Ray Anderson Warns All 32 NFL Teams
After replacement officials endured a tough weekend involving many high-profile confrontations between players, coaches and referees, a number of NFL officials had to phone owners, managers and coaches from all 32 teams in order to try and control behaviour.
Ray Anderson, NFL executive vice president, said that it was in order “to send a message that everyone has a responsibility on respect for the game.
Everyone needs to be mindful that this respect for the game has to be practiced at all times and that the events of Monday evening … represented unacceptable behaviour.”
He went on to say that the behaviour will not be tolerated and that he expects everyone who was phoned will make that clear to all relevant people.
While Anderson didn’t elaborate on what was unacceptable in Monday’s game between Atlanta Falcons and Denver Broncos, John Fox, the Broncos’ coach, and Jack Del Rio, the defensive coordinator, both had high-profile confrontations with the officials.
Anderson said that if the behaviour continues there could be fines and even suspensions.
In the meantime negotiations between the NFL and the Referees Association are not progressing. Apparently negotiations which took place on Tuesday and Wednesday did not go well.