Tampa Bay Buccaneers receiver Michael Clayton was livid after and during the game over an apparent catch, that was ruled an interception by officials. Dolphins’ defensive end / outside linebacker Jason Taylor was credited with the pick in the first half of a heartbreaking loss to the Dolphins.
Clayton recounted the events that unfolded to Stephen Holder, of the St. Petersburg Tmes , but rest assured Roger Goodell and the league office is sure to review Clayton’s comments – to decide whether a fine is warranted or not.
“I hope they got it right,” he said. “I hope they saw something that we didn’t see, because for me, from what I saw, it was pitiful. There’s no reason for that in any league. That’s just a routine catch. I hope they got it right. I would hate for a game to come down to that. For a game to be taken away on a call like that, that hurts.”
He later added, “I know it was a catch. One hundred percent. I do hope that I’m wrong. That hurts to see that happen, to see something taken from you. I just hope that they got it right. They didn’t give us an explanation for it. That’s the sad part about it. You can’t even give an explanation. I think every (official) on that field deserves to give a head coach an explanation for what just happened, especially under those circumstances. In return, we get a penalty? I think that that’s sad. I don’t think it’s called for.”
Based on what Holder was able to get from Clayton, its not damming in nature and doesn’t ring of a player exploding and just lambasting the officiating crew, but depending on what Clayton said to officials’ during the game, he could be walking around a few dollars lighter throughout the week.