PACKERS' T.J. LANG SAYS PLAYER COULD TAKE ACTION ON REFS
As resentment about the NFL's replacement officials heads toward a boiling point the league had best consider the possibility of player protests at upcoming games.
Green Bay guard T.J. Lang raised that scenario Tuesday in a radio interview with 97.1 The Ticket in Detroit, saying his teammates discussed radical action on their flight home from the Monday night debacle in Seattle.
Lang said players talked of going on strike or simply taking a knee on every play in upcoming games until the regular officials return.
“Whatever it takes, it’s just a total embarrassment to everybody watching the game, the players in the game," Lang said. "It's not fun to be part of something like that . . . If it keeps going on, it’s going to get ugly.”
Lang added that: “Going into a game worrying about the refs more than the other team, it’s a problem. The NFL, the commissioners, if they don’t take action after last night . . . That should be the last straw.”
Lang also is the Packer who had one of the more notable tweets about the Monday night game, writing: "(Expletive) It NFL. Fine me and use the money to pay the regular refs."
As for the game-ending call that stole a victory from Green Bay, Lang said: “We were furious, man, as soon as we got into the locker room we turned the TVs on, it was just heartbreaking to have the game taken from us like that,” he said. “We put too much effort, blood, sweat and tears into this game to have it taken from us.”