- NFL referee Alex Kemp has gone viral for his exchange with Geno Smith
- The encounter took place during Seattle Seahawks’ clash with the Detroit Lions
- The Seattle Seahawks would go on to pick up their first win of the season
An NFL referee has gone viral for his hilarious interaction with Seattle Seahawks quarterback Geno Smith during their clash with Detroit Lions on Sunday.
The Seahawks came into the clash with the Lions off the back of their opening defeat to LA Rams.
In the fourth quarter of the showdown with the Lions, Smith was called for intentional grounding after throwing the ball outbounds.
Smith believed that it was a clear overthrow to Tyler Lockett with the quarterback arguing it to be just miscommunication on Lockett’s route.
NFL rules state that intentional grounding to be called when a quarterback is facing pressure and throws a ‘forward pass without a realistic chance of completion.’
NFL referee Alex Kemp went viral for his exchange with Geno Smith on Sunday evening
Smith was called for intentional grounding after throwing the ball outbounds in the fourth quarter but was unhappy with the decision
Smith stated that wasn’t the case and tried to express his claim to referee Alex Kemp – who wasn’t having any of it.
Kemp had already started to announce the penalty and was unimpressed with Smith’s attempts to change his mind.
‘I’m talking to America here, excuse me,’ Kemp told Smith.
At the time, the Seahawks were down 21-17 – as they looked to secure their first win of the NFL season.
The Seahawks would go on to beat the Lions in overtime with a 37-31 win – with Smith playing a key role in their comeback win.
Smith, who was 32 of 41 for 328 yards with two touchdown throws to Lockett, was relieved to pick up the win on Sunday.
‘We had been moving the ball really well all game,’ said Smith, he said.
‘We had a lot of confidence that we could go down the field and get that touchdown.’
The Seahawks would go on to pick up their first win of the season against the Detroit Lions
Smith (centre) was 32 of 41 for 328 yards with two touchdown throws to Lockett
The Seahawks bounced back in perfect style to pick up their first victory of the regular season.
‘We knew that wasn’t our team last week,’ Smith added.
Smith, and his fellow Seahawks teammates are back in action again next week when they face the Carolina Panthers next Sunday.