An all-Black officiating crew worked an NFL game for the first time in league history when the Los Angeles Rams faced the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Monday night.
League calls the milestone “a testament to the countless and immeasurable contributions of Black officials to the game, their exemplary performance, and to the power of inclusion.”
Kim Klement / USA TODAY Spo via ReutersNov. 24, 2020, 2:29 AM UTCByThe Associated PressTAMPA, Fla. — An all-Black officiating crew worked an NFL game for the first time in league history when the Los Angeles Rams faced the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Monday night.
Referee Jerome Boger led the crew, which also included umpire Barry Anderson, down judge Julian Mapp, line judge Carl Johnson, side judge Dale Shaw, field judge Anthony Jeffries and back judge Greg Steed.When the NFL announced the crew was being assembled last week, league executive vice president of football operations Troy Vincent hailed the move “a testament to the countless and immeasurable contributions of Black officials to the game, their exemplary performance, and to the power of inclusion that is the hallmark of this great game.”
Five members of the crew work together regularly. Johnson and Steed joined the group for Monday night’s matchup between NFC playoff contenders.The members of the crew have a combined 89 seasons of NFL experience and have worked six Super Bowls.Bucs coach Bruce Arians, who’s been supportive of diversity in hiring throughout the league, applauded the decision. headtopics.com
“Way too long coming,” Arians said. “I know a lot of those guys. They’re great officials. ... It’s a historic night, and I think it’s fantastic.The first Black official in any major sport was Burl Toler, hired by the NFL in 1965. Read more: NBC News »
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I still keep wondering why we should consider this historic!?! Are we not all equal before God!?!🇺🇸❤🙏 👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾 Now do one on an all White NFL team. Sad it was in 2020, instead say 50 years ago? Big frikken whoop. This will be posted in my display cabinet certainly for BLACK HISTORY MONTH. This makes my heart extremely happy.
Cool but Kaepernick7 is still getting black balled.. maybe make that right too? Yeah they were AWFUL lol A see a lack of diversity. And a civil rights violation. YES for 45!! Paula White Kenneth Copeland Michelle Bachman That’s great news! Now when does Colin Kaepernick get a shot at a job in the NFL? The good thing we already know they’re better than white referees because well...referees.
Alright! Honestly who cares but this is definitely backwards not forwards. Whats next? Whole Staff? Whole Team? Whole League? This is a dangerous trend to segregation.