Officiating in the National Football League has been a very contentious issue in 2015, to say the very least.
It seems like after every game week there is one game that was negatively affected thanks to the actions of the men in stripes. Just last weekend we had the disgraceful situation between Odell Beckham and Josh Norman of the Carolina Panthers, that ended with the Giants star receiving a one-game suspension and Norman getting fined twice for his actions.
And now, veteran NFL wideout Steve Smith has spoken out, slamming the current state of refereeing in the league.
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Smith, who’s injured and out for the season, was on the ESPN His & Hersshow on Wednesday and said that officials need to do a better job taking control of situations like the one between Beckham and Norman, that lasted pretty much the entire game.
“The Foot Locker dudes aren’t doing their jobs,” Smith said. “They’ve got to do a better job, just straight up.”
“It’s not going well and somebody is going to get really hurt or they may cost a game to somebody,” Smith went on to add.
Smith then went on to raise a very interesting point, saying that when players or coaches fail to perform they get fired, but there's no such fears of punishent for officials.
“Coaches get fired when they don’t do a good enough job coaching. Players get fired when they don’t do a good enough job playing. The Foot Locker dudes, they don’t do a good job [and] nothing happens.”
The biggest thing that should be taken from these quotes, however, is that Smith calls referees 'Foot Locker dudes' which we're pretty sure is one of the best insults we have heard in a while.