Jeff Triplette is known for being an atrocious NFL referee. So it’s never too shocking when he makes mistakes, but what happened Sunday when the Chicago Bears visited the Detroit Lions will blow your mind.
Bears defensive tackle Eddie Goldman jacked up a Lions offensive lineman, shoving his head backwards by way of his facemask — a textbook illegal hands to the face penalty.
It was blatant.
But Triplette called a penalty on the Lions instead…for that same exact infraction.
Jeff Triplette makes a lot of terrible calls. He may have just made his worst yet, enforcing illegal hands to the face on the wrong team.
— Michael David Smith (@MichaelDavSmith) December 11, 2016
— TheRealHymie (@TheRealHymie) December 11, 2016
This is ridiculous by the refs. Not sure how this is missed so badly. https://t.co/dmT5UQBDFt
— Geoff Schwartz (@geoffschwartz) December 11, 2016
Normally, we’d agree with free agent lineman Geoff Schwwartz, who doesn’t know how this call was missed so badly. But this is Triplette we’re talking about here, the NFL’s undisputed worst referee.
At this point, the NFL really, really, really needs to fire Triplette and let other, more competent people referee these games.