Pat McAfee Rips The Officiating In The Chiefs-Bengals Game, Doesn’t Blame People Who Say The ‘NFL Is Rigged’

The Bengals tackle Marquez Valdes-Scantling in the AFC Championship game

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On the Monday episode of The Pat McAfee Show, host Pat McAfee went off on the quality of officiating in the AFC Championship game on Sunday between the Cincinnati Bengals and Kansas City Chiefs.

In his trademark McAfee tone, the former Indianapolis Colts punter said he understands why people watching the game were saying things like “the NFL is rigged” because the refs in the AFC title game were truly that poor.

“I don’t know what the ratings are going to be, I’m going to assume it’s gonna be bananas. I assume it’s gonna be near 50 million people. 50 million people started watching and questioning every single thing that those refs were doing because that’s how poor the f***ing refs were,” McAfee said.

McAfee also harped on the 3rd-and-9 play that had to be redone due to the officials’ ineptitude:

“Did he blow his whistle? Did the cat get your tongue? Why didn’t you blow your f***ing whistle then? I don’t know what the proper procedure for that is,” McAfee said.

“That 3rd-and-9 situation certainly warrants a lot of question marks about why the f**k is this how you guys decided to figure this out. But, on the flip side, it feeds — it absolutely pours gasoline — onto the fire of the ‘NFL being rigged’ and wanting Patrick Mahomes and a new dynasty back into the Super Bowl.”

As someone who watches both American sports and tons of international soccer, I’m coming to learn that poor refereeing is legitimately a global issue that affects virtually all levels of sports.

In addition to the calls in the Bengals-Chiefs game, the NBA also made headlines for poor officiating on Saturday night after a non-call on LeBron cost the Lakers the game against the Boston Celtics.

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