Clay Matthews on his fine for criticizing officials: I said what I had to say

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Clay Matthews initially joked when asked about his $12,500 fine for criticizing officials on Twitter.

“I got hacked,” Matthews said to laughter, via video from Lindsey Thiry of ESPN. “Am I the first person to get fined on Twitter?”

As a matter of fact, the Rams linebacker probably is.

Officials erroneously penalized Matthews for a roughing the passer penalty in Week Five, setting him off.

“The storyline for the 2019 season continues to be the refs inability to make the accurate and correct calls week in and week out,” Matthews tweeted after the Lions-Packers game. “Al Riveron continues to blindly side with his refs and the current status quo. Something must change! Zero accountability.”

Matthews explained his thinking this week when he returned to practice from a broken jaw.

“I sat on it for about an hour I didn’t want to be saying anything too emotional,” Matthews said. “As a recipient of four roughing the passer calls over the past two years that all had the league come back to — the Packers last year and the Rams this year — and say they got it wrong, I felt just I had to say something and kind of put it out there. As a fan of the game, too. But you know I said what I had to say and most people agreed with me.”

Matthews said he is appealing the fine.

“I felt I was very politically correct with my answer,” Matthews said. “It wasn’t one of those where I used foul language or anything. But we’ll see how it goes. Again, there’s always with the current state of officiating more so how it’s being talked about, there’s always that possibility that will get squashed. It is what it is.”

10 responses to “Clay Matthews on his fine for criticizing officials: I said what I had to say

  1. He’s not wrong. The refs can screw up games and they still get paid–very well I might add. How can you get paid that well and perform like an incompetent buffoon? They need to fix that.

  2. Hey, always arriving late and aggressively overrunning the play and getting juked sideways with a simple head-bob always draws negative attention to oneself.

  3. I can’t say that he’s wrong. There’s a serious problem with NFL officiating and it’s getting worse. To exacerbate things further, the instant replay initiatives have only served as proof that the officials can’t get calls right in both real time and slow motion.

    The pass interference reply decisions are utterly confounding on a weekly basis.

    The problem is that there’s no reason to believe that anything will change because people keep spending their money and time on the NFL, despite games being regularly determined by the officials instead of the players. At some point people will need to step away from the NFL if they want to see change.

  4. The roughing the passer calls have been getting progressively worse for years now. The fines are bad but at least these players could afford them. The fact that these fouls are being called is the problem. I think that the league has the refs running scared at this point. It sucks most for the fans, some of whom dont recognize today’s game from the one they grew up watching 25+ years ago.

    Im 49 and its not the same game to me. To me its all about flags and constant commercials (which is why as viewers we rarely get to see a replay on a challenged call). Its nonsense.

  5. in every sport refs are under fire. Do you think it is because they are worse then then the were 20 years ago. NO! is is because the rule book looks like the bible and every year they add more rules. I would never want to be a ref. There is a local news story on this week about the shortage of ref for high school sports. A major reason is no one wants to put up their the coaches and the parents anymore. Even at high school level refs are getting killed. So why don’t we just accept it that they will never be perfect and if you cant let’s take a ax to the rule book and cut it in half.

  6. arwiv says:

    Im 49 and its not the same game to me. To me its all about flags and constant commercials (which is why as viewers we rarely get to see a replay on a challenged call). Its nonsense.

    I remember when commercial breaks only happened after a score and the end of the quarter–not every possession. And those commercial breaks were one minute long. Now you get a three-minute commercial break on every other play which means the games last three hours plus–even with a running clock half the time. They shortened the game–and halftime–so they could play more commercials.

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