Referee Alex Kemp created easily the funniest moment of Week 2 Sunday.
Early in the fourth quarter of the Seattle Seahawks game against the Detroit Lions, officials flagged Seattle QB Geno Smith for intentional grounding.
Kemp keyed his mic to announce the penalty and everything went as expected, until Smith wandered over to contest the call.
“Intentional grounding, offense, No. 7,” Kemp announced. “10-yard penalty …”
Enter Smith, who walked right in front of Kemp and protested the penalty.
Kemp looked at Smith and said, “I’m talking to America here, excuse me.”
As Smith walked off, Kemp finished his call without missing a beat.
— NFL (@NFL) September 17, 2023
Fox analyst Greg Olsen got a laugh out of Kemp’s comment, quickly noting, “That is the best line I’ve ever heard out of an official.”
The NFL is often criticized for being too serious (“No Fun League”). But fans definitely had fun with Kemp’s nonchalant “Talking to America” message.
GENO A MEME NOW! pic.twitter.com/TAvRnaNkM4
— Hotep Davei 𝕏 (@Davei_Boi) September 17, 2023
I think moving forward, I’m going to say this whenever anyone interrupts me….🤣
— Heather Provost (@psirulehpro) September 17, 2023
I’m 100% going to say this the next time someone interrupts me in a meeting at work.
— DeFi Samurai (@DefiSamurai) September 17, 2023
I’m trying to speak to the whole world
— Sofiaaa (@SweetySofiaaa) September 17, 2023
That man really said I’m talkin to America here 🤣
— Anthony Bernal (@jabernal1987) September 17, 2023
As somebody watching in the UK, I’m offended 😜😜
— Adrian Kellers (@AdeWilliamK) September 17, 2023
[NFL; Photo Credit: Fox Sports]