Golden Tate and NFL replacement referee Lance Easley, who credited the Seattle Seahawks wide receiver with the game-winning touchdown against the Green Bay Packers in Seattle’s 14-12 win in Week 3 of the 2012 season, reunited on Sunday.
Easley umpired Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman’s charity softball game at Cheney Stadium in Tacoma, Washington.
“I’m here for charity,’’ Easley said to The Seattle Times. “I would do the same for their (Green Bay’s) charities.’’
Easley said he still believes he made the right call.
“I wouldn’t change anything,” Easley said to The News Tribune. “I can’t. The NFL upheld it. I’ve looked at plenty of video. I’ve talked to my replay guys, and there was nothing that could turn it over. And the fact is, if you want to say that the defender had control of it in the air – and that’s loosely used, because in the process of a catch you have to have two feet, or another body part, and control of the ball when you touch the ground inbounds – the ball could have come loose anywhere in that process for a second, which nobody could really see, even with all of the cameras.
“If it did, then it’s a loose ball, but it didn’t touch the ground. So if they’re both on it, it goes to the offense. So it was just one of those calls that will live in NFL history.
“It probably will never happen again, just like the Immaculate Reception.”
As far as the celebrity softball game, which raised funds for Home for Heroes, Sherman’s event drew big names, including Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson, safeties Earl Thomas and Kam Chancellor and middle linebacker Bobby Wagner, along with receivers Percy Harvin, Earl Thomas, Golden Tate and Doug Baldwin.
Non-Seattle players included Arizona receivers Larry Fitzgerald and Andre Roberts, future Hall of Famer Terrell Owens, Sonics legend Shawn Kemp, and Tacoma natives Lawyer Milloy, Marcus Trufant and Desmond Trufant.