Yes, the Miami Heat were watching. And, yes, like their sporting brethren in the NFL, they too can't believe what they saw.
While LeBron James is a devout Dallas Cowboys fan and Mario Chalmers a passionate Carolina Panthers fan, neither found themselves a fan of the NFL on Monday night.
At least when it came to replacement referees.
Instead, both of the Heat championship mainstays found themselves angered by the finish of the Green Bay Packers' loss to the Seattle Seahawks on the botched final decision by the NFL's replacement officials.
In the wake of an apparent Packers interception ruled a game-winning Seahawks touchdown catch at the expiration of time on Monday Night Football, James posted on his Twitter account:
"These replacement refs gotta go man!! Packers just got game took from them. I LOVE NFL football to much to see this type of work."
He followed by posting:
"I simply just LOVE the NFL to much to see these mistakes. I'm sick like I just played for the Packers."
Prior to that he posted:
"C'mon man!! That's clearly a interception."
Along the way, Chalmers posted on his Twitter account:
"Yo I'm seriously bout to boycott the NFL until they bring the real refs back. Can u really call that a TD. That's not even close."
With James, the irony is that Seattle coach Pete Carroll last October had a James Seahawks jersey made up as the two had a Twitter exchange about James possibly playing in the NFL amid the NBA lockout.
No sooner had James posted a year ago about possible NFL intentions, Carroll responded on his Twitter, "Hey @KingJames are you aware of what the League’s rookie minimum is?"
Replied James amid the lockout, "Yeah, more than what I’m making now Coach."
So Carroll continued with positional ideas, tweeting:
"I kinda think of you as a touchdown maker but is it true you think of yourself as a pass rusher?"
Like Golden Tate on Monday night, James tweeted back last October, "TD maker for sure!"
That's when Carroll went as far as to offer a mock tryout at the University of Miami, posting:
"I like it! maybe you should head over to #TheU & I’ll set up a little workout for you to catch a few balls."
Little did James know at the time it likely involved an offensive-pass-interference drill, as well.
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