NFL referee Alex Kemp went viral during the game between the Detroit Lions and Seattle Seahawks on Sunday for having a hilarious conversation with a star QB during the game.
The NFL referee quickly let Geno Smith know that he didn’t appreciate the Seahawks QB interrupting him while he was trying to call a penalty over the intercom.
In the fourth quarter, with the Seahawks trailing 21-17, Smith was called for intentionally grounding after throwing the ball out of bounds.
However, Smith believed it was a clear overthrow by his receiver Tyler Lockett, arguing it was simply a miscommunication on Lockett’s route and not worthy of a penalty.
According to the rules, intentional grounding should occur when the quarterback faces pressure from the defense and throws a “forward pass with no realistic chance of completion.”
Smith expressed that this was not the case and tried to press his claim on Kemp, but he had already started announcing the penalty and was unhappy with the quarterback’s attempt to influence him.
“I’m talking to America here, excuse me,” Kemp told Smith.
NFL fans flooded social media with reactions to the funny exchange.
One said: “Classic. I love football, haha.”
Another: “Well played by the official.”
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A third joked: “Me if someone interrupts me while I’m writing an Instagram story.”
And a fourth: “I love it when referees behave humanely.”
The Seahawks defeated the Lions in overtime with a 37-31 victory and moved on to play the Carolina Panthers in Week 3.