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Jets seem to question officiating call, Twitter style

With all the focus on NFL players possibly being fined for things they say on Twitter (and the specific places and times on which they do so), one previously overlooked item has been the possibility that teams could get in trouble for the content of their tweets, too.

During the Patriots-Jets game, New York linebacker Bart Scott was on the wrong end of a personal foul for kicking the head of Pats receiver Julian Edelman.

The only problem?  Replays showed that Scott didn’t kick Edelman.

And the Jets pointed that out via the team’s official Twitter page.

Though it’s likely not enough to trigger a fine for criticizing the officiating (and we’re suddenly having flashbacks to last year’s convoluted debate over whether criticism of officials is appropriate as long as it’s not targeted at the integrity of the officials), there’s a line out there that teams shouldn’t cross.  With the ability of someone sitting behind a computer screen to vent in real-time, this could get interesting.

So, in other words, we hope Colts G.M. Bill Polian becomes the person responsible for updating the team’s official Twitter page.

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14 Responses to “Jets seem to question officiating call, Twitter style”
  1. TFBuckFutter says: Sep 20, 2009 1:59 PM

    Watched it. At first I thought he kneed him. Officials must have agreed.
    I guess you don’t get a lot of slack when you say you’re going to punch opposing players and don’t care if you get fined.

  2. ST says: Sep 20, 2009 2:11 PM

    He absolutely bought himself that call with the pre game trash… You put a microscope on you yourself your not gonna get the benefit of the doubt

  3. lezmaka says: Sep 20, 2009 2:16 PM

    This brings up a question. If someone actually criticizes the officials on Twitter, who would they fine?
    Usually when there’s a fine for criticizing the officials, there’s an individual that can be identified. Using Twitter would be like the team issuing a press release saying the officials suck. There’s no specific person to fine.
    If they fined the twit (twit? twitter-er? tweeter?) that actually posted the comment, the fine would probably be more than the person makes in a year. The team as a whole?

  4. ChrisD says: Sep 20, 2009 2:21 PM

    Chances are high this has been outsourced to VaynerMedia. They also use Twitter to do a virtual J-E-T-S JETS JETS JETS chant…

  5. NoKoolaidCowboy says: Sep 20, 2009 2:22 PM

    He stubbed his toe into the turf and never touched the receiver.
    It was an optical… {{{{{{{{ illusion }}}}}}}

  6. Jaydub says: Sep 20, 2009 2:25 PM

    Twittered or not, it was a bad bullshit call

  7. PFTiswhatitis says: Sep 20, 2009 2:28 PM

    He kneed him in the back – clear as day except for the blind announcers and Jets fans.

  8. TFBuckFutter says: Sep 20, 2009 2:28 PM

    “Jaydub says:
    September 20, 2009 2:25 PM
    Twittered or not, it was a bad bullshit call”
    It wasn’t bullshit. The ref saw what we, AND the announcers saw. Bart Scott kicked a receiver who was down.
    He probably would have gotten the benefit of the doubt IF HE HADN’T SAID HE WAS ESSENTIALLY GOING TO DO EXACTLY THAT.
    You have to remember the refs see things in real time too. They don’t get to watch 3 replays in slow motion. And he DID make contact.

  9. Murabma says: Sep 20, 2009 2:29 PM

    Jaydub:
    Of course it was a bad, BS call. Look who it’s going against and I don’t mean the Jets. Every Patriot* opponent seems to get crap like that done to them, especially in close games the last few years. I’m sure Scott remembers his tirade after the Ravens got royally screwed two years ago–the one that got him fined. Something smells mighty fishy around the Pats* when it comes to officiating, there’s really no question about that to any objective observer. For the record, I’m not a Jets fan, but someone who watches a ton of Cheatah* games……

  10. lezmaka says: Sep 20, 2009 2:33 PM

    “Twittered or not, it was a bad bullshit call”
    As opposed to a good bullshit call?

  11. stanjam says: Sep 20, 2009 2:41 PM

    Shouldn’t suggest you are out to hurt people before the game.
    If the players can’t tweet, teams shouldn’t either. FINE THEM! Fine them hard!

  12. mborz says: Sep 20, 2009 2:54 PM

    It doesn’t matter whether he ran his mouth before the game or not. It was a phantom penalty and should not have been called. Plain and simple. Officials need to quit calling penalties unless they actually see them.
    BTW – I’m not a Jets fan.

  13. kayC says: Sep 20, 2009 3:51 PM

    “It doesn’t matter whether he ran his mouth before the game or not. It was a phantom penalty and should not have been called.”
    Precisely. Only Pats fans would think that Jets players deserve penalties solely on the basis of pregame chatter. *rolls eyes*

  14. Jaydub says: Sep 20, 2009 6:13 PM

    “It wasn’t bullshit. The ref saw what we, AND the announcers saw. Bart Scott kicked a receiver who was down.”
    You’re joking, right? No one saw Bart Scott kick the guy because IT DIDNT HAPPEN. He may have bumped him ever-so-slightly with his shin as he was trying to stop moving, but that was not a kick. The fact that the guy on the ground pulled off an Oscar winning performance by rolling over made the case for the refs throwing the flag. The announcers didn’t see shit either. Good try
    By the way….I’m not a Jets fan. I can’t stomach the Jets or the Patriots, but a bullshit call is a bullshit call. You saw what you wanted to see.

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