
It seems like every week in the NFL, controversy surrounds the referees and their questionable calls.
The recent fiasco involving the Pittsburgh Steelers and the questionable officiating call during their game against the Jacksonville Jaguars serves as yet another stark reminder that something is amiss in our beloved national pastime.
The “phantom offsides call” against the Steelers isn’t just about one game, one team, or one wronged player. It’s symbolic of a creeping decline in standards that seems to be permeating our culture.
When a wide receiver like Diontae Johnson feels compelled to suggest that referees might have been “paid good today,” we must ask: How did we get here?
The NFL, an iconic institution representing America’s game, should be above reproach. Yet, as seen with the Steelers, its credibility is at stake.
Calls for transparency aren’t about undermining the sport; they’re about preserving its integrity for future generations of fans and players.
The time has come for the NFL to step up. Clear, unbiased officiating is not just a wish – it’s a demand. The league must address these concerns head-on, ensuring that every team, player, and fan knows that every game’s outcome is decided on the field, not in the shadows.
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