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Green Bay Packers Reportedly Won’t Be Fined for Tweets After Seattle Seahawks Fiasco: Fan’s Take

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"(Expletive) it NFL.. Fine me and use the money to pay the regular refs."

This was a tweet from Green Bay Packers offensive guard T.J. Lang. Lang tweeted this immediately after the Monday Night Football fiasco that featured the Seattle Seahawks and Green Bay Packers on September 24, 2012. It has been re-tweeted 95,538 times.

What is the NFL's response to Lang's offer? If reports are true, then "No thanks."

Steve Wyche of NFL.com has reported that players won't face fines or suspensions for tweets that were sent after the controversial game. The Twitter universe was set ablaze with players from around the league who vented their frustrations over the botched officiating that cost the Packers their second victory of the 2012-13 NFL season. Josh Sitton and Jermichael Finley were amongst the Packers' players who made controversial tweets.

The replacement officials missed an offensive pass interference that should've ended the game. They also weren't in position to make an accurate call on the Hail Mary touchdown reception by Seahawks wide receiver Golden Tate. The ball was intercepted by Packers safety M.D. Jennings. However, the officials incorrectly ruled it a 'Simultaneous catch." Seahawks won 14-12.

I'm surprised that the NFL didn't fine any players, especially those who played for the Packers. With that said, this was the correct decision. The NFL already faces a public-relations nightmare. They didn't help matters with their insulting explanation about how they supported what was clearly a poor call. Had the NFL levied player fines, they would've been adding fuel to the fire.

The NFL must realize that this is their wake-up call to get something done with the regular refs. They've received a lot of negative publicity from this incident. However, imagine how much worse it will get if this happens in the final weeks of the regular season. It'll only get worse in January and February.

For the Packers, they have 13 games to make up for this inconvenience. Fortunately, it's not as if they were cheated out of a home game. More importantly, they weren't cheated out of a divisional game. The Packers still have a 1-0 record in NFC North games. Had this occurred against the Detroit Lions, Minnesota Vikings or Chicago Bears? That would've been more than an inconvenience; it'd be a travesty. Those are the games where they must take care of business.

Joshua Huffman graduated from Middle Tennessee State University as a marketing major in 2009. He's been a Middle Tennessee resident from 1986-88 and 2001-present. He lived in the Upper Peninsula and Northern Wisconsin from 1988-01 and for approximately eight months in 2009-10 as he completed a 20-game volunteer position with the USHL's Green Bay Gamblers. His favorite sports organizations include the Green Bay Packers, Chicago Cubs, Nashville Predators and Tennessee Titans. He can be found on Twitter HERE.

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