NFL Referee Bill Leavy Should Never Officiate Again

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Bill Leavy is the NFL referee who admitted to blowing a call in the 2006 Superbowl that cost the Seattle Seahawks the game. Yesterday in Green Bay, Leavy didn’t just blow one call, he blew three, and all were against the New York Giants. Bill Leavy should never officiate another NFL game. The league has to step up and fire this man immediately.

The first call that Leavy got wrong yesterday was the worst. After video replay clearly showed Packer wide receiver Greg Jennings fumbled the ball before his knee hit the ground. Leavy came back, after looking at the play under the hood and awarded the ball to Green Bay saying the player was down before the ball came out.

Troy Aikman and Joe Buck both adamantly disagreed with Leavy and the NFL officiating expert in the Fox studio also said that Leavy blew the call. The call extended the Packers drive which ended in a touchdown for Green Bay.

The next play that Leavy made a judgement call on was a personal foul on Giant defensive end Osi Umenyora for hitting Packer quarterback Aaron Rodgers in the head as Rodgers released the ball. Replay after replay showed that Osi hit Rodgers in the shoulder area, never coming near the QB’s head. That drive was also extended and the Packers scored again.

The last horrible call was a ball spot on a third down play near mid-field. DJ Ware clearly had the first down and Leavy put the ball down on the spot where the running back’s ankles hit the turf. How often does it happen in an NFL game where there are three bad calls and it is all by the same official?

Bill Leavy should be let go immediately and never be allowed to officiate another NFL game. Also Bill Leavy should be investigated for possibly violating NFL rules on gambling. It was quite clear today that the referee had an agenda and did everything in his power to give Green Bay the win.

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Scott St. John

About Scott St. John

I have worked in the media for over 30 years as a Producer,director, cameraman,photographer and in publicity. I have worked for the four major television networks and for over 20 different cable networks. From American Idol to the Today Show to HBO Documentaries to the Academy Awards, I have been fortunate to work at the highest professional level in television. As a photographer, my work has been published or seen online in magazines such as Maxim, Stuff, Us weekly, InTouch,Gotham, Shock, OK magazine and more. My work has taken me to the four corners of the world from Africa to South America to Europe to Japan. It's been a great run and I am happy to be on board with the News Burner team.

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26 Responses to NFL Referee Bill Leavy Should Never Officiate Again

  1. whitney January 16, 2012 at 10:14 am #

    Here here! Bill Leavy should definitely be fired and investigated for gambling!! While ecstatic that the Giants won – the only downside is little is being said about Leavy’s calls today around the league, publicly – hopefully behind the scenes more is going on. Thanks for your sanity!

  2. Herschel Krustofski January 16, 2012 at 10:23 am #

    Leavy should have been fired immediately after the 2006 Super Bowl, he wasn’t. So he lived to botch another big game. Perhaps the worst part is that the NFL will say in the playoffs only the best officials work. Clearly that is an insult to any fan’s intelligence at this point. Also, if Tom Coughlin were to take to the podium after the game and vent about the gross incompetence of Bill Leavy, he would find himself much, much lighter in the wallet, you know to “protect the integrity of the game”. A ref botches three calls, doesn’t affect the integrity of the game one bit, but when a coach holds a ref accountable, he’s ruining the game’s integrity.

    Leavy is living, breathing proof that if you take an idiot and you train him, you get a well-trained idiot. And the Peter Principle as well, he’s obviously been promoted to his level of incompetence.

  3. Scott Romans January 16, 2012 at 10:27 am #

    Scott, excellent article! NFL officiating this year has been the worst I have ever seen. Roger Goodell must rid the league of unenforceable rules to protect quarterbacks; he must devise a protocol to rid the league of incompetent officials.

    Regarding the instant game you reviewed, I can think of no other explanation for those egregious calls.

  4. JD January 16, 2012 at 11:13 am #

    Good pick up on the ware thing. That was egregious. Also, Manning was roughed twice; the green bay defenders were guilty of illegal hands to the face and JPP was blatantly held on one of Rogers runs. I can see letting guys play and letting the QB get hit, but not when only one team gets to do it. Look, i dont eXpect the refs to always get it right, but this was way too one sided. I am amazed that there is not more coverage on this.

  5. Bee January 16, 2012 at 11:25 am #

    Glad you pointed out that horrible spot too! It wasn’t even close and was thinking Coughlin would challenge the spot, but he probably knew it would never be overturned.

    They spotted the ball perfectly every time a Packer fell forward but that one was spotted by his ankles.

    NFL = National F’n Laughingstock

    Now lets see if they stand up or if they hide like cowards. What is it going to be Goodell?

  6. Kev January 16, 2012 at 11:40 am #

    The fact that the Giants overcame all these calls is the NFL’s worst nightmare. They can’t cover Leavy by claiming the complaints come from sore losers. I truely believe he tried to change the outcome of this game.

  7. scooter January 16, 2012 at 12:07 pm #

    everybody from fans to the announcers saw a fumble in the Jennings play. How could Leavy be the only person to see it the other way. Im an avid Giant fan but was watching the game with die hard packer fans and they all agreed it was a fumble. Leavy must have had the fix in. He had super slow motion replays under the hood and unless he was taking a nap under there , he new what he was doing. Leavy was trying to influence the outcome of the game for reasons that should be investigated

  8. Tanner January 16, 2012 at 12:27 pm #

    Goodell! Goodell! Goodell! If every fan of every team (incl the Packers) has taken to so many message boards about how UTTERLY HORRIBLE and borderline criminal Bill Leavy’s calls last night were, should you not address this by at least a statement, and at best a firing of this person? This directly influences fans views of the game’s integrity. Most people think the fix is in. In the end, that relates to how many people care enough to watch the games.
    I am a fan of the game (not the giants) and want to see this man investigated, and if all we get is silence on your end then don’t blame tens of thousands of people if we don’t tune in from now on. Just ask the WWE how fixed game entertainment is working out.

  9. johnny V January 16, 2012 at 2:07 pm #

    Leavy actions are similar to Tim Donaghy (Dirty NBA Ref), he did his better to influence the outcome of the game but it didn’t work out…just like Donaghy only won about 75% of the games he bet on/tried to influence. He made 3 horrific calls, but the bad replay call with the most suspicous. The Vegas line moved really significant and unusual between properties on this game. I my opinion, he did try to fix this game.

  10. Tom January 16, 2012 at 2:16 pm #

    3 terrible calls, all by the same official, all against the Giants, all at pivotal points in the game? Sounds like perfectly reasonable grounds to go ahead with an investigation.

  11. Doug January 16, 2012 at 3:12 pm #

    How can we start a petition? I’ll be the first to sign it.

  12. David January 16, 2012 at 3:21 pm #

    Leavy has been spotted gambling in vegas despite NFL gambling rules.
    Goodell must fire him and his crew and remove the instant replay back upstairs where it belongs.

  13. David James January 16, 2012 at 3:57 pm #

    Dear Mr. Leavy
    With a house full of guests for NFL playoff action this weekend, I would like to extend a thank you. It is not often you can show a room full of people what a cheater looks like on a football field, but it was so easy with your Zebra outfit on. You are a serious embarasment to the NFL. Maybe if they let you keep your job this time, you will not make it look so obvious next time. shame on you.

  14. DTrain January 16, 2012 at 4:50 pm #

    Complain to Goodell. Who do you think Leavy gets his instructions from? Like complaining to the kkk about racist members. Would love to hear the official that overturned the fumble before the review. He had to say I saw down by contact which begs the question “why no whistle?”. Games are fixed and we fans are sheep. Complain to Goodell, that is rich. When will a legitimate reporter call this fix a fix? If it looks like a duck, walks like a duct and walks up to you and says my name is daffy duck guess what.

  15. JR January 16, 2012 at 7:55 pm #

    If you post anything on Twitter, use the hash tag #InvestigateLeavy. Let’s start the revolution!

  16. rich January 17, 2012 at 10:49 am #

    It’s criminal

  17. Disgusted... January 18, 2012 at 8:11 am #

    Glad to see *somebody* talking about this. Worst officiating I’ve ever seen in 40 years of watching football. The Giants had to beat the Packers and Bill Leavy too. Whatever amount Leavy lost on this game, I hope it was a lot. He should never be allowed on the field again, and if Goodell doesn’t fire him, he should lose his job as well.
    There is no integrity to save as long this is allowed to continue. Replay is supposed to ensure the right call was made..and clearly showed the ball was loose before any part of Jennings hit the ground. Anyone who couldn’t see that after repeated slow motion replay has no business wearing a zebra suit…period. The call on Umenyora was ridiculous also, not even close. The bad spot, the non calls on two late, helmet-leading hits on Manning.
    Bill Leavy has to go.

  18. Mike January 18, 2012 at 12:28 pm #

    This reflects on our society as a whole. Oftentimes law enforcement is given some leeway as to how to interpret the law and its enforcement with penalties and fines. However, under closer public scrutiny by means of videos, cell phones and the internet, it becomes apparent that some good ol’ boys are not so good. It has led to the removal of many in law enforcement and a revamping of many protocols. The NFL and Mr. Leavy should recognize that they are not only being watched, but they are also being scrutinized by the very ones that put money in their pockets. Continued tolerance of faulty calls will lead to a public that is disgusted and distrustful of this business and they will find something else to watch. Something real, like wrestling.

  19. dillon January 23, 2012 at 7:00 am #

    how is it that crooked refs dictate who goes to the super bowl n no one investigates where their millions come from. . n how they can throw crucial games…billions of betting dollars. . etc this bill leavy is a cop who makes the final calls (unreviewable) in the last two weeks n no one disputes his power????? we just killed joe paterno over something he had nothing to do with. . but this sports bernie madoff is our head d-bag… he was some cop who coached hi school football n a cop who probably makes more $$$$$ as a crooked ref. . .and by the way admits he has thrown games. . . n no one asks how much money he makes??????

  20. Dean February 5, 2012 at 3:04 pm #

    Millions of people watched this sleazeball Leavy deliberately rule 3 calls in Green Bay’s favor, trying to manipulate the outcome of the game…and NOTHING has happened to him. Nothing. Goodell, you are as corrupt as this crooked ref is.

  21. Bruce Buffalo November 12, 2012 at 1:25 am #

    Cost us a game today, and 14 bad calls, HE MUST go. !!!

    • Scott St. John
      Scott St. John November 12, 2012 at 2:04 am #

      I can’t believe they are allowing him to still officiate NFL games. Leavy clearly has an agenda every time he is takes the field. Didn’t see the game but I take your word for it on the calls. It’s a travesty

  22. Joshroxx November 12, 2012 at 4:27 pm #

    Why was it necessary to pick on the Bills? Fox and Friends? oh I mean Bill Leavy and friends? They are bumbling fools on D not arrogant punks or problems on field but you felt compelled to massage the taints of Belecheat (Schmuck according to Kraft!) and Tom Brady you know Gisele’s wife! Early and Often!!?!? I wonder if it will be on NFL replay and further massaging taints will edit BS phantom or illegal contacts ball on 1 PI multiple times on uncatchable balls?WTF!?!?!? And the look on Bill Leavy and friends faces when you had to give two flags on pats D for Fitz and apologetic to the pats as you throw flags saying its not us it’s Berman at Sportscenter he is only reason we called it we are with you guys! Bills fans only have small victories and Bill and friends you screwed the little people out of the one Sunday in 2012 for the Bills in the 13 th straight bad season. There should be a Mon or Tue Officials show held accountable for calls questioned and answered all together feet held to fire with fines! Defenders get fined for playing football. Refs should be fined investigated for this blatant interference! Heads got a little big after replacements at the least those guys were delusional instead of intentionally kissing Belecheats rings.

    • truthseekerone January 20, 2013 at 11:30 am #

      Well, here we go again, Leavy officiating a Pats game. This time for the AFC Championship with Balt.
      Who’s it gonna be Leavy? Are you on the Pats payroll? Will you help them win and cover the spread?
      Will you call so many penalties to keep the game Under 51?

      Man, I wish I’d be an insider.

  23. JC Derochea January 21, 2013 at 1:59 pm #

    WOW! Leavy’s miscalls in big games keep outing….Super Bowl XL, 2012 Giants-Packers where he refused to overturn obvious fumble when GB player was clearly not down then in 2013, ruling EXACTLY THE OPPOSITE in the Patriots-Ravens game on the Ridley fumble. (Ridley’s falling {leg} momentum had stopped prior to Ridley whacking his knee, jarring the ball loose. Unless Ridley’s leg was levitating and stopped short of the turf, then yes, it was a fumble.)

    Based on Leavy’s continued history of not only bad calls, but his refusal to overturn his bad calls, despite irrefutable evidence (especially in case of Packer 2012 fumble), he should NEVER be allowed to officiate another NFL playoff game!

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