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NFL Replacement Ref

I Made the

RIGHT CALL

9/27/2012 11:19 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Lance Easley
-- the NFL replacement ref who made the TD call in Monday night's Packers vs. Seahawks game tells TMZ ... he stands by his decision, adamantly saying, "It was the correct call."

Easley told us he can't believe he's being vilified ... "I didn't do anything wrong."

He says strongly ... the Packers player who allegedly intercepted the ball never had singular possession because, "You have to not only have the ball but have either 2 feet or a body part on the ground, and that never happened."

Easley says this was clearly a case of simultaneous possession -- meaning the catch goes to the offensive player --  adding, "Put any other official who knows the rules and they would make the same call."



Easley told us, no one has ever seen a play like this before, so there's no point of reference to judge the call.  He says, "I don't appreciate the negative stuff."

Easley says he feels like he's become a sacrificial lamb, who had to "fall on the sword." 

Easley -- who refs at El Camino and Pierce Junior Colleges as well as Occidental, all in Southern California -- says the replacement refs did what they were expected to do.

"We did a damn good job ... for the most part."

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1.

Best Mom    

What a doofus!

721 days ago
2.

matt    

Rose colored glasses...

721 days ago
3.

Eli7798    

I don't think the guy should be vilified. He made the wrong call, but he was put in a hard situation and did the best he could. Glad to see the regular ref's are back to make bad calls again!

721 days ago
4.

Jordan    

Easly all is forgiven because you will not be put in that postition again your days of refing an NFL game are now over you can go back to the Lingere league where you belong good bye and good luck in your next endevor.

721 days ago
5.

Rico Suavy    

Moron

721 days ago
6.

DaveT    

But now the whiny overpaid real referees are back so we'll soon forget about that call and be focusing on the real refs bad calls...which happen often enough ;)

721 days ago
7.

Dean    

---Easley says this was clearly a case of simultaneous possession -- meaning the catch goes to the offensive player -- adding, "Put any other official who knows the rules and they would make the same call."---

Except, you know, every other official, past and present, that has looked at the footage, including Gerry Austin. Go back to your high school games, Lance. The big boys are ready to play now.

721 days ago
8.

Jimmy Changa    

go back to juco, your services are no longer required... because you really really suck! It is not a simultaneous catch if you reach around from the back...delusional idiot....

721 days ago
9.

Laura    

His call was so bad that now the regular refs are back. Even the NFL said the call was wrong.

721 days ago
10.

baronz    

Jobstr has an NCAA football ref answering Q's about reffing and the GB/SEA controversy fwiw - pretty interesting: http://jobstr.com/t/s/4371-football-official

721 days ago
11.

John McCammon    

This guy is going to need some

721 days ago
12.

Jen    

He had money on the game and made the right decision for his wallet.

721 days ago
13.

EMP BITE ME    

Even HELEN KELLER thinks it was the wrong call.

721 days ago
14.

missy barret    

wtf are you kidding me! a panther fan!

721 days ago
15.

missy barret    

wtf you gotta be kidding right

721 days ago
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