Cassius Marsh says Tony Corrente “tested him on the hip” after a taunt call during Bears vs. Steelers
For the fifth week in a row, âMonday Night Footballâ resulted in a one-scoring result, this time with the Steelers scoring a 29-27 home victory over the visiting Bears.
Sadly, a controversial taunt call against linebacker Cassius Marsh ended up costing Chicago defeat. And the contact that followed between him and manager Tony Corrente became an even bigger story than the loss.
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The provocative sanction imposed on Marsh followed a sack from Pittsburgh quarterback Ben Roethlisberger late in the fourth quarter. The outcome of the game should have seen the Steelers place fourth and -15 in the Chicago 40. But Marsh took several steps towards the Steelers bench, which was enough for Corrente to call him in for a taunt. (Here is of them angles of the action which led to the sanction of mockery).
However, as Marsh began to run towards the bench, he made contact with Corrente. The video appears to show the official getting ready and holding his hip to make contact with Marsh as he passed. Corrente was pulling out his flag when he and Marsh collided.
Marsh, speaking to reporters after the game, said he initially thought the contact was accidental. After reviewing the video, he said he felt Corrente intentionally checked his hip, an action he called “incredibly inappropriate”.
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Corrente after the game also made the call and subsequent contact with Marsh. He explained that Marsh’s “posture” indicated he was making fun of the Steelers bench. The head official also responded to two follow-up questions directly related to the contact with the linebacker, twice saying it had nothing to do with the penalty.
From the pool report:
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The provocative penalty wasn’t the game’s only controversial call, though certainly one of the most important, as it allowed the Steelers to extend their training and end it with a field goal. The Bears were called up for 12 penalties for 115 yards, one of which erased a Justin Fields touchdown to Jimmy Graham due to a low block foul.
These calls and many more have come under heavy criticism from viewers on social media, with many calling for Corrente to be suspended for his actions. Others lamented the fact that officials had such a direct effect on the end result of the match.
It remains to be seen how the NFL reacts to Monday’s game, if at all.