NFL Determines Refs Weren’t Asking Bucs WR Mike Evans For Autograph

Referees on field - week #3 of the 2019 NFL Pre-Season Game Atlanta Falcons Host the New York Jets on Thursday August 15th 2019 at the Mercedes Benz Stadium in Atlanta Georgia USA

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The NFL has concluded its investigation into two referees who appeared to approach Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Evans for an autograph following Sunday’s Week 7 against the Carolina Panthers.

After the investigation, the NFL determined the referees — side judge Jeff Lamberth and line judge Tripp Sutter — were not doing what it appeared.

Referees are prohibited from asking players for any autographs or memorabilia.

“After speaking with the individuals involved, we have confirmed that the postgame interaction between Jeff Lamberth, Trupp Sutter, and Mike Evans did not involve a request by the game officials for an autograph,” the NFL said in a statement, via Pro Football Talk. “Both Lamberth and Sutter have been reminded of the importance of avoiding even the appearance of impropriety when interacting with players, coaches, and club staff on gameday — including during the pregame and postgame time periods.”

 

Phew. Now we can all sleep peacefully at night.

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