Not only did ref Tony Corrente call one of the worst taunting penalties of the season, but he also hip-checked a Bears player in the process of doing so.
In the fourth quarter of the Bears-Steelers game, Bears’ Cassius Marsh was bizarrely penalized for taunting while staring down the sidelines after a play.
This was just called taunting. The officiating in the NFL continues to be a disaster. This entire game has been pathetic. pic.twitter.com/08UgyGyhJC
— Ari Meirov (@MySportsUpdate) November 9, 2021
While running to his sideline, Corrente appeared to deliberately hip-check Marsh while calling pulling out his flag to call a taunting penalty.
Tony Corrente leaned into the contact and then held his flag toss like a walk off three pointer. What a joke pic.twitter.com/MhNlNVewJx
— Will Brinson (@WillBrinson) November 9, 2021
Why did the ref hip check the player, then throw the flag? pic.twitter.com/zcuyyHgSoJ
— Kelly Cooper (@CoopsHoops101) November 9, 2021
Fans are now calling for the NFL to investigate the ref for hip-checking an NFL player.
NFL needs to suspend that Ref. He intentionally stuck his butt out ,so Bears player could run into him and then threw a flag.
— shannon sharpe (@ShannonSharpe) November 9, 2021
— Feeling Dangerous Podcast (@FDPodcastCLE) November 9, 2021
@NFLOfficiating just can’t help but try being the center of attention. Game. Isn’t. About. You. The hip check as an excuse to throw a flag is a disgrace
— JP (@jaypuzzle) November 9, 2021
— Chris Brockman (@chrisbrockman) November 9, 2021
This ref should be fired. Not even joking https://t.co/LryH2mwZVw
— NoTechBen (@NoTechBen) November 9, 2021