Mike Francesa is a New York sports radio legend, but over the past few years, he’s started to get a little sloppy. He made one mistake Monday that he may never live down.
Following the Los Angeles Rams’ victory over the New Orleans Saints in the NFC title game, which featured an egregious missed pass interference call, running back Todd Gurley took to Instagram to post a photoshopped picture of himself swapping jerseys with a referee before the game. Clearly, it was a joke.
The photo was liked and shared thousands of times. Francesa got wind of it, and apparently believed the photo was real.
Francesa, on WFAN Monday, condemned the referee for taking a photo with Gurley. Seriously.
“I gave you the referee’s name who ran the group, and who said to the pool reporter that it was a judgment call and they weren’t even sure what call they were talking about. If you were the referee of that game and you didn’t realize that you had a problem on your hands and that is your honest statement, you should be fired.
You should never have another jersey – whether you exchange them with players before the game, which should be an outrageous thing to begin with. No way should an official be exchanging jerseys with a player before a game. That sets such a bad – that’s such a bad thing to do.”
Here’s video, if you don’t believe it:
Mike Francesa is highly outraged over Todd Gurley exchanging jerseys with the referee yesterday. ? pic.twitter.com/4cv2Q27Eb9
— Ƒunhouse (@BackAftaThis) January 21, 2019
Francesa later walked back his comments. But the clip is going viral, as you’d imagine. Here’s the Gurley photo:
Francesa almost never admits when he was wrong, but he might be smart to here. He’s going to be mocked for a long time for this one.