Joey Bosa

If Los Angeles Chargers linebacker Joey Bosa was trying to avoid an NFL fine for talking negatively about NFL referees, that ship has sailed.

Bosa was flagged twice for unsportsmanlike conduct on Saturday in the Wild Card Weekend showdown between the Chargers and Jacksonville Jaguars, one of which had a crucial impact on a two-point conversation that helped Jacksonville complete their epic comeback. He was also seen slamming his helmet to the ground twice over frustration regarding uncalled penalties in the other direction.

After the game, Bosa took accountability but also said “I’m not going to speak my mind and get fined more than I already am.” However, on Monday, he let loose with a full-on rant against NFL refs and their lack of accountability that is almost certainly going to get him fined in a major way.

“I think there just needs to be more accountability on…I mean, if I say something to them, I get a $40,000 fine,” Bosa said to reporters in the locker room. “But if they blow a call that ruins an entire team’s season, they get to… they’re probably back in the locker room after the game, like, ‘Haha, got that a**hole. Yeah, got him. Fifteen yards. What a loser.’ I guarantee you that’s what they’re f***ing talking like in the back.”

NFL officials have been getting tons of blowback all season long and there is certainly room for teams and players to try and change that. However, all Bosa probably did was cost himself a lot of money and also put a target on his back the next time he’s looking to get a call (or avoid one).

[Awful Announcing, PFT]

About Sean Keeley

Along with writing for Awful Announcing and The Comeback, Sean is the Editorial Strategy Director for Comeback Media. Previously, he created the Syracuse blog Troy Nunes Is An Absolute Magician and wrote 'How To Grow An Orange: The Right Way to Brainwash Your Child Into Rooting for Syracuse.' He has also written non-Syracuse-related things for SB Nation, Curbed, and other outlets. He currently lives in Seattle where he is complaining about bagels. Send tips/comments/complaints to