Found September 16, 2012 on CJ Sports NASCAR Talk:

replacement ref saints 300x168 New Orleans Saints: NFL pulls replacement ref from game

ESPN broke the story…

The NFL pulled one of the replacement officials assigned to the New Orleans-Carolina game Sunday morning after it was made aware that he was a Saints fan.

Side judge Brian Stropolo is a fan of the Saints, according to his Facebook page. He was pulled from the assignment Sunday morning and replaced with an alternate who travels with the crew.

The NFL was unaware of Stropolo’s open allegiance as a Saints fan until ESPN contacted the league Sunday morning.

Stropolo, who is from New Orleans area and lists himself on Facebook as an NFL side judge, posted pictures of himself in Saints gear tailgating at an Aug. 25 preseason game. Stropolo did not work the game against the Texans, but he was assigned to Sunday’s game in Carolina. There were several photos of Stropolo in Saints gear on his Facebook page.

Glad this happened now, because if it would have been discovered after the game this would have been a huge hit to the NFL and would have given more leverage to the real refs. I’m sure they are waiting for anything to happen so that they can paid for their services.

ESPN also reported…

Stropolo’s status update drew 73 “likes” and comments such as “Hey, now be nice with those yellow flags for our Saints!!” and “That’s awesome you get to be an official for a Saints game! I didn’t think they would let you since your (sic) from Louisiana.”

You don’t think that’s inappropriate? come on now… something just not right with this situation? Good catch NFL, but that makes you wonder… how many other refs are like this? NBA has already been through this with their refs, will the NFL see a similar investigation?

(Credit to ESPN)



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