Referee Behind Controversial Ending to Monday Night Football is from Santa Maria
Posted: Sep 25, 2012 12:29 AM CDT Updated: Sep 25, 2012 12:30 AM CDT
By Brittany Silverstein
SANTA MARIA, Calif. - A replacement official from Santa Maria is now at the center of controversy over the Seahawks' 14 to 12 win over the Green Bay Packers on Monday Night Football.
Santa Maria resident Lance Easley was a side judge on the field when it all happened. Russell Wilson threw a 24-yard touchdown to Golden Tate at the end of the game. He scrambled, then threw it to the corner of the end zone when the clock expired. Wilson started wrestling with M.D. Jennings for possession.
Easley ran toward the players and then ruled it a touchdown. After reviewing the game, referee Wayne Elliot told the crowd "the ruling of the game still stands."
Easley lives in Santa Maria. He referees for junior college football and basketball games. He also is the president of the Los Padres Basketball Officials Association.