According to ESPN’s Chris Mortensen, replacement official Brian Stropolo has been pulled from today’s Saints-Panthers game, because his Facebook page clearly shows that he’s a fan of the Saints.
“The official Brian Stropolo was replaced because his active facebook page unabashedly displays fan passion for the Saints. He was assigned to the Saints-Panthers game as the side judge. Full story coming up online,” Mortensen reported.
This is just another problem with the replacement officials and a reason the NFL needs to get the regular officials back on the field as soon as possible.