The New York Giants won't return home until week five when they host the Cleveland Browns at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, but if the New Jersey State Senate has anything to say about it, that game will not be played.
In the wake of Monday nights debacle in Seattle, New Jersey State Senate President Stephen Sweeney plans to introduce legislation prohibiting any and all professional sporting events to be played in-state that are officiated by replacements. That would, of course, include Giants and New York Jets football games.
“This past weekend in the NFL has not only made a mockery of a great sport, but shined a very bright light on how important fully trained and professional officiating is to player safety,” said Sweeney. “We wouldn’t allow a factory or construction site to operate without fully trained supervisors on hand to ensure the safety of employees. Why should we do anything differently when the job site is a playing field?”
Sweeney feels all athletes on the field are in significant danger of injury due to the large number of bad calls, missed calls and overall ineptitude of the replacement officials. Case in point would be a helmet-to-helmet hit on Oakland Raiders wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey that resulted in him being taken off the field on a stretcher and to a local hospital after being knocked unconscious. No flag was thrown on the play.
“Whether the sport is football, soccer or baseball, when referees don’t know how to properly enforce the rules, there is a real chance for unnecessary and serious injury,” said Sweeney. “If the NFL insists on putting replacement officials on the field, putting players at risk, then the state shouldn’t be playing a part in that.”
On Monday morning, Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz acknowledged that the game has gotten much more physical and violent because players are taking advantage of the replacement officials. In other words, the New Jersey State Senate has (at least in their minds) legitimate ground to stand on here.
- Be sure to like Giants 101 on Facebook, follow Giants 101 on Twitter & +1 Giants 101 on Google+
- Check out the latest line of GMEN shirts, including the new pink version which supports the fight against Breast Cancer
- Listen to Gameface with The Frattman every Sunday morning at 9 AM EST on 940 ESPN Radio
Related VideosReturning Soon!!!!
No related posts.
Short URL: http://sport-ne.ws/kr6