NFL referee Alex Kemp went viral during the game between the Detroit Lions and Seattle Seahawks on Sunday for his hilarious in-game exchange with a star QB.
The NFL referee quickly let Geno Smith know he did not appreciate the Seahawks QB interrupting him while trying to announce a penalty on the intercom.
In the fourth quarter, with the Seahawks down 21-17, Smith was called for intentional grounding after throwing the ball outbounds.
However, Smith felt it was a clear overthrow to his receiver, Tyler Lockett, and argued it to be just miscommunication on Lockett’s route and not penalty-worthy.
Going by the rules, intentional grounding should be called when the quarterback is facing pressure from the defense and throws a “forward pass without a realistic chance of completion.”
Smith expressed that wasn’t the case and tried to assert his claim to Kemp, but he had already started to announce the penalty and was displeased by the quarterback’s attempt to sway him.
“I’m talking to America here, excuse me,” Kemp told Smith.
NFL fans swarmed 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 when someone interrupts while I’m doing an Instagram story.”
And a fourth: “Love when refs act human for once.”
The Seahawks would go on to knock off the Lions in overtime with a 37-31 victory and head home for a Week 3 match against the Carolina Panthers.