Hatcher: Refs are against us because of Redskins nickname

Redskins defensive end Jason Hatcher has an interesting explanation for a controversial call that went against his team on Sunday.

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Washington Redskins defensive end Jason Hatcher believes the officials blew a key play in the team’s 44-16 Week 11 loss to the Carolina Panthers on Sunday, and he thinks they may have blown it on purpose.

The Redskins were routed by unbeaten Carolina, but a controversial call while the game was still tied in the first half might have swung the momentum. Redskins cornerback Chris Culliver returned an interception for a touchdown that was called back for unnecessary roughness on a hit that was deemed helmet-to-helmet, although the replay was inconclusive.

After the game, Hatcher spoke out against what he believed might be biased officiating.

“We’ve just got to check ourselves. Everybody got to look theirselves in the mirror," Hatcher told reporters, via the Washington Post. "This is a team sport, and we lost as a team. Everybody got to get they self together, get mentally and physically tougher so we can go in here and win. It’s going to be hard, you know, we fighting against teams and the referees. It just is what it is.

“I’m not saying this out of character to get fined, but it is what it is. I don’t know if it’s about the name or what, but at the same time, we play football, too. We work our butt off, too. Don’t single us out. At the end of the day, it’s the name. Don’t worry about the name – we players and we work our butt off, too. I’m just frustrated with it. We shouldn’t have to be punished for that. It’s been every game, calls after calls that should’ve been made in our favor, but it goes to them. It’s just not right. We in the league, too. We’re National Football (League) players. We got a team, too. We go out there, and we sweat and work hard, too. I don’t give a crap about the name. We are players. We’ve got feelings too, and we want to win, too.”

Hatcher’s explanation doesn’t account for the Redskins’ inability to generate a running game (14 yards on 12 total carries) or stop Carolina quarterback Cam Newton (five passing touchdowns). 

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