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“We’re aware of these reports, but we can’t confirm the reports at this time,” NFL spokesman John Mara told The Associated Press.
The NFL has faced calls from players and their lawyers to address concerns over how referees and officials use video evidence, but Mara said the league is not looking to impose any sanctions on officials.
“There is no way that any of the officials are being penalized for the decisions they make, because we don’t have a policy on that,” Mara said.
“What we’re trying to do is educate our officials about the rules of the game, and I’m confident that they’ll be able to follow the rules.”
In recent weeks, some NFL officials have been called out for improper conduct, and former referee Mike Carey resigned amid an ongoing investigation.
Carey said on Twitter he was leaving the NFL because of the ongoing probe.
In a statement to USA TODAY Sports, the NFL said the players’ claims are not accurate and that “any insinuations that the NFL is retaliating against anyone or condoning any conduct are untrue and unfounded.”
Carey said he has no intention of stepping down.
“I am stepping down from my position as an NFL referee and am not resigning,” Carey said in the statement.
“At this point, the focus remains on the game.” “
Carey, who was not immediately available for comment on Monday, has been with the NFL for nearly 10 years and worked in the field for 30 years. “
At this point, the focus remains on the game.”
Carey, who was not immediately available for comment on Monday, has been with the NFL for nearly 10 years and worked in the field for 30 years.
He said he is disappointed the investigation is still ongoing.
“It’s very disappointing that it’s still going on,” Carey told the AP.
“If it were a football game, I wouldn’t be on the sidelines doing this, but the NFL has a job to do.”
Carey did not respond to an email seeking comment from USA TODAY sports.
Carey did officiate Super Bowl XLVII, and the Raiders won, 26-21.
“The way I see it, if you want to be a referee, you’re supposed to be an honest person,” Carey, a former NFL referee, said in a video interview with USA TODAY last month.
“And if you’re doing something like that that’s not what I was trained to do.
So I think it’s very unfortunate.”