NFL replacement referee Lance Easley has been under heavy public scrutiny after awarding the Seahawks a game-winning touchdown on the final play of their game against the Packers Monday night, but he is standing by his controversial call.
Easley believes that he made the correct judgment is deciding that Seattle wide receiver Golden Tate had secured simultaneous possession with Green Bay defensive back M.D. Jennings in the back of the endzone as time expired. He believes the many analysts, players, coaches, and fans that feel differently are misguided, according to CBS Sports:
"It was the correct call," Easley told the entertainment website (TMZ). "I didn't do anything wrong."
The controversy over the call sparked a public outcry that may have sped up negotiations between the locked out NFL refs and the league. Commissioner Roger Goodell has lifted the lockout, as the two sides have reached an agreement. The regular referees will be in place for Thursday's game between the Browns and Ravens.