Looks like the backlash was real.
The NFL officiating crew that worked the NFC championship game was moved to a different suburban hotel Sunday night, after being harassed both in person and even by cellphone at their first downtown hotel.
Bill Vinovich's crew of game officials was moved last night from downtown #NewOrleans hotel to one in suburbs, sources say, NFL confirms. One official even harassed on his cellphone. My story: https://t.co/cIVDxAqXnW#Saints #WhoDatNation #LARams #LAvsNO #NFL #NFCChampionship
— John Kryk (@JohnKryk) January 21, 2019
We introduced you to the refs working the game:
Meet Gary Cavaletto, the Ref Who Cost the Saints From Advancing to the Superbowl https://t.co/KDKV4Mcq3t
— SportsGossip.com (@sportsgossip) January 21, 2019
All game officials checked out of the suburban hotel by mid-morning Monday, without incident during their stay, sources said.
The NFL confirmed officials did relocate to a different hotel on Sunday night, but said there was no threat to their safety and no issues involved, just a switch to be cautious.
The NFL needs the refs to be held accountable, but they should never be in harm’s way.
It’s just a game.
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