NFL referee has hilarious retort to Geno Smith - ESPN
There's no love lost between players and referees. Take Sunday's contest between the Seattle Seahawks and Detroit Lions, for example.
Seahawks quarterback Geno Smith was called for intentional grounding after he overthrew Tyler Lockett on a play where there appeared to be miscommunication on Lockett's route.
Per NFL rules, intentional grounding is to be called when a quarterback is facing pressure and throws a «forward pass without a realistic chance of completion.»
That wasn't the case for Smith, who had a clean pocket and went to plead his case to head referee Alex Kemp. However, Kemp had already started to announce the penalty and wasn't swayed by the quarterback's explanation.
«I'm talking to America here, excuse me,» Kemp said in response to Smith.
«I'm talking to America here»