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Foot Locker

NFL Replacement Refs

Do NOT Work For Us

9/26/2012 10:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

The NFL did NOT secretly hire black-and-white-striped Foot Locker employees to work as replacement referees ... despite all the terrible calls recently ... this according to the sneaker giant.

Foot Locker just released a statement, saying, "Despite recent allegations, our employees have spent the last few weeks at our stores and not at NFL games.”

It's all in response to a joke making the rounds on the Internet ... that the replacement refs are so bad, they must actually be Foot Locker employees.

In case you live under a rock, the employees at Foot Locker wear a referee outfit as part of their uniform -- and they'd probably make better calls too.

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Too bad the pic has a real/legit ref in it. #fail

756 days ago

Dirk Diggler    

hey geniuses at TMZ -- your meme'd photo contains a real ref and not a replacement as evidenced by the reebok logo on Drew Brees' sleeve. This year's jerseys are made by Nike.

756 days ago


The "Foot Locker refs" reference is just a joke. Everyone knows that.
This is just Foot Locker looking for some free publicity.

756 days ago


I personally wish everyone who is complaining about these referees would shut up. The locked out officials made bad calls ALL THE TIME. The Steelers were handed a championship on a silver platter by the old officials. It doesn't get any worst than having a Super Bowl win stolen by referees bad calls. Seahawks fans will NEVER forget that. Way to go Foot Locker for getting publicity out of this, but I am sorry to inform you that it wasn't a bad call. Perhaps the referee being attacked will eventually get an apology and be in a Foot Locker commercial. If the old officials come back I hope they are not arrogant and correct mistakes.

756 days ago

Morticia Cowghoul    

this is both too funny. the original joke is hilarious and the fact that foot locker had to respond cuz those fill in refs are that bad. i don't even like football and all this ref business is even making me mad.

756 days ago


Anyone who walks off a show should be excluded...except Kate Millingtpon

756 days ago
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