Justin Thomas Reacts to Raging NFL Controversy and Calls Out ‘Empowered’ Referees

Published 11/09/2021, 1:23 PM EST
Golf – Scottish Open – The Renaissance Club, North Berwick, Scotland, Britain – July 11, 2021 Justin Thomas of the U.S. during the final round REUTERS/Russell Cheyne


Justin Thomas is one of the most prominent golfers on the PGA Tour. Meanwhile, after a disappointing 2020-21 PGA Tour season, Thomas has had an excellent start to the 2021-22 season. Recently, he finished T3 at the Mayakoba Golf Classic in Mexico, where Hovland took the limelight with an emphatic victory. 

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Justin Thomas is also a big NFL fan and tries to follow each game ardently. Moreover, reportedly JT supports Tom Brady’s Tampa Bay and recently, Justin tweeted about the NFL controversy yesterday. So let us have a look at those tweets and see what exactly did JT say. 

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Justin Thomas gives his opinion about the NFL’s controversial game

During the match between Chicago Bears and Pittsburgh Steelers, Bears linebacker Cassius Marsh accused the official Tony Corrente of hip-checking. Meanwhile, Chicago Bears lost the match with a score of 29-27. Hence, Justin Thomas tweeted about this incident and asked people to give him their perspective. 

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“Just saw the entire highlights of the NFL game last night (east coast sports, whatever). Is the swagger and confidence not a part of football? I get it, to an extent… Seems like refs are feeling very empowered this season and impacting games. What y’all think?”

So a fan replied to this tweet, saying that this is a part of the game. But he called out the referee for calling cheap shots on Justin Fields and the phantom calls against the Chicago Bears. Moreover, he also said that this changes the outcome of the game. 

And JT seemed to be agreeing to this as he replied, “That’s what I mean. It’s almost gotten to the point where it looks shady at times, no? I rarely make it till the end of a prime-time game as I go to sleep early. So when I watched the highlights this am, I was very rattled. Seemed like a horribly officiated game.”

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Furthermore, a Twitter user questioned Justin what would he do if a rules official hip-checked him and gave him a penalty stroke. “That’s what bothered me, maybe more than anything. If a player did that (in any sport) to a ref, they’d be suspended and majorly fined. NFL needs to hold that ref accountable IMO. It just all seemed very odd.” 

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Thomas seems to firmly believe that officials and referees need to be held accountable in the NFL. But what do you think about this whole incident? Do let us know in the comments section. 

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Amey Kulkarni

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Amey Kulkarni is a Golf writer at EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing his Bachelor’s degree in mass media from HR College, Mumbai. Before joining EssentiallySports he used to write articles on Golf and Cricket on his personal blog cricgolf.

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