A segment of NFL fans already believe league officials are in the bag for Tom Brady and Patriots, so it doesn’t take much to stoke the conspiracy fire. Many thought the zebras did New England a solid when they disallowed a Myles Jack fumble recovery touchdown, and after the final snap, one official trended on social media for giving Brady a seemingly partisan congratulatory pat.
Honestly, can you blame the ref for being unable to resist the magnetic tractor beam of greatness? Bad optics for sure. Proof of a grand conspiracy design? Depends on if you’re a Patriots fan or consider them the Evil Empire.
Another official seemed to revel in getting in the middle of the Pats’ TD celebration on a score before the half. Ok, maybe he shouldn’t look QUITE so giddy.