NFL Referee Needs Mouth Washed Out With Soap

Tampa Bay Buccaneer right tackle Jeremy Trueblood was whistled for a 15-yard penalty after a run-in with Vikings linebacker Chad Greenway on Sunday. There’s not a lot noteworthy in that. But what was interesting was the exchange the ST. PETERSBURG TIMES said Trueblood had with an unnamed official after the play:

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“They hadn’t blown the whistle yet, and they were stripping the ball away from (Warrick Dunn),” Trueblood said. “So, I go knock the guy down. I asked the (official), ‘How do I know that if the ball flies out, you’re not going to call a fumble because there was no whistle.’ He looked at me and said, ‘I know I was a little late on the whistle. I’m working on it.’ I told him, ‘I hope you know you just killed our drive.’ He told me to, ‘Shut the (expletive) up.’ Are (officials) allowed to talk to players like that?”

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