INGLEWOOD, Calif. — Joey Bosa, star pass rusher for the Los Angeles Chargers, ripped NFL referees after Monday night’s 28-14 win over the Las Vegas Raiders.
Bosa, asked about being hit with a 15-yard unsportsmanlike penalty during the fourth quarter, said, “I didn’t even know they called the penalty on me ‘cause I was fuming. But, I mean, refs are blind. …I’m sorry, but you’re blind. Like open your eyes and do your job. It’s so bad. Unbelievable.’’
Bosa, a three-time Pro Bowl selection, appeared to be upset that a holding penalty was not called against a lineman trying to block Bosa on the play. Bosa already had one sack, increasing his career total to 50, fourth-best all-time in Chargers history.
“I should never lose my control like that,’’ he said of an outburst that led to the unsportsmanlike penalty. “But these guys have got to do a better job because it’s been years of terrible, terrible missed calls left and right. It’s really pathetic, honestly. But pathetic on me, too, for doing what I did. Call or not, I have to take a step back and just go the next play. But, man, they just seem to not … have their eyes open half the time.’’
The penalty was called with 3:56 left in the game. With the Raiders facing first-and-10 at their own 37-yard line, quarterback Derek Carr threw an incomplete pass on the play. But after the unsportsmanlike penalty, the Raiders moved to the Las Vegas 48.
“Fifteen yards, it’s a big deal,’’ Bosa said.
But two play later, Chargers safety Derwin James intercepted Carr to seal the victory.
This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Joey Bosa rips referees after Chargers’ win over Raiders on MNF