NFL Referee Jeff Triplette Shoves Clay Matthews

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Official Jeff Triplette had a lot of pent-up energy he needed to burn off in his first game back on a NFL field.  Who knew that Packers linebacker Clay Matthews would be the victim?

Late in the 4th quarter of the Green Bay Packers 28-27 win over the New Orleans Saints, Darren Sproles fumbled a kickoff return that caused a heated pile-up for the ball.  While the officials were trying to determine who had possession Triplette pushed Matthews away by his helmet than followed that up with a shove to his chest.  Triplette even gave some head wagging to Matthews.

I would recommend that Triplette get a Discount Doublecheck on some health insurance.

The ball was eventually ruled down by contact (which was a terrible call).

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Alex Balcerski is the owner of RideThePine.com and a former radio talk show host for CBS Radio. His work has been featured on SportsIllustrated.com, Fox Sports, MSN, and the Los Angeles Times.