Lance Easley, the replacement referee who made the controversial touchdown call that allowed the Seattle Seahawks to defeat the Green Bay Packers on Monday Night Football in September, said he received dozens of death threats afterward. It’s turned him off of officiating.
Easley told the Washington Post that an NFL security official warned Easley and his wife that he should prepare for the threats after the Packers lost to the Seahawks 14-12 on the Hail Mary touchdown on the game’s final play. There is still debate over whether Seattle’s Golden Tate caught a touchdown or if Green Bay’s M.D. Jennings intercepted the ball in the end zone.
A security guard was hired to watch over Easley for a month at his regular job as a bank vice-president. Easley said one voice mail came from a man who said he hoped Easley’s family would die.
Easley said that he chose to not officiate basketball games this fall and doesn’t know if he’ll return to that sport.