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Carl Johnson: NFL to have female referees 'soon'

Posted on: August 13, 2011 1:08 pm
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Posted by Will Brinson

The NBA has crossed the gender equality line of having a female official, but as of yet, the NFL has not. However, that will likely change in the future, according to Carl Johnson, the NFL's VP of Officiating.

Johnson spoke with Jane McManus of ESPNW.com (in the context of an excellent profile piece female umpires/referees) and told her that there are some lady officials "in the pipeline."

"We have some in our pipeline, and I expect we'll see it soon," Johnson said.

Johnson noted, per McManus, that there are "women who are currently under consideration" and is anticipating a hire in the near future. But Johnson also pointed out that it's not about just placing the first capable female official on the field.

"Our goal is to get the best people working this game," Johnson said.

So, at some point in the near future, a female will be involved in the officiating of an NFL game. Don't think that because we live in a (somewhat) modernized and progressive society that this will go over smoothly or quietly.

Because it won't. There will be sexist comments on blog posts when it's announced, the scrutiny surrounding the game involving the female will be intense, and "old-fashioned fans" will be eagerly anticipating a mistake.

That's OK. You best believe the NFL and Johnson and everyone else anticipates that. Which is why whenever a female official is given her first assignment on the NFL field, it'll likely be in a situation that at least mitigates as much controversy as possible.

And it probably won't matter because, as Johnson noted, it will be a qualified individual donning the stripes. And once that gender line is crossed, it will start disintegrating some and the fact that a female official is making calls in a football game will become much less of a big deal and much more of a normal process.

That's good for society and it's good for the NFL. Especially if it can help push Jeff Triplette out of active duty.

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Since: Mar 3, 2012
Posted on: March 3, 2012 11:24 pm
 

Carl Johnson: NFL to have female referees 'soon'

Are you fucking kidding me? Can’t u dipshit feminist retards just leave football alone??? Women in sports is literally the most annoying shit on the planet. Its a joke. Anytime a woman is calling a college game ( football or basketball) I immediately change the channel. In fucking believable man. I’ve played minor league and arena football for 5 years and if I ever had a fcuking woman call pass interference on me knowing damn well she never played a down of football in her entire PC era life…I’d have a hard time not choking slamming the shit out of her little ass.seriosuly man women know JACK SHIT about football. Just leave it the fuck alone. Stop RUINING the NFL with ur chickenhead soap opera bullshit. It’s bad enough the NFL and ESPN has women commentating and analyzing games now you want to put some 5’5 105 pound slut in the middle of the game. The day that happens Is the day the NFL is officially a joke. Is already gotten extrememly PUSSIFYED over the years. This is such a fucking joke man. Un real man..un fucking real.



Since: Dec 2, 2011
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Since: Oct 30, 2006
Posted on: August 15, 2011 7:51 pm
 

Carl Johnson: NFL to have female referees 'soon'

Like i said i dont care that you call me a sexist and obviously if all you have to say is my grammar is bad than you have nothing to say. You  can say what you want but women reports analyst  are annoying.  Women should be able to REF in the NFL when they can play in it. And you can say what you want i wasnt wrong. You can find girls who are knowledable about sports but for the most part most them watch sports to spend time with there guy. End of that story.



Since: Feb 1, 2007
Posted on: August 14, 2011 3:58 pm
 

Carl Johnson: NFL to have female referees 'soon'

Make the refs wear bikini's and thongs, and hiring only women from Hooters. 


Soooo, just shut up and tell me what is for dinner; I am starvin.  




Since: May 9, 2011
Posted on: August 14, 2011 3:28 pm
 

Carl Johnson: NFL to have female referees 'soon'

I agree that women have no business ref'ing a NFL game, that is....



Since: May 9, 2011
Posted on: August 14, 2011 3:26 pm
 

Carl Johnson: NFL to have female referees 'soon'

Such a stupid idea! Men and women ARE different! That difference is good. Women should not ref a game they can't play. So sick of this crap.


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