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THE QUESTION

Why Punish Players For Ripping the Refs?

"You don't make a call like that in a situation like that, c'mon. Unless [the official] might have money on it," Pittsburgh LB James Harrison said of a questionable roughing the passer call that nearly cost the Steelers the game last Sunday against Jacksonville. Most experts agree that the call was ridiculous, and that Harrison will most likely be fined for his criticism of it. But is that fair? Why can't players speak out when they disagree with an official?

Posted by Emil Steiner on October 8, 2008 10:35 AM
FROM THE PANEL

Accountability Please

A player absolutely should be allowed to have a difference of opinion on a call and be able to air that grievance in a public forum.

Posted by Gene Wang, on October 8, 2008 2:26 PM

Let the Players Speak

If the goal of the NFL is to create fair competition they owe it to themselves, and their millions of fans to end this draconian policy.

Posted by Emil Steiner, on October 8, 2008 11:01 AM

Integrity Means Silence

Referees cannot be ripped by the players in the public eye.

Posted by Zach Leibowitz, on October 8, 2008 10:50 AM

The Officials Can Take It

They're already scrutinized so closely that a little public debate wouldn't bother them.

Posted by Mark Maske, on October 8, 2008 10:46 AM

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