Washington defensive end Jason Hatcher was upset following the team's 44-16 loss to the Carolina Panthers on Sunday, and insinuated that referees are biased due to the team's name.
"It's going to be hard, you know, we fighting against teams and the referees. It just is what it is," Hatcher said. "I don't know if it's about the name or what, but at the same time, we play football too. We work our butt off too."
Hatcher suggested that in every game Washington has had calls go against them that shouldn't have, and that it's a constant thing.
"Don't single us out," Hatcher said. "At the end of the day, it's the name. Don't worry about the name. We players and we work our butt off too."
Washington was nowhere close to competing with the Panthers on Sunday. Cam Newton tossed five touchdowns and the Panthers rushed for 142 yards, while Washington put up under 200 yards of total offense. One play in particular saw Washington cornerback Chris Culliver intercept Cam Newton while hitting the ball away from tight end Greg Olsen, but the would-be pick-six was called back due to a helmet-to-helmet hit.
"Helluva of a football play by Cully. Made the tackle and made the interception," Hatcher said. "But the game is in the hands of the refs."
Culliver clearly hit Olsen's helmet with his helmet on the play, but there was room for doubt given that he did not lead with the helmet and first contact did not come from the helmet. But, that's rarely considered when it comes to penalties on the field, and Culliver did leave his feet on the hit, which is also against the rules.
Washington was penalized nine times for 68 yards against the Panthers. Carolina was penalized eight times for 66 yards. Washington is nowhere near the most penalized team in the league, with 75 accepted penalties. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers lead the league with 106 accepted penalties.
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